Thursday, February 03, 2011

be my valentine

Stampin' Up!'s Letterpress plate Lots Of Love brings to me memories of the heart-shaped conversation candies  that got their start in 1902.
In the 1990s, the manufacturer wanted to update some of the sayings and retire others, including "Call me","Email me", and "Fax me". Apparently the candy producer  receives hundreds of suggestions a year on new sayings. They produce the hearts from late February through mid January of the following year. Approximately 100,000 pounds of hearts are made per day, which sells out in about six weeks!

Much like the famous candies the Letterpress plate gives a "debossed" look to your cardstock when run through the Big Shot. My favourite technique to use with the Letterpress plate is to                      ink the plate with Versarmark clear ink before running it through the Big Shot. What this does is highlight the "debossed" look, making it much more visible.
In this cute vintage-look valentine I've also used digital downloads, Greeting Card Kids and Be My Valentine from My Digital Studio. The little girls dress is paper pieced using the new designer paper from the Occasions mini catalogue, Springtime Vintage. I've used my Classic inks and watercolour brush to colour in the image.

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