We’ve added four free die cut Valentine card files to our Resource Library! For Valentine’s Day, I experimented with some new design techniques for cards that I could cut using my Cricket Maker. I like how they turned out so I want to share them with you.
I put the cut files for all of the cards in our Resource Library. If you want to learn more about how to make one of these yourself, you can access my article Create a Die Cut Valentine in Illustrator. It’s a great article for beginners.
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Our Free Valentines include SVG files for these four cards:
- Hearts Mandala valentine
- 12 Hearts valentine
- Sun Rays valentine
- Heart-in-Heart card with a lacy background and pen drawn design
The Hearts Mandala
I love the way this one turned out! The mandala itself creates an interesting shape on the square 5 x 5 inch white card. For the backing, I used watercolor paper with a hand-painted wash of reds transitioning to oranges. I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated watercolors because of their saturated, bright colors. I wanted intense color to make the lacy, white cut-out “pop.” If you download this card, be sure to experiment with different backing materials. This can be striking and bold or soft and sweet depending on the backing.
12 Hearts Valentine
12 hearts make a simple graphic statement on this 5 x 7 inch card. Like the Hearts Mandala card, the backing makes all the difference. I used metallic Origami paper and a watercolor backing to create two versions of this card.
Version 1: 12 Hearts Valentine backed with metallic foil Origami paper
Version 2: 12 Hearts Valentine backed with hand-painted watercolor paper
Sun Rays Valentine
For my Sun Rays Valentine, I used a simple technique in Illustrator to create the thick “rays” that attach the center cut-out heart to the rest of the card. I drew them with the pencil tool using a thick stroke weight (16 pt). Then, I converted the lines to shapes and merged them with the card and the central heart.
The success of this simple card really depends on the backing. I used the foil Origami paper in multiple colors between the rays.
Heart-in-Heart Card with a lacy background and pen drawn design
The Heart-in-Heart card has a patterned, cut-out background and a central heart. I had planned to do an illustration by hand on the central heart, but instead I created it in Illustrator and let Cricut draw it for me! I hadn’t used the Illustrator DRAW and CUT technique much in the past, and I wanted to see how it would work for this. I think it turned out great!
I experimented with just using one pen color for the drawing and using multiple colors. I think I like the simple black pen drawing the best.
Note: The Heart-In-Heart downloadable SVG file only works in Cricut Design Space. If you decide to download it, you’ll get a zip file that contains the SVG file as well as a pdf with instructions for how to work with the SVG file in Design Space. Save the files to your computer, unzip them, locate the SVG file and upload it to Cricut Design Space. Be sure to read the instructions!
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I hope you enjoyed viewing our cards as much as we enjoyed making them.
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