I'm enchanted with cupcake liners and there are so many different styles to choose from these days. The problem is, most of the design that compelled me to buy them gets lost once cupcakes are baked in them. I've even tried the double liner, and that's not a foolproof solution either. But, they're great to craft with! For Valentine's Day, I thought they would make sweet cards for the younger set (or the young at heart) and they're a cinch to create.
Cupcake liners in assorted colors and sizes
Pinking shears (optional)
Double-sided tape or quick-setting craft glue
Heart punch or template
Pin backs or small, flat magnets
Ruler and craft knife (or a paper trimmer)
I like to trim the edges of my cupcake liners with pinking shears, for added texture. If you'd like to do this, fold the cupcake liner in half and trim about 1/4-inch in from the edge. Open up. Repeat with another cupcake liner of the same size. Lastly, trim a smaller cupcake liner or cut a larger one about 3/4-inch in from the edge.
Gather the middle of each cupcake liner and scrunch it up. (The more you scrunch it up, the more of a ruffly effect you'll get.) Flatten the middle section with your fingertips. Repeat for the last two, then layer the cupcake liners as shown, securing with double-sided tape or quick-setting glue.
Punch a heart shape from cardstock and coat with glue. Sprinkle with fine glitter and shake off excess. Set aside to dry. When heart is dry, attach to the middle of the layered cupcake liners. Then cut two strips of ribbon and glue to the back. Notch the ends of the ribbon, if desired. Finally, glue a pin back or small, flat magnet to the back of the layered cupcake liners. Set aside to dry.
In the meantime, cut colored cardstock into 4x6-inch cards and stamp a Valentine sentiment along the bottom of the card. Attach the cupcake liner pin (or magnet) to the card with double-sided tape.
Tip: I'm impatient and I don't like to wait for things to dry. I'm particularly fond of Therm O Web double-sided adhesive sheets. I can cut small pieces to secure things together or I can cut the heart shape from it (back with colored cardstock before cutting or punching it out) and sprinkle the glitter onto the sticky side. It's even strong enough to secure a magnet or pin back. If you decide to go the glue route, I highly recommend Beacon Adhesive's 3n1 craft glue, available at stores like Michaels. It's a staple in my tool kit and it dries quickly.
UPDATE 1/12: For lots of fun Valentine ideas, head over to Michelle Paige for the Valentine Link Party.