How to Make an Altered Masculine Valentine Card

by Rhea Freitag

A deeply distressed and altered masculine card just in time for Valentine's Day!


  • Black Cardstock
  • Graphic 45 Washi Tape
  • Chosen Paper, Typography & Halloween in Wonderland
  • Tiny Attacher
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Distress Ink and Stain
  • Dremel or distress tool
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Adhesive
  • gilders paste
  • Perfect Pearls Mist
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Start with a 6x12 piece of black cardstock scored in the middle. Begin to make hearts by folding and cutting one side of the heart. The largest is from a 6x6 square of paper.

    Step 2

    Use the scrap from the previous heart to guestimate where to cut, about a half a centimeter smaller. Repeat four times to make fiv hearts.

    Step 3

    Using Graphic 45 washi taple cover the outside of the card. This makes the base very sturdy and able to support heavy embellishment.

    Step 4

    I made the edges on the front nice and tidy, but left the tape jagged in the back for interest.

    Step 5

    Next I altered my hearts with Distress Stain in Black Soot as well as Copper gilders paste.

    Step 6

    Use a tiny attacher to staple the hearts together. I made five total, as odd numbers are often more pleasing.

    Step 7

    I made an "x" pattern with my staples and continued it on one of the corners of the heart.

    Step 8

    Distress the edges. I chose to use my dremel tool. There are many other ways you can achieve this (sandpaper or distress tools) but I like to get out the power tools once in a while!

    Step 9

    I then added some metal embellishments with matte medium.

    Step 10

    Then another another layer of color with Perfect Pearls Mist.

    Step 11

    I matted the card with a bit of Typography from the 8x8 stack. Some black distress ink was added to grunge it up.

    Step 12

    The focal was glued on and I made a little label with a Dymo. I love the vintage look of these. The sentiment riffs off of the compass on the tattered heart.

    Step 13

    Last, I had to squeeze in a little more metal, so I added these filigree corners. Binder clips hold them in place while the glue sets!

    Step 14

    And then you have a lovely masculine valentine.