This instructable covers the making of a grungy paper bag Valentine Day's card. It would make a sweet gift for your significant other or friend. It has a spot to tuck a letter into the card, allowing for more customization than just the cutesy sentiments you get with commercial cards.
The design is intended to require minimal materials and produce a minimal amount of waste. For many crafters, it can be done without purchasing any new materials. It will take most people about an hour to complete this card.
Step 1: Supplies and tools
The card is constructed out of these materials:
1 brown paper "lunch" bag
1 8.5" x 11" sheet light-colored coordinating paper
1 3" x 3" coordinating cardstock
1 pony bead of a coordinating color
--any bead which can fit over your ribbon will work fine
total 24 to 30 inches of thin, coordinating ribbon
--2 pieces 6" to 8"
--1 piece 12" to 14"
These tools are required:
glue of some sort -- I used a glue stick, but regular white glue would also be fine.
For the decoration, you can go one of two routes, or combine them:
a crayon of a coordinating color
colored pencil or pen of a coordinating color
ink pad of a coordinating color
a pen of a coordinating color
--I used one flowery type stamp for the outside, a curlique-type stamp for the bottom, and letter stamps for initials.
I created the instructable based on the red and black card, which uses the stamp and ink pad route. The other card pictured, the blue one, used only a crayon and a colored pencil.