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Fri 20

Sweet and Sophisticated Valentine

  As much as I love to dress up my Valentine cards with ribbons, gems and glitter sometimes a "no frills" card is needed.  I had to pratically sit on my hands to stop adding embellishments and just keep it simple.

The heart has a "faux letterpress" treatment that is easy and fun to play with.

  •  Start with a 4x4" panel of watercolor paper (it's thick and relatively soft), an embossing folder  and pigment ink. 
  •  Apply pigment ink directly onto the interior surface of the embossing folder. On this card I used  the "debossed" side of the folder--that way the background has color and the foreground remains  uninked.
  •  Carefully position the watercolor panel in the inked embossing folder.
  •  Run the folder through your die cutting machine using the manufacturers recommended recipe  for embossing.  Let dry.
  •  Run the embossed panel though the machine using the heart die cut and the cutting recipe.

This effect mimics the beautiful printing technique called Letterpress or "relief printing" dating back to the mid 15th century.  No heavy printing press or special training required here!

  • Die cut 2 branches (one adhered beneath the heart and one on top of the elevated heart.
  • Add a die cut bird in black card stock.
  • add stair-stepped strip with Happy Valentines Day sentiment.
  • Sit on your hands if you're tempted to add anything else. Enjoy the simplicity.


Watercolor paper -I used 140# cold press

Colorbox Cranberry pigment ink

Sizzix embossing folder (tight patterns work best for this technique)

#98254 Grand Heart Die

98187 Woodland Branch Die

98160 Perched Reedbird Die

B971 Happy Valentines Day Stamp

Once you try this "faux letterpress" technique you'll find yourself playing with different patterns and colors.  Light opaque pigment ink on dark paper looks stunning too.  Give it a try!

Let me know how your cards turn out---post them on our Memory Box Flickr Gallery.

Also, find a Memory Box class near you for this and other Valentine Cards.

Happy Friday!

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Love it! Can't wait to use this technique in a class soon!

You are so clever....looks like another fun technique!!

Beautiful ... just beautiful!!!

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