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Beach Valentine

I love walking down the beach and seeing pictures or messages drawn in the sand! This sweet card recreates that image and is pretty simple to make.


  • heavy cardstock, folded into a card
  • craft sand
  • paint brush
  • teal and white paint
  • glue stick and spray adhesive
  • small square of cardstock for a stencil
  • scissors


  1. Open the card and lay it flat. Paint the bottom of the front side teal for the water using horizontal strokes. Blend in some white paint towards the top for seafoam. Let dry completely. You may want to press the card under a heavy book so that it is as flat as possible.
  2. Draw a heart on the square of cardstock for a stencil. Cut it out and draw a smaller heart inside. Cut out the smaller heart so that you have a heart outline (see above). Tip- punch a hole in the center of the smaller heart, so that you have an easy starting place to cut. 
  3. Glue the heart onto the card just above the water with a glue stick. Cover the painted part with a scrap of paper and spray a thin, even layer of adhesive where the sand will go. Don’t worry if it gets on the heart.
  4. Sprinkle an even layer of sand on the card and let dry completely. Gently tap off excess sand.
  5. Use tweezers to carefully peel off the heart to reveal your own sand message!
This card is so easy to customize. You can make a stencil for a different shape, write a name, a special date… the options are endless! -Jessica



  1. Aubrey / Feb 2 2012

    Do you think you could use a glue stick instead of the spray adhesive? I would like to make this with my MOPs group, but some of the ladies are pregnant and the fumes from the spray might be harmful.

    • shimmerkai / Feb 2 2012

      I tried to do it with a regular glue stick and the sand didn’t stick as well, but it might work better by doing a lighter layer of really fine craft sand and just letting it dry completely.

  2. Chic Coles / Jan 27 2012

    This is such a great tutorial! I know anyone who receives this, will love it!

  3. kate / Jan 19 2012

    Very cool! Love the color combo! also, thanks for your lovely comment on design*sponge about my work!

  4. Valerie / Jan 18 2012

    Wonderful idea! I love-love-love the beach, the ocean, and am going to borrow this not just for Valentine’s Day but for other occasions! Thank you!

  5. sharon / Jan 17 2012

    Very creative & clever…love the beach idea…

  6. shimmerkai / Jan 17 2012

    Thank you! So glad you like it.


  7. Maryellen Webber / Jan 17 2012

    I found your blog through Craft Gossip. I love this beach card Valentine! You are very
    -Maryellen :D

  8. Roudi / Jan 17 2012

    Wow this is such a neat idea! Love the simplicity of the heart. :)
    Might try this soon, thank you for the inspiration.

    Roudi @

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