February has long been renowned as a month of romance, in which the love-struck among us exchange heartfelt cards and gifts in order to woo the objects of our affection. Of course, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day, and since it’s fast-approaching, what better way for a crafter to show that special someone how much they care than with a one-of-a-kind, handmade token of love? This Valentine’s Day card is something a little different; it's an envelope and a card - in one! The heart folds into the perfect envelope, then unfolds to reveal your own heartfelt message.
Place this on top of your plain piece of card and draw around it to produce a heart-shaped outline on the card.
Next, use a ruler to draw two parallel horizontal lines across the heart, and then two parallel vertical lines, as shown. These mark where you’ll fold the card.
Fold the two edges of the card inwards along the two vertical lines, as shown.
Next, fold the back edge of the card (with the double-curved edge representing the top of the heart) towards you along the furthest horizontal line. This will produce an envelope-shaped pocket, open only at one end.
To close this pocket, fold the pointed edge that’s closest to you into the centre of the envelope, along the closest horizontal line.
Once your heart is fully decorated and dry, place a note, a gift or something else inside. Use a decorative piece of ribbon, string or twine to keep the heart secure once folded shut, until it’s time for your loved one to open it on the big day!