I’m obsessed with my Instax camera.
As much as I love my DSLR, there’s nothing quite like the instant gratification that this type of camera provides me with. I never know what kind of photographic gem is going to pop out! But since I can’t afford to constantly replenish my film stash, I decided to go with the next best thing for my Valentine’s cards this year: faux Instax! I simply chose one of my favorite Manhattan Beach photos and copy / pasted it at 2 x 3″ several times in a Photoshop document. Then I printed it out and trimmed each photo, allowing for the oversized border at the bottom of the image to mimic that of an Instax.
Using my beloved Fiskars ProCision trimmer (which btw, is the greatest trimmer I’ve ever used), I trimmed various sheets of patterned paper down to 2.5 x 3.5″ and set them aside.
Next, I stamped “Oh Happy Day” in the bottom left corner of each photo using navy mid-tone Shadow Ink. While I could have used a more traditional Valentine’s phrase, I liked how this particular saying lends itself to a variety of occasions (thus, allowing me an out if I forget to mail these in time! ha!).
It’s always a little nerve-wracking to stamp on slick surfaces, but I’ve learned that you just have to go for it and hope for the best! I also chose to use a navy ink since it seemed like a softer alternative to black.
From there, I loosely adhered each photo to the center of the patterned paper sheets using a strip of washi tape and a paperclip for reinforcement.
For a finishing touch, I added two Candy Buttons to the right side of each card. Good lord, I love those things!
Ta-da! Faux Instax Valentine’s cards. They may not be as cool as the Barbie ones I used to pass out in school, but they’ll just have to suffice (;