Affordable Ways To Say I Love You This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can quickly become an expensive and over commercialised event, but there are more affordable ways to show someone you love them this February.

Instead of splashing the cash, tighten up your purse strings and try these inexpensive ways to say ‘I love you’.

 

Send a Heartfelt Message

Most people buy a Valentine’s Day card for their loved one; make yours extra special by writing a message or love letter inside. Not only is this an affordable way to show that certain person how much you care, it’s also a thoughtful memento that doubles up as a keepsake.

Print a free card and list the things you love most about that person, write about the day you met, or share a funny story that makes you think of your Valentine.

 

Cook A Valentine’s Day Dinner

Why share your Valentine’s Day with other people when you can stay home and enjoy some quality time together. Cook up a Bolognese or make your own pizzas, pop open a bottle of wine and relax without the noise of a restaurant or bar.

If you want keep the theme romantic, have a go at baking your own heart shaped macarons by printing a template, whipping up a recipe and enjoying this sweet treat with your loved one.

 

Get Creative

Why not have a go at something new together? A couples craft night is a great option for those who are creative at heart. Search Pinterest for ideas like making your own bath bombs, or if you love reading you could print and make your own origami bookmarks.

Papercrafts are an affordable and easy option as you can find designs online and print them at home, giving you freedom to try various creative ideas.

For couples who are less creative, use your home printer to gather together your favourite images and start creating a photo album filled with your favourite memories. This is a great way to reminisce and can also be shared with your family and friends whenever they come to visit.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Have a go at these ideas and save a penny or two in the process.

Don't forget to download and print your free Valentine's Day card and give these ideas a go, all of which are great options if you have access to a home printer. 

Make sure that you have enough printer ink and paper before you get started.

In need of printing supplies? Head to the INKredible website.

 

 

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Love Is In The Air... FREE Valentine's Day Cards

Free Printables

Love is in the air... FREE Valentine's printables to print at home.

It's that time of year and once again we've got some fantastic FREE Valentine's card designs for you to print off at home for that special someone in your life!

All cards come in a handy Pdf ready to print onto A4 paper / card of your choice and fold neatly into an A5 card.
To make it even easier why not pair them with one of our Greeting Card Kits and get that 'professional' look at home.

Looking for more?

grab one of our free valentines printables from last year.

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Valentine's Day: Free Printable Cards

Valentine's Day is upon us once again. Why not take advantage of our great, free printables and grab yourself a card to print at home.

All cards come in a handy Pdf, ready to print onto A4 paper / card of your choice and fold neatly into an A5 card.

To make it even easier why not pair them with one of our Greeting Card Kits and get that 'professional' look at home.




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DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer


Did you know, you can make your own expensive looking foil coated cards and invitations at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive transfer foil?

Neither did we until recently, so we tasked our resident 'craft expert' Tom to give it a go and let us know how it's done. If you're more of a 'visual learner' you can skip below to see the video of the process in action. If not, here's how it's done:

 

You Will Need:

  • Reactive Foil Transfer – We got ours from Amazon here - http://amzn.to/2nLM52w
  • Laser Printer - A black only one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, even one of our Greetings Card Kits.
  • Scissors – To cut the foil.
  • 2 sheets of plain paper – To protect the foil from direct contact with the laminator.
  • Standard office or craft laminator – The heating process is what transfers the foil to the toner and keeps it there.

 

How it’s Done:

1. Print your image in black onto your desired stock (card, paper etc.) using a Laser Printer.

For this process to work you must use a laser printer, images printed using an inkjet printer will not work.
As a work around you could print your image with an inkjet printer and then take this to be photocopied onto your preferred stock.

2. Measure the amount of foil you need to cover the area you want to coat and lay it over with the ‘mirrored’ side up.

The foil will stick to any toner but not to any of the unprinted surface.
Any unused foil that goes through the laminator cannot be re-used so make sure to only cut enough to cover what you need.

3. Sandwich the Card / Foil between two sheets of standard copy paper.

This protects the foil as it goes through the laminator.

4. Send the layered assembly through the laminator.

The heat setting will depend on your laminator but we found a medium high heat worked best for us.
Too cold and the foil will not adhere properly to the toner.
To hot and the foil will ripple, and un-foiled toner areas will be damaged.
It is best to experiment with your laminator / card / foil combination before going for your final product.

5. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! Now you need to resist the urge to foil everything that comes out of the printer!

Here’s The Video:


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