Monday, February 13, 2012

Keeping it Simple!

This Valentine card
Smartie Pants 8

is the simple and quick(er) version of…
smarty pants
THIS Valentine card at TipJunkie.

To me, the original version has more pizzazz visually, but I had to work with the demands of my four-year-old! While I loved this card at first sight, after reading the tutorial, I wasn't so in love with actually doing the work. There is a beautiful printable if you want to use the Tip Junkie card, but it is not customizable and requires quite a bit of work. My version requires access to a Silhouette cutting machine which I know disappoints a bunch of you, but I can only do so much! So…this is for all of you serious procrastinators – or maybe for next year!

Smartie Pants 9
double-sided tape
“Smarties” candies
silhouette file (Includes graphic, pants, pants with tabs) HERE
(I think this link to a file will work – if you have Silhouette software installed on your computer. There is no preview available, so download it and then open from your Silhouette. Let me know if it works for you!)

1 - Print and cut your pants and pants with tabs on cardstock.

Print and cut the graphics part of the card changing fonts and colors as desired. I cut mine out of cardstock, but paper would be fine, too, since it will be backed in cardstock.

Cut cardstock for the background.
 Smartie Pants 1

2Glue the pants to the graphics page so it looks like the hearts are holding the pants up like clothespins.Smartie Pants 2

3 – Glue the graphics page to the cardstock background.
Smartie Pants 3

4 – Fold/unfold the tabs on the pants section with tabs to make them flexible.Use a small piece of double-sided tape on each tab being careful to only put tape on lower section of tab. Stick the pants with tabs to the pants on the card at the feet.
Smartie Pants 4

5 – Fold the tabbed pants over and continue sticking each tab under and onto the pants on the card. I found that it helped to stick something inside of the pants box to help push the tape down. I used a bone folder, but you can use anything that won’t stick to your tape.
Smartie Pants 5

6 – Your pants box should look like this:
Smartie Pants 6

7 – Put 2 “Smarties” in each pants box, sign the cards and you are good to go!
Smartie Pants 7

Happy Valentine’s Day all of you “Smarties” out there!


Nancy,  said... February 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM  

Too cute!!! I like your color scheme better. Nice to see you again :o)

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick,  said... November 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM  

I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

I hope to see you there!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

The Worthen's,  said... February 6, 2016 at 2:10 PM  

My daughter fell in love with these and really wants to make them for her friends, but unfortunately we don't have a silhouette. Is there any way to open the file in a different program? Thanks!

Tammy @ she wears flowers,  said... February 6, 2016 at 5:19 PM  

Please email me at with your email address and I will get back to you.

erinmalia,  said... February 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM  

Holy smokes, this was exactly what I needed! My son saw the valentine on tip junkie, but the thought of cutting out 18 pants was a bit daunting. But I just finished cutting them on my cameo--genius. Many thanks!

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