Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crafty Thursday: Edgar Allen Poe Valentine




Everyone at Mystery Playground loves excellent Valentines. And since today is Edgar Allen Poe's birthday our creative guest blogger, Lorraine Masonheimer, created this special Poe valentine with the supplies she had on hand to honor his legacy. 

You can use your own supplies and come up with any number of variations.


Supplies:

Inkpads: ColorBox Seattle Sky and Chalk Charcoal

Stamps: Jim Holtz Webs & Damask CMS276 and Mini Blueprints 5 CMS170 Raven, Stampabilities Be My Valentine CR1117

DieCut: Memory Box Hearts 30006, 3.4x3.6”, 1.4x1.3” and .8x.7”

Other: 8 1/2” x 11” cream cardstock, vintage print paper with coordinating shades of sage, brown and peach, printed or copy of a book page, small black and white self-adhesive pearls, metal keyhole embellishment, glue dots, scissors, x-acto blade, Big Shot die cutting machine, computer, printer and Microsoft Word.


Step One: Card Base
Score an 8 ½ x 11” cream cardstock at 5 ½” and fold in half. Cut patterned paper to 8 ½” x 5 ½” and set aside.


Step Two: Stamp & Cut
Stamp the Web pattern using seattle sky ink onto the peach paper. Place the large heart die over the center of the web and run the paper through the big shot and remove the heart shape. If desired, draw a 3 ½” heart and use scissors instead of the die. Set aside.

Stamp the Raven image using charcoal ink onto the brown paper. Using scissors, cut the raven from the image.

Using the 1.4 x 1.3” die, cut a heart from the red paper.  Repeat with the .8 x .7” die to cut a heart from the green paper. If desired, draw and cut hearts by hand.  Set aside.

Step Three: Tear
Tear approximately a 5 x 1.5” section from a book page or photocopy a page from Poe’s book. Set aside.


Step Four: Text Block & Trim
Using the computer, open a word document and select the insert tab at the top of the toolbar. Select text box and draw a ½” x 1” box.  Select the home tab, place the cursor in the text box and type in P enter, O enter, E. Highlight the type and select Berlin Sans FB font at 11 points. Highlight the type and select white as the font color.

Highlight the box, right click to format shape, select solid fill, go to color, select Black, Text 1, Lighter 15% tab and hit OK.

Draw a second text box 2 ½ x 3 ¼”.  Select the home tab, place the cursor in the text box and hit enter to create space above the type. Next, type in BENEATH THE on one line, double space and type RAVEN MOON, double space and type I FIND A RADIANT YOU. Highlight the type and select Using the AR BONNIE font at size 22.  Highlight the type and select white as the font color. Highlight the box, right click to format shape, select solid fill, go to color, select Black, Text 1, Lighter 15% tab and hit OK, print and cut into rectangular boxes. 


Using scissors, cut out the POE box and trim to fit the metal keyhole positioning POE in the center of the keyhole. Glue to the metal keyhole. 


Step Five: Copy & Cut
If desired, make a photocopy of Poe from your book and cut. Depending upon your patterned paper, cut a small image from the scrap paper or a color photocopy and use it to balance the final design.

Step Six: Assemble
Assemble the card as shown in first photo above. To add richness to the card, embellish with white pearls. Use a black or red pearl for the Raven’s eye.        


Step Seven: Stamp, Cut & Glue (Inside)
Stamp the sentiment of your choosing onto the inside of the card using ColorBox Chalk Charcoal. Using scraps from the patterned paper, cut and glue three long rectangles next to the sentiment as shown. Use scraps to add interest to the envelope flap.

Happy Birthday Edgar & Happy Valentine's Day! Come on back next week when Lorraine has another mystery themed valentine craft for us. 

If you love Valentine's as much as we do, don't forget to check out Lisa Alber's excellent Valentine's Day Snail Mail revival post

4 comments:

  1. Lorraine, this is amazing! You are so talented and creative. I love this.

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  2. Lorraine MasonheimerJanuary 19, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Thank you, it was a blast to put together as a fond homage to Mr. Poe and his work.

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  3. How fun (and spooky)! Well done, Lorraine!

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