Ombre Paint Chip Valentine




Introduction: Ombre Paint Chip Valentine

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This is a great way to make a simple card for Valentines.  I chose to use those paint chips but you can easily just use different colored pieces of cardstock.

Step 1: Supplies

Here is what I used for this project.  You can make substitutions wherever you want to.

  • Paint chips in 5 colors (or colored paper in 5 colors)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Pink pen attachment (or just a pen if you have nice penmanship)
  • 5.5 x 4 inch card (or cut out a piece that is 8 x 5.5 inches
  • Mounting Squares - or a glue stick
  • File - Sorry it is a Zip because I can't upload it any other way
Colors I used Darkest to Lightest - Biggest to Smallest Heart
  • Neon Red
  • Italiano Rose
  • Pink Starburst
  • Baby Girl
  • Romantic Pink

Step 2: Design and Cut

Time to design!  The whole card design is in the attached document, but everything has to be cut, and penned, separately.

I figured out, if I loaded the paper the same way into the Silhouette Cameo, where 1 inch by 1 inch would be so I could line up my paint chips just right.

When you are ready to cut the hearts, put a paint chip on the corner of the mat while making sure the edge of the mat meets the edge line on the Cameo.  Now you want to make sure you get the heart on the paintchip while also avoiding the different text they put on them.  Since the smallest heart will take up the least amount of room, I would suggest cutting that one out first and going from there.

The settings I used to cut out my hearts (on paint chips) was the Texture Cardstock settings except I did a blade depth of 8.  So that is:
Speed: 5
Thickness: 33
Depth: 8
And do 2 passes.  You can either just hit cut twice or there is an option for 2 passes.

So everything you will be doing is:
Cut out 5 hearts, 1 of each size in it's corresponding color (I went from biggest to smallest which was darkest to lightest)

Now for the card, you can cut out a rectangle that is 8 by 5.5 inches (which will be your card) and then pen the Love in the corner or you can line the card upon the mat and print it right on the card.  That is what I did.

*Love is in a downloaded text called LoveMeForever and I deleted the extra lines so it was better for penning instead of cutting.

Step 3: Assemble

Time to put it together!  

Line up the hearts how you want them to look.  I originally was going to have them straight up and down, but then changed them to slightly crooked.   Glue the backs, stick them on, and that's it!  

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! The paint chips come in so many colors - you could do the same thing with flowers, or birds, or.... simple shapes!


    It's so pretty and simple. Can you show me how to use the Cameo sometime? :]


    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's cute and simple.. That's a great way to use paint chips that you have laying around. Cool instructable Penolopy =)

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! It was my first time working with paint chips. They're fun :D