• Stunning Valentine’s Day Twist-Out Heart Card Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day is almost here, and today I’ve got a card tutorial for you that’s almost too pretty to send. It’s such a simple concept that you could make several of these beauties! Ready to start twisting?

    Stunning Valentine's Day Twist-Out Heart Card Tutorial

    A couple of months ago, I created a twist-out card tutorial for Christmas (you can see it here). Recently, a TPK reader emailed with a great idea: make a similar tutorial, but for Valentine’s Day! Today, I ran with that, and I love the results. If you’ve got some free time before Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend creating a card like this one!

    1. Gather the Supplies for the Valentine’s Day Card

    You’ll need a few basic tools in order to create this tutorial. Feel free to swap out supplies if you don’t have the exact same ones at home!

    Supplies for Twist-Out Card Tutorial

    1. Red A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″, 108 mm x 140 mm) – I bought mine at Cards & Pockets, but you could DIY one.
    2. Ruler
    3. Arabic Gold watercolor
    4. Bleed Proof White ink
    5. Black eraser (You can use a white eraser, but black tends to leave less residue on dark papers.)
    6. X-Acto knife
    7. White mechanical pencil
    8. Your favorite pen + nib combination (for me, that’s a Brause EF66 nib with an oblique holder)

    2. Make a Pencil Draft

    Use your white mechanical pencil and your ruler to make a vertical guideline in the middle of the card. Then, draw two horizontal guidelines. One horizontal guideline should be 1/2″ (13 mm) below the top edge of the card, and the other should be 1/2″ (13 mm) above the bottom edge of the card.

    Making Guidelines

    Now, draw two more vertical guidelines. Each of these new vertical guidelines should be 3/8″ (10 mm) from the right and left edges of the card.

    Making Guidelines
    No need to extend these new guidelines all the way to the top and bottom of the card!

    Next, draw half of a heart on the left side of the card. This heart should start at the vertical guideline, touch the top horizontal guideline, and touch the left vertical guideline before swooping down. It’s very important that you leave about 3/16″ (5 mm) of space between the bottom of this side of the heart and the bottom horizontal guideline! 

    Drawing Half of a Heart
    Don’t forget to leave space between the bottom of the heart and the bottom horizontal guideline!

    At this point, it’s time to draw the right half of the heart. Your starting point will be about 3/16″ (5 mm) underneath where you started for the left half of the card. This half of the heart should not touch the top horizontal guideline, but it should touch the bottom horizontal guideline. 

    Drawing Half of a Heart
    Note that the two halves of this card are not perfectly aligned! We’re making the draft this way so the heart can twist.

    3. Add White Flourishes to the Heart

    Now, use your preferred pen and nib combination and white ink to add flourishes to your Valentine’s Day card. If you aren’t sure what types of flourishes to draw (or if flourishes kind of terrify you), see this tutorial.

    Adding Flourishes to the Valentine's Day Card
    I like to make flourishes with a Brause EF66 nib in an oblique pen. The oblique pen keeps my hand out of the way!

    If you want to, you can slip a word or two in the heart. Can you spot the “love”?

    Adding Flourishes to the Valentine's Day Card
    You might not see it at first, but I tucked “love” on the left side, near the bottom of the flourishes in this photo.

    Continue to draw flourishes — and maybe a couple of words — until your heart is full (both literally and figuratively)!

    Adding Flourishes to the Valentine's Day Card
    I hid two words in this card: “love” and “amor”.

    4. Draw Gold Hearts on the Valentine’s Day Card

    Once the white ink has mostly dried, grab your eraser and use it to get rid of the vertical and horizontal guidelines that you made. (Leave the vertical guideline that runs through the middle of the heart. The white ink probably isn’t dry enough to handle an eraser yet!) Moisten your gold watercolor with a bit of water. Once the water has had a chance to sit a bit, mix the gold up and load it onto your nib (like in this tutorial).

    Drawing Gold Hearts

    You can randomly place your hearts, or you can connect some of them in a line like I did below. Notice that I made both solid hearts and empty heart outlines, but you can choose one or the other if you’d prefer!

    Drawing Gold Hearts
    Feel free to experiment with the placement of your little hearts! Your card doesn’t have to look exactly like this one.

    5. Cut

    At this point, grab your X-Acto knife and a self-healing cutting mat, if you have one. Use your X-Acto knife to cut along the heart outline.

    Cutting Out the Twist-Out Heart
    You don’t have to have a self-healing cutting mat to complete this step. It comes in handy, but it’s not a must!

    It is very important that you do not cut the the lines highlighted in dark blue below. Otherwise, your heart will fall out of the card!

    Cutting Out the Twist-Out Heart
    Don’t cut along these lines! They are the flaps that ensure the heart stays inside the card.

    6. Erase + Twist

    Grab your eraser, and use a light touch to get rid of the white pencil guidelines along the outside of the heart. Then, carefully twist the right side of the heart behind the card and the left side of the heart toward you (or vice versa). Your twist-out Valentine’s Day card is now finished!

    Twist-Out Heart

    I do intend to send this card off, but I’m definitely going to let it sit on the shelf for a week or so. I love the way the light bounces off of that Arabic gold in the evenings, especially when we’ve got the fireplace going. It’s so pretty!

    If you have any questions about this tutorial, please feel free to ask! I’m more than happy to help you. If you decide to make it, please post your results! I love seeing reader creations on Instagram (@thepostmansknock, #thepostmansknock). Happy Valentine’s Day, and thanks so much for reading!


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