Create: Handmade Valentines
Growing up, I always loved making homemade valentines for friends and family. Although most of the valentines I received were from my mom (a.k.a. ‘my secret admirer’), I nonetheless have fully embraced the idea of a commercial holiday about spreading love. Thus, I have maintained a tradition of making handmade valentines to let the people I care about most in my life know that they are loved.
This year, I decided to make my valentines using woodblock printing. Below are the simple steps to follow to make your own. Sending lots of love your way FEEDers! xo LBL
Gather your materials to carve a woodblock with your special and unique design. You will need a wood block, carving tools (called gravers), a pencil to draw your design, printers ink (oil or water based), a roller, and paper.
Draw and carve you design into the wood block. (If you are carving a written message, be sure to write everything in reverse so that it prints properly. See my “oops”…)
Use the roller to coat your woodblock with printers ink.
Line up the woodblock on your paper and press down. Make sure to apply pressure to all areas of the woodblock so that you get a good impression on the paper.
Let your cards dry for several hours.
As an extra treat for friends, fill a little bag with treats. The treats I choose for my valentines this year include organic hot chocolate packets, traditional Sweetheart candies, Emergen-C packets, candy drops, and lottery tickets.
Assemble each bag and close with a small piece of tape.
Personalize and give!