Paint Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards DIY

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Today I am going to teach a very fun DIY to paint your own Valentine’s Day Card. These hand-painted cards look amazing and are very easy to make!

You do not need to be an artist or have exceptional artistic talent to make these. I promise! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to show your friends and family that you care than with a heartfelt, hand-painted card?

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Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Paint Your Own Valentine's Day Cards DIY

For Valentine’s Day this year, I decided that I would send my girlfriends a handmade Valentine’s card. I love to paint, so I made handmade watercolor pen and ink cards.

I am excited to teach you how to make these Valentine’s Day DIY cards. Once you see how I made these, you will see that you can do it too!

Let’s Send Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards This Year!

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to reach out to let your friends know that you care about them and are thinking of them.

Do you remember, when we were in elementary school, we would spend hours pouring through the valentines we received?

Valentine’s warm your heart and make you feel good. Why? It’s always nice to know that someone is thinking about you.

Designing a unique card for each of my girlfriends is part of my gift to them. I used watercolor paper to paint the card and attached a seed packet with an organza ribbon to the back of the card. How much fun is it that they can propagate the seeds into a small flower garden?

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If you have seen any of the free-motion embroidery pillow projects that I have made, this project is similar. With free-motion embroidery, I loosely paint a design onto fabric and then highlight the shape with embroidery stitching.

My Valentine’s Day Card DIY is even easier. I painted watercolor paper with watercolor paint and outlined the details with an ink pen. That was it.

How simple is that?

Paint Your Own Valentine's Day Cards
I shared the DIY for this pillow yesterday.

Can you guess what inspired me to make the cards? This photo gives you a clue. Doesn’t everyone make sure that their Valentine’s cards match their decor?

Just kidding.

If you want to make the heart pillow that matches my heart cards, click the link to my blog post here that gives you all of the how-to details.

Paint Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

Paint Valentine's Day Cards

I designed three different types of Valentine’s Day cards and put together a video showing how to make the cards with roses and hearts.

Paint Valentine's Day Cards DIY

These cards are easy and I loved making them.

Here is a close-up view of the finished cards. (Except I will sign them. I forgot to do that!)

Paint Your Own Valentine's Day Cards
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Here is a close-up view of the three cards I designed.

Please do not be intimidated by this project, at all. All levels beginner through advanced can successfully make this project.

Valentine's Day Cards DIY

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What You Need to Make This Craft

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The DIY Video

Steps to Make the Painted Cards

Be sure to watch the video as it shows every step you will need to follow to make these cards.

I have said it before and I am going to say it again, do not try to make crafts that look perfect. I believe that crafts look better when they aren’t perfectly, perfect. It’s true!

I outlined the size of my card with a pencil on the watercolor paper. I used a standard card size as my template.

Next, I filled the water brushes with water and used them to apply the watercolor paint. One of my favorite color combinations is pink and orange. When it came time to choose colors for the flowers and hearts on the cards, I knew exactly what colors I wanted to use. You can choose any colors that you like.

Here are the three steps I followed to paint the hearts. After the paint is dry, use a fine-point black pen to loosely draw in the detail lines.

Cut the cards and erase the pencil lines. Attach the seed packets with a ribbon and place them in the envelope.

That’s it!

Valentine’s Day Cards, and More

Here are some other Valentine’s Day ideas for you to make!

All your Valentine’s Day craft needs!


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use a waterbrush pen?

To use, simply unscrew the top and fill it with water. Watercolor brush pens have moist tips that resemble a paintbrush. They offer you the effect of watercolor painting with the ease and control that you’d typically find in a marker or pen.

What is the best watercolor paper?

If you are looking for the best watercolor paper, you should probably get one that is pure cotton. Cotton paper is easy to paint on, and its absorption is high.

How long do flower seeds last in packets?

Most flower and vegetable seeds will last for at least a few years if they’re stored at a low enough humidity and temperature. The ideal room is where the temperature and relative humidity add up to less than 100.

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Handpainted Valentine's Day cards with flowers using watercolor paper, watercolor paint and a fine black pen.

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  1. Leslie they are lovely. There is no link for the DIY video for the Valentine cards.
    Warmest regards………..Kay

    1. Hi Kay, thank you for reaching out. On your computer/laptop, the video should appear as a pop up. Your setting may have pop ups blocked. If you look at it on your mobile device, the video is in the body of the post. Give it a try on your phone and let me know if that works for you!

    2. Enjoyed experimenting with this project. I used brushes. LOVED the final result. Framed it and gave it with a pack of seeds as a Valentine gift.

      Note: The video never worked for me. The commercial did but not your tutorial on how to create the card.

  2. Such a thoughtful gift looks easy too. I’ll have to try it although I don’t have water color pens so I’ll just have to use my water color brushes. Thank you Leslie!

  3. These cards are wonderful! You should think about selling them, they’re that nice. I’ve tried watching your videos you have embedded and for some reason won’t play. Just wanted you to know. I’m watching on my cell phone so maybe it plays on computer (?)

    1. Oh my gosh Beth, you are so kind! I’m glad that you are able to access the videos on your phone. This one looks incredible but is soooo easy! Have fun making yours!

  4. I absolutely am obsessed with your ideas! With all the social distancing and lack of being able to take classes you have helped to fill the void! If I can get the supplies you have encouraged me to try something new. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Pam! I am so happy that you are going to try something new and that you enjoy the craft ideas that I share!

  5. My father is going through some serious health issues and our family has been very worried and feeling very down lately. I needed a little something to cheer up my day a bit and decided to come here on your blog. Just looking at these lovely cards and your Valentine cookies just lifted my spirits so much. Leslie you have no idea how your beautiful stories and pages on here mean so much to so many of us. They’re a little respite from some difficult times. Thank you so much, you are so appreciated.

    1. Oh Mary, I cannot begin to tell you how much your sweet comment means to me. I am so sorry that you are going through such a difficult time. It makes my heart so happy to know that what I share brought you happiness and lifted your spirits. I so very much appreciate that you reached out to me. I will be thinking about you and your family. 💗

  6. I would love to see the video for your watercolor cards, but don’t see a link for it. I’m not familiar with watercolor pens and am looking forward to seeing you use them! Thx

    1. Kris, it displays as a pop up on desktop/laptop. If you have those blocked, you can access it on your mobile phone!

  7. I was finally able to pull it up from a comment of someone else. I did notice that several were having the same issue. Thanks Leslie

  8. Thank you.
    I love your designs.
    I will try the card and perhaps the pillow. (my sewing skills are non existant)

    1. Sheryl, the link displays as a pop up so if you have those blocked on your desktop/laptop you may not see it. Give it a try on a mobile device! Happy Friday to you!

  9. I loved all fifteen of them! I did, however, absolutely love the pillows and cards. Just my style. Thank you for sharing ❤️

    1. Dahlia, thank you so much! I hope you give the pillows and cards a try! Let me know how yours turn out! ❤️💗❤️💗

  10. Hello,
    Just wanted to say thank you for the Valentine Cards. My 14 year old granddaughter and myself made them the other day. We had the best time. LOVED doing them!!!!
    Teresa and Alexa

    1. Oh Teresa, that makes me so happy! I love that you made the cards with your granddaughter! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Trying to see if this was already asked. What I “standard” size and source of envelopes. I am doing this! So excited

  12. Oh! Leslie,
    You gave me the Valentine Card directions. Thanks so much! They are beautiful and I have ordered everything to get started right away. The directions are so clear!

  13. Leslie – These are so lovely. Who wouldn’t love to find one of these beauties in your mailbox?!?. So many thanks for your never ending inspiration. Pamela/PA

  14. Hi Leslie,
    I am a 77 year old Senior follower of yours, LOVE your blog, and have recommended it to many friends. However trying to find the video for the painted Valentine cards today has been sooo frustrating, and I don’t know why this problem is necessary in the first place. All your other videos, even the ones on Amazon, are easily accessible. Why all of sudden are you using a “pop up” format that someone cannot see unless things are not blocked for same, or having to use a phone that believe it or not, not everyone has access to?
    I am obviously not the only one having issues with the video today, so please listen to your viewers and present this, and all future videos, in a more friendly way for your followers.
    Thank you,

  15. Hi Leslie,
    Because I am a devoted follower and fan of yours…STILL!!!…after watching your beach house appliance issues today and crying with you, I went back to this gorgeous Valentine Card tutorial again and low and behold there now is a perfectly clear push- a-white-arrow-button link to a delightful tutorial, in addition to just the still photo and blog write up, that has wonderful you, in your calm look- how -easy- voice, taking us step by step through the Valentine Card painting. YES!!!
    For all of us that had issues finding the video, I thank you so much for the update!!!
    I realize that the reinforcement of the video is so important for some of us in the learning process, and we are so fortunate to have you share your skills and ideas with us in this forum.
    Still a big fan,

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