Paint Chip Valentines

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Since my first article on Punched Paint Chip Cards was so popular, I decided to apply the same technique to a Valentine—and here’s the result.

You’ll need the big paint sample cards from Behr for this one, available at Home Depot. Be nice, and buy something while you’re there stocking up on paint chips.

You’ll also need this heart pattern, sized for a standard card. Be sure to save it, and print it from graphics software rather than directly from your browser, to get an accurate size.

Print the heart pattern on heavy paper, and cut it out on the black line.

Place the pattern on the paint sample, arranging it as you wish. I lined mine up so the stripes on the hearts were diagonal, and only used up three of the four colors. Trace the heart on the paint chip with a pencil, and cut it out. Save the scraps!

Use a white plastic eraser to remove any printing on the heart. For more about erasing the printing, try this article. You can also erase the writing on the scraps—I punched around it, because I was in a hurry.

Punch flowers from the scraps of the paint chips. To dodge the white stripes, I flipped the punch over, so I could line the shape up on the colored strips.

I also punched a couple of flowers from the heart shape. Be sure to avoid the upper section that will stick up above the card later.

Cut a sheet of cardstock in half lengthwise, to make two strips 4-1/4 x 10 inches.

Fold the strip in half to create a blank card.

Apply the heart to the front of the card, so the two upper curves stick up above the fold. I used the center V as my guide, to keep the card from showing above the heart shape.

When the glue has dried, cut around the heart shape, removing the white cardstock from the card front, but leaving the lower fold of the card intact.

Trim off the lower section of the card to size it back down to 5-1/2 inches tall. That way, it will fit into a standard card envelope.

Arrange punched flowers on the heart. I also added a few to the lower card, which will put them in the interior of the card when it’s open. Glue the flowers in place.

Add a punched circle or a little rhinestone to the center of each flower.

Here’s another finished sample. I whipped both cards out in less than half an hour!

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