Creative DIY Love Card Ideas

Kate Miller-Wilson

Romantic Love Greeting Cards

These beautiful and easy love greeting card ideas will inspire you, whether you need a Valentine's Day card or just want to show someone special how much you care. You don't have to be an artist to make these gorgeous designs.

For this pretty handmade card, you'll need glitter, glue, watercolor paints, cardstock, and a marker. Here's what to do:

  1. Make a freeform brushstroke design with watercolors on white cardstock. Allow it to dry.
  2. Use glue to make a heart shape over the watercolor and sprinkle it with gold glitter.
  3. With a black marker, make an "i" and a "u" on either side of the glitter heart.

Music of Love

If you have some leftover scrapbook supplies, you can use these and some sheet music to make a gorgeous card. Here's how:

  1. Cut a rectangle of sheet music to fit on a plain card. Distress the edges with a dark brown ink pad and glue the sheet music to the card.
  2. Glue on pretty embellishments from your stash or local craft store, such as paper flowers, hearts, and gems.
  3. Use rubber stamps to add romantic messages.

Watercolor Heart Card

This stunning two-toned watercolor heart card is perfect for anniversaries and other special events where you need to show your love. It has plenty of artistic flair and feels very personal, plus it's easy to make.

  1. Use a pencil to lightly draw a heart on a blank white card. Paint half of the heart purple and allow it to dry.
  2. Paint the other half of the heart blue and add a little extra water to the paint. Before it dries, lightly blow on the paint to make it run. Allow it to dry.
  3. Using a purple calligraphy marker, write "I love you" or another special message.

Love That Sparkles

Show off the beauty of your love with this simple greeting card idea. You'll need decoupage medium, such as Mod Podge, a foam paintbrush, plenty of glitter, and a pencil.

  1. Place a blank card on a protected work surface. Use a foam brush to brush the entire front of the card with decoupage medium.
  2. Cover the whole card with lots of glitter. Tap off the excess.
  3. Before the decoupage medium dries, use the eraser end of a pencil to scrape off the glitter in a heart shape. Let the card dry and write a romantic message or cute love quote inside.

Painted Love

Using paint and glitter, you can make a variety of beautiful love greeting card designs. In this one, you use acrylic paint instead of watercolors.

  1. On a medium pink blank card, make some brush strokes in light pink acrylic paint. Allow it to dry.
  2. Paint a darker pink heart over the brush strokes. Let this dry.
  3. Make a heart shape with glue and add gold glitter.
  4. Finally, write "Love" or any other message you choose in bold black marker.

Dimensional Red Hearts

You can make a beautiful greeting card with paper cutting. All you need are red cardstock, a craft knife, and glue.

  1. Start by cutting heart shapes out of the front of a plain white greeting card.
  2. Glue the heart cutouts to the front of the card.
  3. Cut several smaller-sized hearts out of red cardstock.
  4. Close the card, and glue the red hearts to the inside of the card so they are framed by the cutouts.

Layered Rainbow Hearts

Using watercolors, you can create a gorgeous layered heart design for a greeting card. You'll need black marker as well.

  1. Starting with a blank card, begin making watercolor hearts with the points aiming toward the center of the card. Allow them to dry.
  2. When the first layer is dry, make another layer of hearts the same way, overlapping the original ones. Add a third layer too if you desire.
  3. After everything is dry, use a black marker to write "Love" in script letters.

Scrabble-Style Love

If you're making a card for someone who loves playing word games, you can create an adorable card design they will adore.

  1. Pick up some wood tiles from the craft store, and paint them with the letters "L," "O," "V," and "E."
  2. After the tiles are dry, glue them to the center of a plain red card.
  3. Allow the glue to dry. Then write a message of love inside the card.

Layered Tissue Hearts

Make a creative greeting card by layering tissue paper hearts. You'll need watercolors, glue, and a white paint pen.

  1. Cut several freeform hearts out of pale pink tissue paper.
  2. Using darker pink watercolor paint, add brush strokes to some of the hearts. Use paint to define the edges of each heart as well.
  3. Glue the hearts to create an uneven stack. Then glue the stack to a plain white greeting card.
  4. Use a white paint pen to add a greeting.

Rainbow Love

This lovely design for a greeting card also uses watercolors. Simply mask off a heart by using a stencil. Then paint rainbow stripes and remove the stencil. After the paint is dry, add your message with a black marker.

No matter how you decide to create your own greeting cards, you'll find that the results are much more personal and meaningful than anything you can buy in a store.

Kate Miller-Wilson
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Creative DIY Love Card Ideas