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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Time to sit down and knock out some cards for those I love. I wanted them to be quick and easy, incorporating things I love. 

In one of my last posts I admitted my love (obsession!) for graphic designs such as chevrons, arrows, polka dots, and ampersands. My love continues. Have you noticed that there is a chevron in an arrow? And then there are label makers (nothing to do with chevrons or arrows). Have you ever wanted to type words into that fun little machine with that cute typewriter font and go around labeling your whole house? That can’t just be me! 

This card requires minimal supplies—stamps, ink, paper, and scissors. Let’s get snipping.

To practice, I started with a 3" x 1/2" piece of cardstock. 

1) At one end, cut your cardstock into an arrowhead shape.
2) A little over halfway down the strip, start cutting your airfoils (that sounds so formal—I prefer to call them “chevron wings”), leaving about 1/8" in the middle. (Be sure your cuts don’t meet or you’ll be starting over!) Cut a line from the wings to the arrowhead.
3) Continue cutting the wings until you have as many as you desire.
4) Admire the cute arrow you just made!

The beauty of hand-cut arrows is that you can make them the length and width you need for your project. Don’t take the time to draw or trace; your imperfect arrow is just right!

To achieve the label maker look, I used a cute little word image from page 52 of our 2012–2013 annual catalog called “Little Friends.” That stamp set has very fun typewriter font sayings in it! Stamp the “love you” in Whisper White Craft ink on Basic Black Cardstock. Cut to the desired size. One “love you” wasn’t enough, so I grabbed a few more ink pads to brighten up the card: Pool Party, Gumball Green, and More Mustard surrounded by a Primrose Petals arrow.

Angie B.
Sr. Concept Artist


  • Jonna

    May 24

    You always have the neatest ideas. Thanks for showing us how to make these.