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These are some miniature Valentine cards I made for our February issue's well opener. We needed just one very small valentine for the shot, and ended up choosing a version with a ric-rac edge... But I loved them all! See below for a description of the materials and a simple how-to that applies to all.

Its hard to be cynical about Valentine's day when you think of it as an occasion to make something sweet for someone you love. And also: pink! Anyway, I've made little cards for friends, family, even my pets. Hooray for valentines day!

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these all have tiny ric-rac edges glued with craft glue, and bows made with silk embroidery ribbon.

1 these all have tiny ric-rac edges glued with craft glue, and bows made with silk embroidery ribbon.

On the left - punched edges stitched with more embroidery ribbon. I was attempting to make it look like piped frosting... not sure if it does! the other card is embellished with a paper dresden from D. Blumchen.

2 On the left - punched edges stitched with more embroidery ribbon. I was attempting to make it look like piped frosting... not sure if it does! the other card is embellished with a paper dresden from D. Blumchen.

pleated tissue for a ruffled edge, and on the right scalloped edges cut from a doily and glued on.

3 pleated tissue for a ruffled edge, and on the right scalloped edges cut from a doily and glued on.

a vellum card with a gold arrow (also from D. Blumchen), and a card tied closed with a satin ribbon. I was trying to make this one look like a tiny candy box...

4 a vellum card with a gold arrow (also from D. Blumchen), and a card tied closed with a satin ribbon. I was trying to make this one look like a tiny candy box...

These are all made by folding colored paper and tracing a heart shape on top so that the folded edge lines up with the left side, leaving the card intact when the shape is cut out.

5 These are all made by folding colored paper and tracing a heart shape on top so that the folded edge lines up with the left side, leaving the card intact when the shape is cut out.

Comments (11)

  • Love these little valentines. I am never cynical about valentines day! I've loved it since I was small.

  • These are so cute! I LOVE the pink one with the ribbon edges (2nd one). That's so cute. The only thing that would make it better, even though it'd take longer is to stitch a message in them.

  • Got. To. Make. My. Valentines. Day. Card.

  • Your friends & family (and your pets!) are so lucky to be receiving such beautiful Valentines, Althea! I made a hand-painted Valentine's day card for my husband using the Aboriginal painting technique I learned in Brisbane last summer. (Have you seen their painting with lots of tiny dots? I painted my own boomerang!) I am afraid I ran out of time to make one for my dog Kumo (sorry, Buddy!)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  • It so nice to see hand made cards. All my sons Valentine' s from school were really bad commercial store cards. NO creative what so ever

  • BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE CARDS! SO CUTE.
    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  • I still have some to send--I just could'nt decide..I love these too!(Happy Valentines Day To Martha Stewart!)

  • great idea and sweet! so sad it is over! happy presidents day!!

  • Miniature cards WOULD be perfect for pets ... I should whip a few up next year for the doggies (and cats, too, although cats are so much less grateful for those little tributes from their obliging servants).

  • Great idea I want to try this next valentines day.

  • Heh am I honestly the first comment to this amazing writing?!?

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