I've been excited to post about this since I started making my Valentines last week, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise. I saw a lot of great valentines floating around the web this year, but I was particularly struck by this one. The simple red heart and loopy handwriting inspired my design. I failed a semester of German in college, but still love the language I am so poor at speaking. "Du bist geleibt" is one of my favorite phrases and means "you are loved". I used the English inside the card for all my non-German speaking friends. Keep reading after the jump to see how I made them.
I've been playing around a bit lately with linocuts and stamping. I made a bunch of linocuts a few years back and really enjoyed the look of it, but carving out the hard linoleum blocks was hard on my wrists (accommodating for my repetitive stress injuries is a daily part of life). This year I started experimenting with some of the linoleum alternatives that are on the market. For this project I used this one. It's much softer that traditional linoleum which is great for my wrist, but it also can stretch and bend a bit when carving so it's not great for super detailed work. I started, as always, by sketching out my design and transferring it onto my block before carving it out. Be sure to flip your design if you are using text or it will turn out backwards.