Handmade Valentine Cards with Pop Open Cards

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This post is sponsored by Compendium, all opinions are my own.

Today we’re going to talk about (some of) this year’s Valentine’s Day cards. It always amazes me that I find the energy to do this right after the Christmas rush, but Valentine’s Day is one of those days that I really enjoying telling some of the ladies in my life how much they mean to me.

We’re going to take a look at the real process of making these cards today. Guess what? You can’t make 30 cards all during daylight hours on really pretty tables, it’s just impossible. Sometimes you need to do it while watching Girl Meets World in front of your computer on your far-too-tiny desk. So we’re taking a look at all of that today.

Also, I’ve been giving myself a hard time recently for making such repetitive cards. It’s so easy to make a rectangular card that has a piece of construction paper on the front with a smaller rectangle popping out from it stating the message (for example, this year’s Christmas cards). So this time I told myself I had to be more creative.

First, I chose the colors. I stuck to muted colors. Partially because they remind me more of Valentine’s Day and partially because I think Sarah needs all of my bright-colored card stock for The Blog Connect.

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Then I started folding. You might not be able to tell from the photo below, but those cards are actually folded in thirds, not halves.

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And then came the fun part. The cuts. Two diagonal cuts in the middle of my rectangle. That ought to spice it up.

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I tried making a few of them and then chose one as a template and repeated making it two dozen times.

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Sooner than later, I had finished all of the card bases.

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Then I decided I wanted to use my scrap paper form the original cuts to add alternate colors to the cards. It looked a lot like this:

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Step one:

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Step two:

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Then the sun went down. Girl Meets World went on. And then my life started to look like this. (Yes, those tissues were absolutely necessary. Did you people even watch the last two episodes of Girl Meets World.?)

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Once I finished the adding pops of color to the fronts of all the cards I had to figure out where to write Happy Valentine’s Day. Which was SO much harder than I thought it was going to be. First I thought it would be good to write it on a rectangle at the top of the card, but with so many diagonal lines my rectangle looked super awkward. (I probably should have tested this out before cutting thirty purple rectangles.)

Then I tried writing Tory’s name at the top on a sheet of white paper to hold it over the top of the card to see if I liked something like that any better.

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Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards - Workshop via Chrystina Noel

It looked better, but the shape was still wrong. Then I finally succumbed to the fact that I was going to need to cut a weird shape for the top piece as well. Just to you know, keep it asymmetrical. (I think I knew the answer the whole time, but I was trying to avoid it because I knew how much work it was going to be. Note to self: Don’t waste time, just do it in the first place.)

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Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards - Workshop via Chrystina Noel

Then I added a Chrystina-usual: dotted dashes. I wrote everyone’s name on the top of the card, signed my name on the back, addressed all of the envelopes, and stamped all of the envelopes so that the next time I jumped into this project all I would have to do was write in the cards.

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Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards - Workshop via Chrystina Noel

Also. Sometimes you send cards overseas and get to use a whole bunch of the stamps you have laying around. Which is always really fun.

Here’s a look at what the final product looked like (I waited for sunshine to take these photos.)

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Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards via Chrystina Noel

Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards via Chrystina Noel

So. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for being here. If you’ve read my Valentine’s Day posts before you know that I love to try to come up with other things besides cards to send to people. For example, two years ago I put teabags all of my cards. (Last year I sent socks, which was slightly more expensive than I had anticipated. Oops.)

Also around a year-and-a-half ago I received a card from a friend that had this little bite-sized pop-open card in it. And I loved it. I loved it so much that I added it to my display/work shelves so I could look at it all the time.

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What, you can’t find it in that hot mess? (Ha.) Let me help you out:

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There it is, right there! The rainbow-polka dot colored thing. It’s an adorable little card that you pop open (get it?) and there’s a happy little message. For example:

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They’re sold by Compendium, a company whose motto is “live inspired,” and they sell so many adorable paper goods: notebooks, greeting cards, stationery, and more. (My kind of place, huh?) And the boxes that they’re sold in are also adorable.

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Handmade Valentines with Pop Up Cards via Chrystina Noel

So I’m going to be putting pop open cards in each person’s Valentine so they get a tiny little package that looks like this:

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I’m super excited about it and I hope my friends enjoy the little moments of inspirations as much as I did. So excited about this year’s cards, now I just need to finish writing in them.

Do you send Valentine’s Day cards? What was your process like? Also, no shame in buying boxed Valentines (especially Disney ones) or Fun Dip Valentines (because Fun Dip). I’m also really excited to give out the rest of my Minted Classroom Valentines day cards from last year at the office this year. There is construction equipment on it. Can you say networking at it’s best? So good. So excited. Remember to have fun with it!

(Also. Shhhhhh. No, Ben’s card definitely is no where near done yet. I’ve got 5 whole days left… plenty of time to think of something.)

A Greeting Card Story: Thank You, Birthday, and Congrats

Today I’m sharing the story of three more greeting cards with you. I’ve really been enjoying capturing these, so I’m hoping that you’ve been enjoying reading them. I think that watching three greeting cards get made at once is much more exciting than just one (or at least I hope it is). Today I’m sharing the story of a thank you card, a birthday card, and a congratulations card!

So clearly the answer was: wine for a birthday, a squishy airline for someone who let us stay with them while we were vacationing, and a mini bottle of champagne for the congratulations. My friend Courtney made that little bottle of champagne out of construction paper and a piece of ribbon. She made two and only needed one so I kept it for the perfect occasion. I decided this was it.

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After I found the featured item I paired them with background papers. I’ve really been feeling the neutrals lately. (I probably should have bought more kraft paper at Michaels on black Friday this year because I’ve pretty much run out. Oops.)

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Then I cut down the paper and folded everything to approximately the correct size.

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And added the embellishments. The three pens below are my go-to pens when it comes to card making.

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Then I glued everything together. I don’t know if I’ve told you all this before, but I’ve been loving the large Scotch tape roller that I bought last Black Friday. It makes making multiple cards so much easier.

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And then I put on the final touches.

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I was pretty happy about how these turned out. And how the background of the champagne bottle looks like bubbles!

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A Greeting Card Story - Thank You, Birthday, and Congrats via Chrystina Noel

A Greeting Card Story - Thank You, Birthday, and Congrats via Chrystina Noel

I hope you enjoyed the adventures of these three cards. No big mistakes this time, which was super exciting. Looking forward to share even more card designs with you in the future!

Greeting Card Stories: Engagement, Thinking of You, and Baby Boy Congrats

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Today we continue the story of the final three of six greeting cards. (Click here for the first three if you missed them.) This time instead of two thank yous and a you go girl card, I made an engagement party card for a friend from high school, a thinking of you card for a friend from Baton Rouge, and a congratulations on your baby boy card for one of my co-workers.

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As per usual, I started by choosing three embellishments that I was excited to work with. A moon and stars for the new baby card, a cupcake for the engagement party, and three-dimensional floral design stickers for the thinking of you card.

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Then I found paper to compliment the embellishments to be the base of the card. I apologize for the horrible-ness of this photograph. That paper in the bottom left is actually reflective silver, which made things complicated. Once I cut it down the photos got much better. I went with neutrals for the very bright cupcake to keep it classy; a fun, bold pattern for the thinking of you card; and my favorite yellow patterned paper for the baby boy card. You’ll notice that I thought it was a good idea to cut the paper by-hand and then ended up with a moderately awful shape. Don’t worry, that gets fixed later.

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After choosing the paper I made the base of each card. It always makes it a little bit easier to see what it’s actually going to turn out like.

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Then I took out the white gel pen (one of my top 3 pens) to add some embellishments to the engagement card. I decided I really liked the floral card the way it was. And I finally fixed up the edges of the moon card. Once I did that, it required making the whole card a little bit less wide, which is totally fine. The actual width and height of my cards always change multiple times during the process. The only thing to make sure of is that it’s going to fit in the envelope.

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I learned my lesson from the first “thank you card” in the last set. Don’t write directly on the paper. (Either that or I’m going to just add it to my “things to learn how to do” list, kind of like make flower arrangements, but that’s the story of another post.) So I got out a white sheet of paper to write on for both the engagement card and the baby boy card.

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Much better, right? Also. You’ll totally notice that I originally wrote congratulations on the engagement card and then realized that because it was for the bride I was supposed to write best wishes, so the final version actually has “best wishes” written on it instead.

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The Story of 3 Greeting Cards - Engagement, Thinking of You, and Baby Girl Congrats via Chrystina Noel

The Story of 3 Greeting Cards - Engagement, Thinking of You, and Baby Girl Congrats via Chrystina Noel

The Story of 3 Greeting Cards - Engagement, Thinking of You, and Baby Girl Congrats via Chrystina Noel

And those are the last three greeting cards of this series. I really liked doing these two posts, let me know how you feel about them in the comments below. Or if you want a card, let me know. But you should come up with a cool theme or made-up holiday. You know, just to keep it interesting.

Greeting Card Stories: Thank You, Thanks So Much, and You Go Girl

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After my post about my greeting card plan for 2016 and 2017 I realized I should really start making more personalized greeting cards in my life. It’s been a long time since I’ve made handmade cards for anybody. Lucky for me, as per usual, I had a list of greeting cards ready to be made. This week I will be sharing with you the story of those six greeting cards, three at a time. Firsts comes the story of the thank you card, the thanks so much card, and the you go girl card.

The thank you card was for a friend who bought me tea. The thanks so much card was for a friend that let me stay at her house a few weekends ago. And the you go girl card was for a friend who moved to Chicago to try her hand at a new city.

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The first thing I do is always find a stamp, sticker, or piece of paper to base the card on. For the tea card I chose the gray, white, and coral wall paper sample that I’ve been holding onto for just the right person. For the staying at a friend’s house card I chose the mustard colored tree and birds patterned wall paper. And for the you go girl card I chose a You Go Girl sticker made by the lovely Sarah Moore (which clearly had to be put to super good use).

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Next I chose some additional sheets of paper and colors to be used for each card.

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Then I cut them down to size.

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And aligned everything to see how it looked. This was approximately when I realized that the green polka dots on the You Go Girl card were not nearly as cute as I had hoped they were going to be. So I decided to add some small rectangular strips to the card instead that were the same color as the dots on the back of the paper.

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I started to piece them together and add some white dotted line embellishments. This was also approximately the time that the mustard yellow card needed to be trimmed down because it was no where near even.

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The hardest part is always adding words to the cards. You can see on the first card I tried writing what I wanted to say directly on the front of the call, but I decided that it looked silly being so tiny so I wrote it on a bigger sheet of paper and decided to cover it.

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Then I glued everything together and added the final touches.

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The Story of 3 Greeting Cards: Thank You, Thanks So Much, and You Go Girl via Chrystina Noel

The Story of 3 Greeting Cards: Thank You, Thanks So Much, and You Go Girl via Chrystina Noel

The Story of 3 Greeting Cards: Thank You, Thanks So Much, and You Go Girl via Chrystina Noel

It felt really good to get the creative juices flowing again. It’s so interesting to be able to start with a completely blank slate. The sky is the limit. I can’t wait to keep creating and pushing the limits. Which one is your favorite?