A slight variation from stencil cards is window cards. Instead of cutting a shape in a stencil, you can cut the shapes or text directly on the front cover of the Valentine’s Day cards. You can decorate your card behind the mirror in a number of ways, such as putting sentimental photos, some patterned paper, or even some meaningful words. We made a variety of window cards with different shapes and patterns. Here’s a look at the cards we made:
The cards in the top row have heart windows that we filled with pictures of our baby daughter. The bottom row has simple elegant rose cut out windows.
These are the 3 simple instructions on how to make window Valentine’s Day cards.
Draw the heart shapes on the front of the card using a pencil (draw lightly as you will need to erase any pencil marks that remains after cutting). You can also use stencils to draw your heart.
Follow the first step of the instructions in the Stencil Card section above to make your own stencil. You can also draw other shapes such as flowers, balloons or square windows. If you do not want to draw directly on your card, draw your pattern on a sheet of paper, and use this as a template to cut through your card.
Tape or use repositionable glue to attach the template to your card.
If your pattern is large enough, you can use scissors to cut the window out. If your pattern is small or complex, then you will want to use an X-Acto knife to cut the shapes out. I’d recommend cutting your card on a self-healing mat or something you don’t mind cutting up (old magazine, stack of paper, phone book), so you do not damage your table top.
Finish the card by decorating the card behind the window. Here are some creative ideas of things to put behind the window: a photo; patterned paper, text, stenciled shapes, chocolate hearts or kisses.