I’m starting to feel those warm, fuzzy, wuvy-duvy feelings… That means that Valentine’s Day is almost here! Because I love you for all of your support and for taking the time to read this blog, I’m giving you a FREE Valentine’s Day card that you can print to your heart’s content and give to all of your favourite people.*
After you download your design here, you will need the following:
- Craft knife (or butter knife)
- 8.5 x 11 inch card stock
Step 1. Print the design
Place your card stock in your printer, then open your PDF on your computer. Select ‘Print’ (icon in top menu, or in upper left corner go to File>Print). In the dialog box, make sure that “Actual Size” is checked off. This will ensure that the scale of the design will not be reduced. If you have the option, make sure that your printer is printing images at the highest possible quality (these settings are normally found when selecting “Properties” or “Advanced” in the dialog box). If you are using an inkjet printer, let your card stock sit for a few minutes after printing to allow the ink to dry.
Step 2: Measure & Score
Scoring means to cut or scratch a line on a surface. Cards are folded on a scored line, which helps to guide the fold and prevent crumpled creases.
First, we will need to determine where the center of the paper lies. Flip your paper design-side down, then take your ruler and place it along the lengthwise edge, which should measure 11 inches. At the 5.5 inch mark, lightly make a little dot or line with your pencil. Do the same on the other side. Make sure that you are measuring very carefully in order to get it just right. “Measure twice, cut once”, as they say (or “score once” in our case).
Next, take your ruler and place it on the center of the paper crosswise, lining it up with the dots/lines you just made. You should stand up at this point and look down at your paper to see that the ruler is perfectly straight and center. Then you will take your craft knife (or butter knife) and hold it with the blade facing up and away from the paper (seen below – be very careful not to cut your finger).
Then, with your other hand securing your ruler, gently drag (not press) the blade along the edge of the ruler across the paper. Go slow so that your knife does not jump away from the ruler or towards your hand holding the ruler in place. DO NOT CUT THROUGH THE PAPER. We are simply scratching the surface. Drag your knife across the paper a couple times to ensure a good score.
Step 3. Fold (or what I call “The Moment of Truth”)
This is when you find out if you did a precise measurement or not. It’s okay if you didn’t get it right. You might just need to practice. If you are having a hard time, practicing measuring and scoring on a scrap piece of paper before printing a second card.
Flip your paper over design-side up and carefully fold along the scored line. The paper should fold with little resistance. However, you will likely find that your card does not close perfectly flat.
Using the handle or cap of your knife (or even your finger nail), press down the spine of the card against your working surface, as seen below. Flip the card over and repeat. You will find that this helps to flatten your card. Continue until satisfied.
Step 4. Finish & Personalize
Your card is complete! Now that you are a master card creator, you can print, score, and fold as many as these bad-boys as you like! You card will measure 5.5 by 8.5 inches when folded, which means it is a standard A9 card size (which also means you can purchase A9 envelopes for them if you so choose). Now all you need to do is write your personalized message in your cards and voila – your Valentine card is ready to be given to the special someone.
*This design is free for PERSONAL USE. The design is still the intellectual property of Vena Carr. Anyone who downloads this card cannot sell the design, remove Vena Carr’s logo or URL from the design, or claim it as their own work.