A step-by-step guide for creating a one-of-a-kind card for your love:

Step 1: First collect your favorite bits and pieces of paper and ribbon. I love working with various textures and colors for collage pieces. You will want to choose a good structural backbone for the piece, something you can use to build the collage on. I suggest using a postcard, as they tend to be sturdier than magazine or ribbon elements and are pre-cut to a card size.

Step 2: Next select various pieces of imagery and paper to apply to the front and back of your postcard. Glue and paste those elements to the postcard until you build up a strong, glamorous image.

Step 3: Next, add glitter and other non-paper items to the card to add personal touches your loved one will adore.

Step 4: After I have added all the non-paper elements, I do the ink work. Its important when scripting your message, if you use ink, to leave it for the end since its easy to accidentally smudge. You can make the message to your valentine out of collage elements or other mediums. The more the card reflects your aesthetic the better!

Step 5: While the card is drying from the glue and ink, you can decide how you want it to be opened. I love using the qualities of paper to create a ceremony of romance by layering, concealing and relieving pieces of the card! I chose a semi-transparent gold and blue paper as the cover, and allowed some of the writing to be read while other words where partially hidden until you open it.

Step 6: After you decide how you want the card opened, pick a binding technique that works for your card. There are many different binding techniques; I used a modified Japanese bind tied with a half bow. Wrapping the card with a ribbon, making a cut closure, or using wax are a few other binding examples that add to the ceremony of opening.

Step 7: For a sweet touch on the outside of your card, you can add some collage elements to the envelope. I added a red glittery heart.

Have fun, and I would love to see what you have created for your loved one!

xo,
Ruth
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