Paint Your Heart Out with This DIY Valentine Card


This Valentine's Day, give a piece (er, pieces?) of your heart with a cool mashup of collage and watercolor. Not a watercolor fan? No sweat — you can reinterpret this design using markers, colored pencils or even glitter. Whatever medium you choose, your boo will heart it.

DIY Geometric Valentine

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • The PDF card template
  • Printer
  • White card stock
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush (we used a #10 round watercolor brush)
  • Water spritzer bottle (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Embossing stylus or bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels

Let's Get Piecing

Print and Cut

Print the PDF pattern onto white card stock. Cut out everything — both the little heart facets, the big solid hearts and the "i like you" message — by hand.

2. Paint the Heart Pieces

Wet your paintbrush, load it with one of the watercolors, and paint the first piece. Repeat this step for each of the pieces, using different colors for each shape.

Pro Tip

As you work, keep the little pieces in approximately the same arrangement from the template. This helps you in two big ways — you'll be able to see how the colors will look when the card is finished, and you'll have a much easier time piecing together your heart at the end.

As you paint, you can keep the color on each piece pure OR you can add spritzes of water and drips of other colors to blend the heart together in interesting ways. The easiest way to find a design you totally love is to play around with your paint!

3. Let it Dry

Once each piece is painted, set 'em all aside until they're dry. You can add fresh water or even more color or both during the drying process to create more saturated areas of color and contrast.

4. Arrange the Pieces

When the facets are completely dry, glue 'em down to one of the solid heart pieces with your craft glue. This step can get a bit complicated, even for you puzzle-lovers out there. To make it easier, refer back to the template (either on your screen or print out a second copy) so you can reference where each piece is placed as you work.

5. Attach the Message

Once your pieces are glued into a heart, use a dimensional foam adhesive to attach the "i like you" message front and center.

6. Score the Fold

Now grab your second heart (betcha thought we forgot about it, huh?). Place a ruler across the heart horizontally, about a ¾-inch from the top. Use an embossing stylus or bone folder to score the card stock.

8. Finishing Touches

Add double-sided tape or glue above the score lines. Press the faceted heart piece and the scored heart piece against each other to bring the card together and finish it. The back heart piece will bend at the score lines when the card is opened.

Now all that's left to do is write a personal message (we'll leave that part to you!) and make your sweetie's day.

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