Getting the right message in your Valentines Day card is too important to trust to a company. If you want to show your affection your
way, then you better make it yourself.
This is a guide to designing your own cut-out card that has a good look to it and can be customized any way you want.
If you want one of these, I made a few extra that are at my Etsy shop
Step 1: Write Your Message
The most important part is to write a short and sweet message. Try to keep it to no more than 8 words or so unless you're really into using an X-acto blade for a while.
These instructions are for Adobe Illustrator, but there are other free vector programs, like Inkscape, that are worth trying as well.
So, first write your topical and romantic message in a big bold font. I chose Arial Black. Also, tighten up the kerning, the space between the letters. Overlapping is good.
Step 2: Convert to Outlines
Convert the letters to outlines so that they are just shapes and no longer editable as text.
Then ungroup the resulting mass and collect each word into its own group.
Step 3: Play with the words locartion and size
Draw a rectangle and start placing the words within it. The rectangle can be resized so aim for an arrangement where the phrase is still readable and many of the words are connecting. Watch out for islands (floating elements) and peninsulas (long pieces sticking on on their own).
If it's still not quite connecting or if there are gaps, don't panic. We have hearts on our side!
Step 4: Add the Love
Place some hearts to make the card more romantic and tie the different elements together. Islands can be saved and peninsulas secured with the hearts.
Step 5: One more rectangle
Now that the design is done, we need one more rectangle around everything. Make sure it's completely on the outside and then select it along with the inner rectangle.