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Handmade Valentine Card a Day – Day 17

preciousvdaycard.JPGWelcome to day 17 of our handmade Valentine Card a Day series! Previous cards can be viewed here, with instructions.

Today’s card features a packing tape transfer of a vintage image!

1 piece of red patterned paper, 1 piece of green patterned paper or cardstock, silver eyelet, red and white Martha Stewart baker’s twine, small piece of twill tape, piece of printed twill, “Precious,” (or you can stamp the letters on plain twill), vintage photo or drawing from an old book, small piece of cardboard, small piece of packing tape, small bowl of water.

Scissors, deco scissors (like pinking shears), hole punch, eyelet setter (i.e. Crop-a-Dile).


1. Cut out a heart shape from a piece of green patterned paper or cardstock. Trim edges using pinking shears. This will be your base.

2. Cut out a smaller heart shape from a piece of red patterned paper. Trim edges using pinking shears. Glue down on top of green paper.

3. Cut out a smaller heart from a piece of thin cardboard.

4. Apply a piece of packing tape overtop of vintage image. Cut out into shape of heart (the same size as the cardboard heart).

5. Put entire piece of packing taped image into bowl of water and let sit for a few minutes. Every so often check to see if it’s ready by gently rubbing back of paper to see if it comes off between your fingers. If it comes off easily, then continue rubbing it until all of the paper disappears. If some remains, that just adds to the handmade quality of it! Some sticky residue from the tape will remain and with this you can apply it to the cardboard heart. If there isn’t enough use some adhesive.

5. Use eyelet setter and eyelet to attach a piece of twill to top of cardboard/transfer heart.

5. Tie a piece of baker’s twine through top of twill tape.

6. Glue down piece of printed twill to side of image transfer heart. If you don’t have a pre-printed piece of twill, use some letter stamps to stamp a Valentine’ish word to plain twill.

Stop by tomorrow to see day 18 of our Valentine Card a Day posts!

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