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Free Bowdabra Valentine’s Day card printable

 Free Bowdabra Valentine’s Day card printable

This year wouldn’t it be sweet to give one of a kind hand made Valentine’s Day cards? A card you decorate yourself is extra special. This Valentine’s Day card with two horses is a print of an original painting and is free to download. Use your home printer and cardstock cut to 8 ½” x 11.” Cards are half fold. Use the versatile Mini Bowdabra bow maker to create an elegant bow to add to the front for that extra special touch. Add your own sentiment or download the hand-lettered version here for the inside of your card. You can make your own envelopes or purchase envelopes that are 6” x 9” at a local party store.

Printable Valentine card loving horses      

Printable hand lettering


  • 16 inches of 1 ½” wide sheer red ribbon
  • Roll on Glue stick
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Card stock paper cut to 8 ½” x 11”
  • 16 inches of 1 ½” wide sheer red ribbon
  • Small felt heart shape
  • Tracing paper (If you are printing the hand-lettered sentiment)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Home printer


  1. Gather your supplies.

 happy valentine day card

  1. Download the free printable card. Cut your card stock to 8 ½” x 11.” Follow the instructions for your home printer for printing color images. Insert the cardstock into the printer and print. Fold the card in half.

diy valentine's day card

  1. Cut the ribbon in half. You will have two eight inch long pieces of ribbon.


  1. Make the dovetails. Using one eight-inch piece of of ribbon, fold the end in half and cut at an angle to the fold. Open and you will have a dovetail. Repeat for other end.

make a ribbon bow

how to make a ribbon bow

  1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 18 inches, fold in half and insert into the bow maker. You will have a loop at one end and two loose ends at the other.

mini bowdabra

  1. Insert the ribbon with dovetail ends into the bow maker with equal amounts of ribbon on each side. (Tails)

 Hair Bow Ruler Kit

  1. Insert the other piece of ribbon in the bow maker and make a loop on the to the 1 ½” line. Make a matching loop on the other side.

 ribbon bow for gift cards

bow ruler

gift card bows

  1. Scrunch down with the wand.

 how to make a bow with ribbon

  1. Thread the loose ends of the bow wire through the loop and pull into a slipknot while the bow is still in the bow maker. Pull tight and remove from the bow maker. Tie a knot in the back and fluff up and arrange the bow.

 make a bow with ribbon

how to make ribbon bows for gifts

  1. Using a hot glue gun attach the bow to the front of the card. Add some more glue and add the felt hear to the center.

 make ribbon bows for gifts

valentine day bows for gift

  1. If you choose to download the sentiment, use your home printer to print on a piece of tracing paper to fit your printer. Trim the sentiment to fit the inside of the card and use a glue stick to attach it to the center.

 how to make homemade valentine day gifts

    Bowdabra® Bow Making & Design Tool – Large – BOW1003

    Bowdabra Bow Making & Design Tool is your easy-to-use bow maker. Create professional looking bows for gift wrapping, home decorations and DIY crafts!
    Rated 4.50 out of 5

    Hair Bow Tool and Ruler Kit for the Mini Bowdabra® – BOW2200

    Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Creator Kit is a super easy hair bow making tool. Create designer Ribbon hair bows, mini bows, baby bow, DIY kids crafts and more!
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
Bowdabra’s easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website’s online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan’s Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael’s, and Walmart.

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