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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. I realize just typing the last sentence is like lacing this post with a holiday explosive. For some, the explosion is full of pink “XO” confetti, homemade “1 free hug” coupons, and heart shape cookie cutters to shape everything from pancakes to dog food in hearts (I can honestly say I’m pretty much this explosion). For others, the explosion is more black roses and heart piñatas. So if you find yourself swooning just thinking of Valentine’s, keep reading, if not, look away and hit that piñata one extra time.

I don’t always make my own cards, but I had a few cute ones turn out, so I wanted to share the end products! If you are looking for cute, simple, homemade Valentine’s cards, this is what you’ll need to start:

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Let’s start with the simplest card. “I must-ache” you… will you be my Valentine?

I always start by prepping all the pieces. For this, simply cut a mustache out of the black paper (to measure the size, use the card to decide the width of the mustache. If you aren’t placing in an envelope, I think it would be cute to make it wider than the card). Then, with your scissors, snip 2 small slits in the middle of the mustache (The goal is to insert suckers). It should look like this:

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Now, we just need to write our fun phrase, glue down the sides of the mustache and make it a little snazzier with metallic sharpies and voila:

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For the second card, we are doing the popular, “BEE my Valentine,” theme for V-day, with a little design joo-joo for flare. Grab the black paper, honeycomb paper and ribbon.

Now lets pre-cut our pieces like before. It will look like this (+ honeycomb paper wings):

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For the honeycomb paper, I used the envelope to get the dimensions of what size to cut it (I cut it down a little after that, just for ease of getting it into the envelope). The black paper needs to be smaller (I like it much smaller, so the honeycomb paper is more apparent) and once cut, I square off the edges. I glue the black paper on the honeycomb and make 2 slits side by side to thread the thin ribbon through. (If your honeycomb paper is on the thinner side, you will need to set something heavy on this card once the glue is applied so it doesn’t buckle).

I add the chapstick on top of the ribbon and tie it on. Glue the wings on either side of the chapstick and add the title for a real “stinger” of a finish.

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Lastly, and not to mention, my favorite, my “What is Love” card. Gather the white paper, black paper, and googly eyes. Again, get your cut pieces together first:

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(stay with me here)

Now for this one, it is just writing and gluing. The design of the words and dots are all up to you, so have fun and make it personal to your style! Once the front is all set, we can glue down our pieces on the inside and finish off the card.

What is Love? Baby don’t HERD me (just in case you need a little help with this punny card)

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 Hopefully, one of the cards, if not all, seem simple and the perfect addition(s) to your homemade, Valentine’s, love explosion this year (if nothing else, a good filler for the piñata).

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heheheh, I mean look at those eyes!

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

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