Free Valentines Printable

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Over the weekend, I put together this fun little collection of Valentine’s envelopes to play with.  I got kinda lost for several hours in the template and different prints that could be put together.  I did mention I like paper crafts.  :)

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There are two different versions, one with a flat fold-over tab, and one with a fun, “die cut” heart tab.  Each file has each version in the print combo on that file.

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If you opt for the heart cut-out, I found an exacto knife with a piece of foam underneath the paper worked best.  It is a bit of a steady hand job, so if you aren’t feeling up to it, go ahead and just fold it without cutting the heart.  It’ll look just fine!

I didn’t include any specific instructions, it’s pretty basic.  If you guys feel like you need a bit more to go on, please let me know.  Here are the basics:

1)  Print the file.  I printed mine on 8.5 x 11″ textured cardstock.  You can choose a scrapbook paper with a white background and print on the white side.  This is how some of my envelopes are double sided.  If you guys would like that specific stripey print (it’s one of mine that I played with a few years ago but never went into production), I’ll see if I can dig it up.  ;)

2)  With good, sharp craft scissors, (I use Martha Stewart scissors from her craft collection at Michaels and love them) cut the envelopes out.  Cut slightly inside the pattern to avoid any white paper.

3)  Make your folds.  I found it very helpful to use a ruler as a straight edge on the “right” side of the envelope and make a soft fold (just to crease the paper) in the “wrong” direction, as if you are folding the envelope right side in.  Then fold to the “wrong” side (or inside of the envelope) and flatten your fold with a blunt edge, like your ruler or a bone folder.

4)  Apply adhesive to the inside flaps of the envelope and adhere them to the back side of the envelope..  You can adhere them either on the inside or wrap them around the outside, they are printed in a color to match the envelope.  I used scrapbook adhesive on a hand roller, not glue.

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I’m so used to writing sewing patterns that I feel like there needs to be illustrations with the instructions!  If you are confused, don’t hesitate to ask.  Enjoy!

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Inside My Sketchbook: Watercolor Paper

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Just popping in to share a few watercolor ladies from my sketchbook.  I generally bind my own sketchbook so that I can choose the paper I want.  Sketchbooks that you purchase have one kind of paper in them, and I like to mix it up.  I’ll do a few sketch papers (it’s lighter weight and smoother so the pencil will slide across easily) and then add a few watercolor papers.  Watercolor paper is a heavier weight so the paper will absorb the paint and not buckle.  If you choose the right paper, you can paint on both sides of the sheet which makes it perfect for sketchbooks!  My favorite watercolor paper is by Fabriano.  Traditional white cold press.  See the texture on the paper in the painting above?  That’s the “cold press” part.  Hot press watercolor paper is still heavier than sketch, but with a smoother surface.  (see painting below)

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These ladies were just quick practice sketches, but I find I end up liking my practice work more than my intentional work almost 100% of the time.  Why?  Because I’m not thinking about what I’m doing, I just do it.  I am letting go, not judging myself or worrying about the outcome and just playing.  I want to be like that all the time.. the best way to accomplish it?  Just practice.  Every day.  In whichever part of your life needs a little letting go, just practice a bit every day.. and it get a little more easy each time.

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