How to... Make a vin­tage Valen­tine

Cre­ate a pretty 3D card for a loved one with our guide…

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Cut a piece of vin­tage-style pat­terned pa­per mea­sur­ing 12x12cm and dis­tress the edges us­ing ei­ther the edge of your scis­sors or a dis­tress­ing tool.

Once you have dis­tressed the edges, it’s time to ink them with a lit­tle of the Me­mento Dew­drop Desert Sand ink, as shown. A dauber tool will be help­ful for this.

Cut a piece of the nat­u­ral lace and hes­sian rib­bon and wrap it care­fully around your pa­per as shown above, fix­ing it in place at the back with some tape.

Cut around the print­able blue pa­per, cut to the size you want and dis­tress the edges us­ing your scis­sors (or a dis­tress­ing tool). Fin­ish off by ink­ing the edges in Desert Sand.

Care­fully cut around one the larger bird­cages from the print­a­bles. Dis­tress and ink the edges and stick to the blue pa­per us­ing ei­ther PVA glue or sticky foam pads.

Tak­ing your time, neatly cut out a cou­ple of swirls, two flow­ers, two but­ter­flies, a ‘Happy Valen­tine’s Day’ sen­ti­ment and a bird of your choice, as shown above.

Add the cut-out el­e­ments to your card as shown, and then stick some pearls to the top left and bot­tom right cor­ners for a per­fect fin­ish­ing touch. Voilà! Your bird­house card is com­plete.

Top tip Add di­men­sion to the cut-out flow­ers by shap­ing them with a ball tool

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