With February fast approaching, your thoughts might be turning to Valentine’s Day and what you might give to those you love to mark the occasion. Perhaps you’re thinking of making your own card. If you are, here’s one to try. You don’t need to be good at drawing to make it because you can buy the patchwork heart digital stamp from Bloobel.com for only $1. You can then download it to your computer, print it off at home and colour it in with whatever media you like. Here’s how to make it.
You will need:
- the patchwork heart digital stamp
- a piece of card for printing your stamp on
- something to colour with – I used watercolour paints
- a 4 x 8 inch blank card
- a black fineliner
- a black felt-tip pen
- washi tape – I used 6mm
- kraft card for writing your sentiment on
- something to write your sentiment with
- double-sided tape or glue
- a heat tool or hairdryer
First, print off your patchwork heart. As I’d decided to use paint to colour my heart, I printed the stamp onto hot pressed Bockingford 300gsm watercolour card using my laser printer. One of the nice things about laser printing is that the toner repels water and acts as a bit of a resist on the card which helps me to stay within the lines!
Now it’s time to colour. I painted the patches one at a time, using the wet-on-wet watercolour technique to achieve some lovely blending. If, like me, you are using wet media, move around the heart and colour patches that are only next to dry areas so that they don’t bleed into one another. You can always dry the paint with a heat tool or hairdryer to speed up the process. If you’re using coloured pens or pencils this will not be an issue. Click on the images for a closer look.
When you’re happy with your heart, carefully cut it out. Then, take your washi-tape and tape along the long sides of your card and trim off the excess. Now it’s time to audition your heart on the card. By this, I mean: move the card around the heart to decide where you would like to place it. I put mine slightly off-centre and overlapping the right-hand piece of washi to create a sense of depth and movement. Once you’ve found the right position, stick it down. I used double-sided tape so that the heart wasn’t completely flush with the paper to give it a slight 3D effect.
Next, use a fineliner to draw a bow and string. To create my sentiment, I typed the words on a piece of Kraft card, cut out the strip and then darkened the edges with a black felt-tip pen. If you don’t have a typewriter, there are plenty of fonts that have a similar look. You can find them at Dafont.com and download them to your computer.
Finally, audition your sentiment then stick it down. Now you’re done. All you need to do is give it to someone you love!
I hope this has given you an idea for a simple, inexpensive Valentine’s card. Do let me know if you give it a go.
Thanks for reading. See you soon. xx
The official bit:
I received this digital stamp for free, as I am a member of the Bloobel.com design team.
This printable digi image is available for instant download and measures 1500 pixels wide, 300dpi. It will be delivered as a printable transparent PNG or JPEG … You may use our digital stamps to make and sell handmade cards and other creative handmade items, but they are not to be used to mass produce; only handmade items up to a maximum of 500 items per digital stamp purchased.
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