I’ve been making Valentine’s Day cards for decades.

I started in the 2nd grade when I fell deeply in love with a boy named Andy, who had more gold stars than anyone else in Mrs. Woolen’s math class. I wanted him to know that I loved him for his mind, so I made my very first homemade valentine. I wrote “Kate + Andy = Love” in my very best printing on a construction paper heart and thoughtfully embellished it with Lisa Frank stickers.

That was 20 years ago, and I’ve been hooked on DIY card-making ever since. My card construction has improved since my first crack at card-making (check out my hot tips below), but as my list of valentine’s grows each year — 58 this year — it gets more and more difficult to find fresh sentiments for every card. This year, I’m cutting a corner and leaving the loving sentiments to the pros.

I’ve collected all my favorite love songs into one playlist and am stealing (I mean borrowing!) their song lyrics for my cards.

Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and Barry White. These smooth soulful singers are the gold standard for sweet, romantic, and just plain sexy song lyrics, but that’s not to say you can’t pull heart-felt lyrics from any genre (Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” is a good place to start, and you can not go wrong with Journey!).

Break out your craft kits, turn up your headphones, and spread the love this Valentine’s Day with a little help from your favorite love songs. {Check out my Valentine’s Day soundtrack below, with some favorite love songs that have the perfect song lyrics to sooth the soul}.


valentine's day cards

Card-Marking Hot Tips

  • Imperfection adds charm. Don’t scrap your screw-ups. If you make a smudge, make a few more smudges to transform your mistake into an adorably imperfect pattern.
  • Texture and layering are your friends. The easiest way to add texture is stickers, but Foam Mounting Squares give every application more depth and extra color.
  • Embossing gives a simple, stamped card a professional look that rivals any store-bought card. This Marvy Uchida Embossing Heat Tool is affordable and easy to use. The embossing powder may seem messy, but put a piece of paper under your card and funnel the powder back into the jar when you’re done. A separate station for each color helps keep powders from mixing and hitting the floor.
  • When in doubt, use puffy paint. If your card has empty space, fill it with a little glitzy paint. I like an assortment of polka dots, but others prefer to get fancy. Just be sure to let the paint dry overnight – you don’t want smudged sparkles … or do you?!
  • All of these tools and more can be found at PaperSource