There’s always a fine line between wanting to try our hand at DIY valentines, and not wanting them to look amateur. But we have a secret weapon in our back pocket: embossing! It transforms a stamped impression into a professional-looking print in an instant, but still has the thoughtfulness (and cheaper price!) of a handmade item.

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We love Valentine’s Day, but we love Valentine’s Day treats even more. 😉 Today we made these adorable “puppy love” puppy chow snack bag valentines, featuring — of course — embossed stamped impressions! Take a look.

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Supplies

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We found these fun Valentine’s Day treat bags at Target, but the thin plastic over the heart cutout wouldn’t be able to uphold the embossing heat tool. Since the bags were too cute to pass up, we decided to seek the help of some vellum paper. It has a matte, see-through look so that you can see the puppy chow, but is durable enough to stamp and emboss on without crumpling up.

We took out the flimsy plastic and replaced it with vellum paper. We would recommend stamping and embossing each piece of paper beforehand — it’s just easier to work with that way. Then, with a few glue dots for the attachment, the vellum paper looks like it was always part of the bag.

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RS.com tip: You can always make your own bags as well, cutting out a shape of your choice and adding a piece of embossed vellum paper.

We used a custom dog stamp here, along with PEGZ stamps that spell out “Puppy Love” for a fun play on words. To kill two birds with one stone, we stamped the phrase on sticker paper and used it to close the bag and keep the treats fresh.

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Never embossed before? Don’t sweat it, it’s super easy! Just stamp your impression and sprinkle embossing powder over it. Then use an embossing heat tool to blow little circles over the impression. Watch as the design hardens and becomes shiny in seconds.

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After your bag is complete, fill it up with puppy chow/muddy buddies, close it, and seal it with a “Puppy Love” sticker. Your friends are sure to be impressed!

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