Beautiful, elegant and surprisingly strong, Japanese-style washi tape is the perfect accent for a Valentine's Day card. With it's playful patterns and flexible nature, a few simple strips can transform some basic card stock into an unforgettably rich canvas of color. Best of all, it's so easy to handle even a child can create a vibrant card for a mom or grandma using some everyday household objects and a little tape.
To made your own washi tape Valentine's Day cards, you'll need 1 sheet 12" x 12" cardstock, 4 rolls washi tape, cardboard from a cereal box, a heart pattern, a glue stick, a pair of scissors and a pencil.
Trace the Heart
With your pencil, trace the outline of the paper heart onto the cardboard.
Cut Out the Heart
Cut the outline of the heart from the cardboard.
Rows of Washi
Cover the cardboard with horizontal rows of washi tape. Line up the bottom edge of the first row of tape with the top edge of the next row of tape and so on. Make sure to leave a little excess tape on each side of the heart.
Score the tape with your scissors then wrap it around the back of the heart.
Center and Cut
Cut the cardstock to the desired height to fit your heart. Since my heart was 3 inches tall, I made my card 5 1/2 inches to give the heart a little breathing room. Fold in half to make a card measuring 5 1/2 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
Cut Out the Arrow
Using a little more washi tape adhered to cardboard, cut out an arrow to pierce the heart.
Make a Nameplate
Cut another piece of cardboard to make a space where a little message or name can be added.
Glue the Parts Together
Using your glue stick, affix all your cardboard pieces to the front of your card.
Washi Tape Card
Write the name of the recipient on the front and a sweet message inside and you are all set!