Friday, February 12, 2010

Grade School Valentines

In grade school, Valentine's was at its purest and sweetest. Chalky candies and miniature envelopes. Handmade mailboxes set on the ends of our desks. Red construction paper, class parties and perforated cards folded in half, sealed with hearts.
I wanted to capture those old memories in designing this free "Craft Pack" download. It comes with six flat cards (like the "You are just swell" one peeking out below), and eight fold-over cards that can double as treat bag toppers. Both styles are inspired by the classic conversation heart. The fold-over cards can be sandwiched over a glassine bag of candy hearts. Or they can be given as is:You can leave their insides blank and write a personal note. Or if your paper is thick enough for double sided printing, you can use one of the patterned papers included in the download to add a tiny heart print to the reverse side (before cutting).If you'd like to make these read on for download instructions. Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend and a happy Valentine's day!By clicking on "Download" above, you can download the whole set:
1 sheet of 6 flat cards
2 sheets of 4 fold-over cards
4 sheets of patterned paper
You'll be downloading a .zip folder and inside you'll find a single .pdf file containing all the goodies - you'll need Acrobat Reader to view it. I've done my best to minimize file size but the download may still take a few minutes to complete.
Additional Instructions: All sheets of the download print on 8.5" by 11" paper. For best results use a sturdier paper like card stock. All the cards have a handy light gray outline for cutting, and the fold-overs have score marks as well. I recommend using a bone folder and ruler for nice crisp creases. To seal fold-over cards use a tiny dab of glue. To attached fold-over cards to treat bags use a stapler.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sweet Straws

Valentine's storefronts are emerging all over the city. Hearts of deep red float across the glassy panes of the bakery near fifth. Florist shops glow from within, with window displays that pass in an intricate blur as you drive by in the low light of February afternoon. Wonderfully colored, warmly lit. There are so many pretty things to be seen and made this month. I just finished up these embellished straws for Papermash. Click here to download a .pdf at Papermash with project instructions and photos. It's a simple and customizable project, and best served with something sweet! Update: The larger hearts are made with a Martha Stewart Craft Punch and the smaller hearts are "Dimensional Heart Stickers" from the same line. But you can cut your own simple heart shapes as well using the templates in the download.