Use the Paper
Making gifts and cards is a way to show your love for someone special. So, this Valentine's Day, send your loved ones a handmade card on the Grid. It's easier than you think and the lucky recipient will find it priceless.
Grid Cards and are printed with the same grid you use on your scrapbook pages, so your dies all fit beautifully.
These custom-made cards are printed on 110-pound cardstock -- much thicker than most used by commercial greeting-card companies. The cards come with envelopes and seals. Check them out, here.
Then, scroll down for some lovely ideas using your dies on the Grid.
Many paper companies now make a sheet with illustrations you can cut out. These images and sayings generally fit the Grid with a bit of trimming and/or layering, like Paije Potter did in this card with the snowman from Doodlebug Design Inc.™
Adding the Scallop Dot Mat and Hearts from Mosaic Moments® makes for an adorable and easy card.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Repetition is a great way to communicate a theme. Here, Paije repeated the paper (from Pink Paislee™), frame and hearts all the way across the card. Since our eyes naturally find anything grouped in three appealing, this lovely card is sure to please.
The inside heart from the Heart Die Set was used alone on this card. Many of the dies work this way, giving you double duty for one price.
Make it Quickly
Your time is valuable so why spend more time than is required?
If you start with one die set to make cards on the Grid, get the Grid Cut Die and the Squares Layering Die. These dies cut six 2x2 squares in one pass through the machine!
So, a customized card like this one takes literally two passes through the die-cutting machine to complete. Add in some personal photos and beautiful paper, like this one from Pink Paislee™ and you have the perfect Valentine.
Share the Love
One cannot help but feel loved when they receive a card covered with hugs and kisses, or in this case, Xs and Os.
Using the One Inch Grid Die makes this card easy by cutting all of the squares of each paper at one time. If you have double-sided paper, you can save even more time by cutting once and then flipping half of the squares over to reveal the backside.
Use a Background Photo
Using macro photos, like the one of conversation hearts here, is a fun way to add a background to your photos.
If you don't have a photo, look online for copyright-free clip art. Lots of paper companies also make printed papers featuring sand, bricks, ornaments, grass, rocks, popcorn and other elements that would work well here.
Turning your photos into black and white makes them stand out against the busy backdrop.
Showcase your Loved Ones
Show you really care with a photo of your recipient on the card. This way, they know you were thinking of them when you took the photo and made this special gift.
Imagine how much fun it would be to receive a photo card like this after a family reunion, wedding or other place where photos were taken!
Surround the photo with beautiful papers, like these from My Mind's Eye for the perfect touch.
On this card, chalk ink was used around the edges of the Grid Card to add a bit of color. The high-quality cardstock accepts inks, stains and sprays beautifully.
Make it Adorable
Valentine's Day Cards provide us with the opportunity to embrace the cute factor. So, use those stickers and adorable papers to create something cute, like this one.
Imagine how exciting it would be to open this card and find a tea bag or gift card to a coffee shop inside!
Send your Love
A photo of you (or your kids or grandkids) is a great way to send love to parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles. If you didn't get Christmas cards out, Valentine's Day is a great way to make up for that.
Also, imagine how cute this one would be as a thank-you card following a wedding, shower or special birthday party!
Frames are perfect for showcasing a sticker, die cut or other element. Not only do they frame the item, but they also offer the opportunity for some patterned papers or color cardstock to really set off the pattern. It might be "just your type," as well.