Can you believe February is right around the corner?! Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day this year with my cactus cards!
If you follow Akula Kreative (my design studio) on Instagram, you might recognize the prickly plants from several posts back. “Draw cacti” had been on my Do-When-You-Have-Time List for months until I fiiinally had a chance over Christmas to make it happen. Originally, I wanted to use the cactus pattern to make custom fabric for our house—which I still might do—but for now, they work perfectly for printable cards.
These small cards are super easy to make: just print, cut, and fold! They fit inside a standard A2 envelope and measure about 4″ x 5.125″ when folded. The best part is, you have two versions of each design to choose from: one is fully designed and ready to go (top row in the photo below), and the other is plain and ready for stamping (bottom row in the photo below).
- Printable PDF | “Cactus Valentine’s Day Cards” (click to download)
- A printer
- Matte photo paper or card stock (8.5″ x 11″ sheets)
- A paper trimmer, scissors, or a cutting mat, X-acto knife, and metal ruler
- A2 envelopes (my favorites are from Paper Source)
- Limited Edition Cactus Stamp Set (you can also draw or paint your own cacti!)
- Ink pad (click here for my favorites)
As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post.
Assembly is pretty self-explanatory, but here are some notes:
1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. The PDF is composed of 3 pages: page 1 is “I love [cact]us,” page 2 is “chicks before pricks,” and page 3 is “let’s cuddle.”
2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards. If you plan on stamping, I recommend doing that before folding.
3. On the samples, I used Paper Source text weight paper in Luxe Blush and stamped with a Versafine ink pad. (Remember that the more textured your paper is, the harder it will be for detail to come through. Luxe blush paper has a textured, cotton-like finish, so if you use that you might notice some loss in detail with your stamps.)
I had SO much fun making these…from the hand-lettered cactus puns to the limited edition stamp set! Oh, and speaking of stamps, I only made a handful of these cactus cuties so you better grab ’em while you can. The set of 3 is $50 and comes with a BONUS stamp! Click here to shop the Etsy Pop-Up.
Have fun and hope you enjoy my cacti!
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