If there is any occasion that calls for a personal “art from the heart” card, it is Valentine’s Day. You can easily make a card that’s special and unusual — with stencils, paint, and glitter paper! Read on for some super fun techniques and DIY paint ideas that could be great showing some special LOVE as well as for all sorts of decorating projects.
Supplies for this stenciled Valentine’s Day cards project:
- Glitter paper found in the scrapbook/paper-crafting aisles at craft stores
- Colored scrapbook papers
- Lace Heart Wall
Stencilfrom Royal Design Studio
- Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Country Gray, Emperor’s Silk and Henrietta
- Stencil Cremes from Royal Design Studio in Antique Gold, Frosted Lilac and Smoked Oyster
- Stencil brushes
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Paper towel
- Rhinestone embellishments
First, we’ll make a simple card in traditional red and gold Valentine colors. Then I’ll show you a few variations so you can get different looks from the same stencil.
Cut the glitter paper so it will fit in your envelope. You can also add a color paper on the inside to write a personal Valentine note. Center the Lace Heart Wall Stencil on the glitter paper. Paint the heart stencil with Chalk Paint. I used Country Gray. The matte Chalk Paint will make a really cool texture contrast with the shiny glitter! As an optional step to dress up the design, swirl some touches of metallic Royal Stencil Cremes like Antique Gold and Smoked Oyster over the Chalk Paint.
You can also stencil parts of the heart on the inside paper and the envelope. I used Emperor’s Silk on the inside paper to tie it in with the red glitter, and I used Antique Gold Stencil Creme to paint a heart on the back of a gold metallic envelope. All together, it makes a special package.
You can do some creative variations on this idea to make unique cards. One way to get creative is with the choices of paper. Pinks and purples are a nice alternative choice to red for Valentine’s Day. For the inside pages, you can choose textured papers with embossed or debossed designs, or metallic papers. There are also many envelope colors available in the paper-crafting sections of craft stores.
For the next example, I used a purple glitter paper and for the inside of the card, a zigzag textured pink paper. I made a peek-a-boo effect with the design, by stenciling the heart on the pink “inside” paper, and cutting a heart shape out of the “outside” paper. To do this peek-a-boo design, be sure to center the heart stencil on both pieces of paper. On the “outside” glitter paper, trace an outline of the stencil shape on the back side of the paper, then cut out the heart shape. When you place the glitter paper over the “inside” paper, the stencil will show through.
For another variation, cut out the glitter paper a little smaller than your final card size, and center it over a contrast color paper. Glue the glitter paper on the contrast paper. Stencil with a Chalk Paint. Here I used Henrietta. See how the matte Chalk Paint looks like a different texture on the shiny glitter.
You can add rhinestone and glitter embellishments to dress up your cards even more. You can find these embellishments in the scrapbooking supplies area of craft stores. I put a rhinestone heart on the painted stencil. I love the look of layered hearts here!
Once you’ve painted hearts on the card and envelope, write a note on the inside. Making your own unique card is a personal touch for Valentine’s Day. This is such a fast and easy project, you can make a bunch of cards quickly, and it can be a fun project to do with kids too.
Also, the table that the cards are sitting on was another project I made for Paint + Pattern. It is glass, with a pattern stenciled underneath the glass. Another easy project!