Creating Classic Custom Valentines


Creating custom cards is one of the great things about SendOutCards. While we have an extensive collection of cards for almost any holiday, sometimes a card that you customize all by yourself is the best kind of card.

A lot of the same can be said about creating Valentine’s Day cards, even when you’re creating them in bulk. While cards continue to become more extensive in design and bigger in size, the classic Valentine  (the smaller ones you received as a kid and/or in elementary school) are still some of the best kinds.

So how can you give out these classic cards without limiting yourself to the pre-made cards at the store? How can you add your creative twist to this classic?

We’re glad you asked!

One of the many great hidden treasures in the SendOutCards Photo Store is the Playing Cards Deck. But how can a deck of cards help you create personalized Valentines? An ordinary deck might not get you far, but the Playing Cards Deck from SendOutCards is a different story.





These custom Valentines are perfect for kids to bring to school and they’re also a fun way to create a classic Valentine to give to your friends, family, neighbors or coworkers.

For the sample above, we created a variety of 54 Valentines (including the Joker cards). All the designs you see are in the Artwork and Backgrounds gallery within the SOC Photo Store.

Start creating your own personalized, classic Valentines by  following the steps below!

Start, by logging into your SendOutCards Photo Store Account by visiting: After you’ve logged on, you’ll see a wheel of different projects you can create. Click on “Other Gifts” option on the first wheel.


That will open a second wheel, where you’ll need to click on “Playing Card Deck.”


Next, you’ll be taken to the customization page.


Select the “Design Your Own” option and then click “Next Step.”


The cards are separated by suites. However, in the “Design Your Own” option, this isn’t applicable, since there will not be number or suites appearing on your custom cards. Be sure you click through each suite and create a design for each card. There are a total of 54 cards (including the Joker cards).


The SOC Photo Store has hundreds of built-in background and graphics that you can select from. But you can also upload your own graphics and photos in the “My Photos” option. For this example, we’ll be pulling graphics from the SOC Photo Store library.


You can design your cards on a white (default) or a solid color background. There also custom backgrounds, separated by categories. For the cards in our example, we’re using the backgrounds in the “Valentines” folder.


Next, we’re going to add some artwork on top of our background image. Again, we’ll be pulling the graphics from the SOC Photo Store library. You can find an array of different images under the “Artwork” option of your menu. Like the backgrounds, these graphics split into different categories. For example, we’ll be pulling graphics from the “Valentines” folder.


To add graphics, just drag the graphic you want to use onto your card.


Depending on the card you’re working with and the look and feel you’re trying to achieve, you’ll have to adjust the size and position accordingly.  You can do so by using the dark grey menu above.

When you’re finished creating all your cards. Click on the “Back of all cards” option on the left hand side of screen.


The back of the deck will have to be one consistent image and/or text. For our sample, we’ll be creating the “to and from” area.  If you decide to do the same, you have the option of filling-in your name now, or you can leave it blank and personally sign it after you’ve printed them.

Text can be added by selecting the “Text” tab on your menu.  Similar to the background/images, you’ll drag the “ABC” box on to your card and move the box according to where you want your text to be.


Once you’ve decided, you can begin typing your text in the box in the “Text” tab. You can also change your font, size and color in the same menu box. In addition, you can move your text, rotate it and resize accordingly, using the dark grey menu next to your card.


After you’ve added your text, you can also add any additional artwork or graphics.

When you’re done creating all your cards, click on the “Preview” option to view your work. If you’re happy with your cards, click “Add to Cart” to get your cards processed and print!

Daily Giveaway #7 — $50 SOC Photo Store Gift Card

This is just one of the few ways you can take your Valentine’s Day creativity and personalization to next level. Why not explore some of the other great tools in the photo store to surprise your someone special this holiday? Submit some of your creative Valentine’s Day ideas HERE for your chance to win a $50 SOC Photo Store Gift Card — Daily Giveaway #7 — the final giveaway in our February: 7 Days of Giveaways series.

Stay tuned for our next blog post on a fun DIY project you can do with a few items at home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  16 comments for “Creating Classic Custom Valentines

  1. February 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Great ideas! Can you please add a Pinterest button to your blog?

    • SendOutCards
      February 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Just added, Stephanie! Thank you for your idea!

  2. February 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Cool! What a great idea! Thanks SOC!

  3. February 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is absolutely BRILLIANT! I had no idea we could customize the playing cards in this way (change the back of the cards from the typical). This is why I love SOC so much – they think of everything! Very innovative!!!

  4. February 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I know what I’m doing today!

  5. Bethany Gerber
    February 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Never would have thought of this on my own! Thanks for sharing such a creative idea. 🙂

  6. February 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Love the idea – not sure if the finished product would arrive in time for Valentine’s Day in Canada – so would like you to keep that in mind when sharing these amazing ideas with us….

  7. Alecia Sparks
    February 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Fun idea!

  8. February 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    We are only limited by our imagination. Thanks for all the screen shots to show how it’s done! I created a deck of cards for my euchre group and last night I unveiled them. The ladies LOL especially when each of the queens represented each of us. I think I may have gained some photo store customers last night.

  9. February 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    luv it!

  10. February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What a wonderful idea for moms with young children…

  11. February 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I hadn’t been to the SOC Photo STore in awhile and wasn’t aware of the playing cards at all … What a FUN idea. Love this business … never static or stale.

  12. Rhonda Geneva
    February 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we created a deck of cards to share chinese symbols for words of virtue and created a matching game. I love the screen shots that you shared above giving a step by step design approach. I will share this with my customers.

  13. February 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

    It is Feb 8th – can these be ordered and delivered by the 14th?

    • SendOutCards
      February 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Hi Kathy. It will depend on where you’re shipping from. Expedited shipping is also available. Thanks!

  14. February 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This is going to be GREAT! last year my children and I created a ‘short’ deck of playing cards with fun things on them to play a matching game. It was timed, and came with great prizes like candy, a day off from chores, sleep as late as you want to, dinner out, steal someone else’s prize, free hug, things like that. We used a normal deck with taped on hearts with messages to play the matching game. This year, I’m making a permanent deck for our game with SOC. Thanks for the idea!

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