My earliest memory of making cards is making Valentine cards with red construction paper and white doilies. Perhaps you can relate?

Since then my handmade Valentine cards have gotten a bit fancier and so can yours! Don’t worry, you can still use doilies. 🙂

These Valentine cards that I made last year are a little bit larger than the cards I usually make. (You’ll find all the details for them at the bottom of this post)

With a finished size of 5″ x 7″, there’s plenty of room inside to express your love!

This year my 5×7 Valentine cards are a bit more grade school than classic…

They are still a finished size of 5″x7″, but a lot more fun and perfect for kids of all ages.

As soon as I saw Stampin’ Up!’s adorable Snail Mail paper pack I knew it would be perfect for making Valentine cards!

 

Blushing Bride card base: 7” x 10” scored at 5” – finished size 5×7
Snail paper: 4″ x 6″
Bermuda Bay: 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” and 1-1/4″ x 4″

Tips for making these Snail Valentine Cards:

  • The video below has tips on how to cut and score your card stock to make a 5″ x 7″ card base
  • I love a stamped image with a coordinating punch and this “Happy Valentine’s day” heart stamp actually has 2 coordinating punches! You’re going to want to grab the Heartfelt Bundle to get the stamp set and 2 heart punches to make all four of these cards.
  • Stamp first then turn your punch over to center your stamped image and punch it out.
  • Step it up by embossing the Bermuda Bay card stock strip with an embossing folder or adding ribbon or other embellishments.

 

Real Red card base: 7” x 10” scored at 5” – finished size 5×7
Snail paper: 3″ x 6″
Blushing Bride: 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

Send a little extra love this year with a 5×7 card!

 

(don’t forget to save this tutorial for later!)

Supplies Used:

Note: I used Whisper White card stock to make the cards in this post but since it’s no longer available, I linked to the NEW Basic White above. It will work the same.

 

Here’s a quick video that will show you how to make a 5×7 card base…

 

5×7 cards aren’t just for Valentine cards so give it a try for any type of card!

Flirty Flamingo card base: 7” x 10” scored at 5” – finished size 5×7
Heart paper: 4″ x 6″
Real Red: 4-1/4” x 6-1/4”
Flirty Flamingo: 1” x 3-3/4”
Whisper White insert: 4-3/4” x 6-3/4”

Tips for making this Valentine Card:

  • A little bit of ribbon goes a long way in adding a little texture and depth. Especially when the ribbon is crinkled. I just taped this piece down in the middle and let it fold and curl up a bit.
  • The Subtle embossing folder adds just the right amount of texture. For this card, I used it on the banner cut piece.
  • You’ll find tips for getting even banner cut ends here: 5 Ways to Cut Even Banner Ends

 

Real Red card base: 7” x 10” scored at 5” – finished size 5×7
Hearts paper: 2-1/4″ x 5″
Flirty Flamingo: 4-1/2” x 5”
Whisper White: ½” x 3-1/4”
Tops of 2 heart doilies
Whisper White insert: 4-3/4” x 6-3/4”

Tips for Making this Valentine Card:

  • Check out the tips for cards above, because many of them apply to this card too!
  • My favorite tip for this card is to cut your heart doilies in half, turn the top half upside down and tape underneath a piece of card stock so that you have doily edging! For this card, I used two heart doilies taped next to each other.
  • I love to use embossing folders because they are so quick to use and they can easily add that little something that will take your card from nice to WOW! On this card I used the Parisian Flourish 3D FolderIf you have a Big Shot, I have a Big Shot Embossing Folder Tutorial on how to make your sandwich to use Stampin’ Up!’s new embossing folders.
  • The small heart was die-cut that came from the retired Lots to Love Box dies. Remember when I said that was a must-have? You should have listened to me! 🙂  But seriously, you probably have a small heart die or punch if you dig through your supplies. My tip here – pair your new supplies with old supplies you already have! 

 

I hope these ideas have inspired you to make some Valentine cards or even a few 5×7 cards for any occasion!

Happy Stamping!
Jessica

P.S. Want to make more cards with those pretty papers you’ve been hoarding? These cards were part of a One Sheet Wonder template that I designed to help you make a stack of regular A2 or larger 5×7 cards without wasting a single bit of your sheet of pretty paper! Join the One Sheet Wonder Card Club and look for the January 2020 template in the Ultimate Template Library!

 

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