Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and of course I could run to the store and get store bought valentine’s cards for my daughter to exchange….BUT, I am crafter so what’s one to do???
Design your own DIY Scratch off Valentine’s Day cards of course!!
(Note: I did totally run to the store for my son’s valentine’s…..he just does not appreciate the handmade stuff….YET)
As I thought about crafting our own cards for Parker to exchange at school, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the new Silhouette America Scratch Off Stickers. I mean, as a kid, I loved scratch off stuff and thought it would be a different card for her classmates to get. I am guessing all the other cards she gets this year from her classmates will be Star Wars related (just thinking!!).
With this in mind, I set out to create a fun and different card. I decided that I also wanted to do something different with the “envelope” so we found some cute chevron treat bags that I will slip the cards in with a few candies.
So, how did I design the card?
I looked through the Silhouette Design Store. I knew I wanted some sort of “frame” around the edge of the design so I decided to go with this one:
Then, as I looked through the design store and the valentine’s art, I found this cute owl and saying.
I also found this cute toad and thought of the “Have a Toadally Awesome Valentine’s Day” saying to go with it.
I really suggest using “Print and Cut” designs to do this, otherwise, you’ll be moving all the little pieces around to layer and create the design and color it in….kind of tedious.
I put these all together in the Silhouettte Studio to make the cards. I used the print and cut feature to print these on my laser printer on cardstock.
And then, I realized my huge mistake…..after I had printed all 18 cards I needed. ACK!!! So, my intent was that I would cut the edge of the cards on the Silhouette so they would have that super cute scallop edge. But, unfortunately, I did not think about the frame having an outside and inside edge that the computer would read as needing to be cut (and could not be ungrouped to only cut one edge). So, then I decided to just cut the outer edge of the cards with the paper trimmer and move on. Lesson learned!
Once my cards were printed and cut, it was time to create my “scratch off” stickers to cover the text on the cards. I created a box around my text on each card to make sure the box would cover all the text. Then I copied the box and created a brand new file in the Silhouette Design software.
Then I cut them on the Silhouette…it was so easy but you definitely have to be careful when you peel your shapes from the sheet to make sure you do not pull up the backing too.
And look, how fun is this!! Scratch off!
I can think of so many uses for this fun paper….murder mystery parties, detective birthday parties, gender reveals, gift coupons….just tons of uses.
And for the final product…..
So, I am dying to know….what Valentine’s Cards are your kids exchanging this year? AND…what do you do with them all when they come home???