Let’s face it: your sweetie likely won’t be thrilled by a pink ‘n’ frilly Valentine. This sophisticated color scheme of brown, beige and red is more guy-friendly. And the innovative (and free!) buckle embellishment, made using a soda or beer-can pull-tab, is the perfect finishing touch.
Most soda- or beer-can pull-tabs are silver, but you may find some gold ones. For fun, use one from your sweetie's favorite beverage. This gold one is from a Guinness beer can!
Use your gold or silver marker to decorate the hearts. This helps tie in the buckle with the rest of the color scheme.
If you want a different colored buckle, try using nail polish to paint it.
If the pull-tab has a jagged edge, make sure to handle with care. You may want to use a hammer to flatten it a bit.
Double-sided adhesive tabs or glue dots work well to affix ribbon to cardstock.
Fold red cardstock in half.
Stamp hearts onto beige cardstock.
Thread the ribbon through the soda-can pull-tab. Glue the ribbon onto the beige cardstock, tucking the ends behind the beige cardstock and gluing them in place.
Glue the beige cardstock to the red cardstock.
Use your scissors or corner-rounder punch to round off the corners of the card.
Write your Valentine message inside the card.