Mixed Media Literary Valentine's Card

It may feel like Christmas is only just over but Valentine's Day will be with us before we know it! 

Mixed Media literary valentine card
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I've been trying something new, a little mixed media collage type craft, made using pages from an old book. I have a few old damaged books that I use for crafting. A good place to get books that are not worth saving to read are libraries. I don't know if they do this all over the world but here in the UK they sell off books once they have pages missing or too much damage - usually for about 20p - and they are perfect for crafts like this.

To make something similar you will need:

  • A couple of pages from an old book - mine was a copy of Pride and Prejudice

  • A 5" x 7" white card blank and envelope

  • Acrylic or watercolour paint in white, brown and red

  • Paint brushes

  • Glue - I used Pritt Stick and Anita's tacky PVA

  • Lace

  • Love stamp and ink

  • A tiny circle of red fabric

  • A button

  • A black fine liner pen

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First you want to rip the book page to size, just a bit smaller than your card blank. The easiest way to do this is to paint a line of water where you want to rip and then tear it quick before it dries. 

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Then glue the page to the front of the card blank.

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Now paint a little of the brown and white paint over the book page and over a little onto the card. You don't want it too even, just add a little at a time until you think it looks about right. 

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Cut a heart shape from the other book page and paint it red. 

Leave both elements to dry.

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Stick the red heart to the upper right side (I used Pritt stick for this) and attach the lace to the left side with blobs of PVA.

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Stamp with word LOVE (or any other message you fancy) underneath the heart.


The LOVE stamp I used wasn't as bold as I was hoping so I filled the letters in with pen.

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Give the heart a bit of an outline and a twirly border. 


Finish the card off by attaching the fabric circle and button, using pva glue for both. 

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You can add more stuff, more layers of book page, cut of phrases, more lace, buttons, sequins - what ever you like - or you could pare it right back and add less. There is no right or wrong here, just have fun! I enjoyed making this so much I made a few more. If you don't fancy making these yourself or if you don't have a suitable book then these are listed in my Etsy shop here.

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As I was making these I was thinking about Pride and Prejudice and wondering if everyone is on Team Darcy, or if anyone is Team Bingley. I do see the attraction with Mr Darcy - all conflicted, honourable, moody an' all but Mr Bingley is so nice. He's friendly and polite, and even Miss Austen says he has a pleasant countenance. Surely there are some people out there that appreciate a pleasant countenance! I asked on Instagram but it seems from that in depth research that Mr Darcy is a clear winner. 

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Available to buy in my Etsy shop here