Making photo Valentine’s Day cards

written by Beckie of


Valentine’s Day is coming soon! How fun would it be to make personalized cards for your child to give out? In this post, I’ll show you how you can make a simple wallet-sized card and have them printed out for your kids to take to school on Valentine’s Day! (my project looks a little different than my final product because I lost my original template in my Great Computer Crash of Fall 2012, so I had to remake it)

First, we’ll start by creating a new project in Photoshop (you can do this in PS Elements also). I have found that a 5×7 scales down to a 2×3 wallet size very nicely without cutting much of your image off in printing. (if you want to be extra cautious, leave some room around all of your edges when adding pictures, text, and clip arts) I made my new project 7 inches by 5 inches and set my resolution at 300.

Next, I found a digital paper that I liked (this particular one, I purchased, but there are so many free ones out there as well), and dropped it onto my background, and adjusted it to fit.

Next, I found the picture that I wanted to use, and played around with its placement and decided on having it in the center.

And finally, I added some text and clip art to finish it off.

I then sent the image to the print lab that I use (my lab of choice is White House Custom Colour, but you can choose a local lab as well. Costco is very competitive with their prices and their quality). I chose to have them die-cut to have the rounded edges, and also chose to have them printed on metallic paper. The reds and deep pinks really pop on that metallic paper!

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. jill DeRiso says:

    Silly question Becky, when you send it off to be printed do you just save as a jpg file? I’m used to just printing at home, but sometimes would like a more refined card.

  2. Good idea! Bet a scrapbooker’s corner rounder tool would work and possibly save a little money.

  3. pruttybird says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial … love how simple and easy this is 🙂

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! I am making mine right now. Did you use any type of ruler or grid when placing your photo or did you just eye ball it?

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