Hello everyone! I know there are many of you like me who are last minute crafters. So with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share three very quick ways of getting some love notes done for those special people in your life. Greeting cards are the norm, so why not do something different? You can write a sentimental message on the back of the note card, invite a special someone out for lunch or a cup of coffee, or even stick a gift card into the envelope along with the handmade note card!
Who says last minute crafts can’t be awesome? Here, let me help you pull it off in style!
First way: Get Your Fingers Messy
Spread paint around with your fingers. Don’t worry about a specific way of doing it. Just enjoy the sensory experience. Add some textural elements and stencils. Use deli paper (or parchment paper) to keep the backside of the note card clean. Pull a print. Or two. Set aside.
Second (Traditional) Way: Use Your Brayer
Spread out the paint in a thin layer with your brayer and pull a base print. Add another layer of paint and add some stencils to create layers of designs. Pull prints.
Repeat the process until you’re happy with the layers and colors. I used my homemade wooden stamps in this one to include some XOXO and heart symbols. Set aside.
Third way: Use Distress Inks
Apply distress inks with a brush directly on to the gel plate. It will look like there isn’t much, but wait ’till you pull a print. Less is more in this case. The prints you pull will be soft and delicate unlike what you achieve if you were to use distress inks directly on paper.
Use stencils and stamps as you would with acrylic paints. Using distress ink is the fastest way of making creative, one-of-a-kind backgrounds. You can see the difference when you apply distress inks directly on paper versus when you pull a print from the gel plate.
Next up, I embellish the note cards with pencil colors, die cuts of previous monoprints that I have lying around, stickers and paint pens. I also made matching envelopes. You can get really creative and go to town with embellishments or keep it simple if you’re in a time crunch.
I have a couple of bags filled with die cuts from previous gel plate prints. I usually go through that stash to find coordinating pieces when I am pressed for time.
I did end up getting the backs of notecards a bit messy so I used double-sided tape to stick on a blank notecard. It also makes the notecards sturdier.
This was a quick project with some very satisfying and different looking results. Let us know in the comments which technique was your favorite!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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