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    Give A Little Love-D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Cards

    Photos by: Sarah Veyna
     Lately many of my friends and I have been getting into the habit of sending each other greeting cards and letters. Several of my friends are abroad or living in different states, and writing letters is an easy way for us to keep in touch without the hassle of coordinating Skype sessions in different time zones.
    In order to add a special touch to my next round of greeting cards, I decided to make them by hand using a block print. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought that it would be fun to dedicate this post to D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Cards. Block printing is a very fun process that you can easily do at home. Keep reading to learn how…
    Supplies:
    Black marker
    Fine tip pen (optional)
    Linoleum block
    Carving tools (You can purchase a lino handle
    and cutters individually, or purchase a set.)
    Block Printing Ink (I recommend using a brand that is water soluble,
    since it easier to clean up.)
    Foam or Glass Palette
    Brayer
    Note Cards ( I bought these at Target.)


    STEP 1 and 2: Draw and Carve Out Your Design*

    Begin by drawing a design on your block using a black marker.As you begin to carve out your design, keep in mind negative space. Negative space is what you don’t want to print out on paper and are going to be carving out using your tools. I recommend that you distinguish negative space by either carving out all the blank parts of your drawing, or all the parts drawn in with marker.

     

     
    STEP 3: Roll Out Your Paint
     
    Squeeze out a small amount of printing ink on your palette, and roll it out using the brayer. As you roll out the paint, make sure that there is an even coat of paint covering the brayer. This step is important since you will be using the brayer to coat your stamp.


    STEP 4: Paint Your Block


    Use the brayer to cover the block in paint. Roll the brayer over your stamp in different directions in order to create an even layer of paint. You will have to repeat this step every time you make a new print.
     
    STEP 5: Make Your Print
    To make your print, place the block on a notecard and hold it firmly for a couple of seconds. I would recommend placing a stack of newspapers, or any other kind of padding, underneath the notecard that you are printing on. If you place the notecard directly on a flat surface, you can’t place as much pressure on the block and the quality of the print does not come out as clear.



    STEP 6:  Let Your Prints Dry Overnight


    Finally, lay the prints flat on a surface, and let them dry overnight.

    STEP 7 (OPTIONAL) Write In Your Text: As you can tell from the finished product above, I went ahead and wrote a message using a fine tip pen. Because of the size of my print, it was easier for me to write in my text. If you are going to add some type of lettering using the block, I would remind you to carve it out as a mirror image so that your lettering won’t come out backwards when you print on paper.
    * My final print is not identical to the original design on my block because it did not print out exactly the way that I wanted it to. If you find that your print isn’t quite working for you, you can always wash off your block using water and soap and modify your design as you go along. 

     

    Outfit

    Clogging Around Town

     

     

     

    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    H&M Tunic Dress (similar here)
    Asos Leather Belt
    JewelMint Bangle
    Anne Klein Satchel
    Lotta by Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan I have a shoe obsession bigger than what my wallet can afford. Usually my fixation over a certain pair of shoes fades after I realize that I don’t really need another pair of shoes in my closet. However, I’ve been wanting to get a pair of clogs for a very long time. I know that it’s a stupid thing to obsess about, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how cute they’d look with all of my outfits.

    Luckily, I finally found a pair made by Lotta from Stockholm that were more affordable than other brands and didn’t completely break the bank. I must say that even though they were more than I’d normally spend on shoes, they’re the best purchase I’ve made in a while. I love that they go with my laid back style, and I’ve been wearing them almost every day ever since I got them. On top of that, they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned and I can literally walk around with them all day long. If I could afford it, I’d buy a pair in every color and style. I think it is needless to say that I would definitely recommend them to anybody interested in buying a pair.

    I can literally go on forever about my love of shoes, but I won’t bore you. Instead, I want to end this post by thanking all my friends and family that have helped me with this blog so far. My sister Ale took pictures of this look, and she was so patient with me as I struggled to pose and smile for the camera. I’m very fortunate to have a group of people that are willing to go along with my crazy ideas and projects, whatever they may be.

     

     

    Outfit

    Something Special

     
     

    Photos by: Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    H&M Sunglasses
    Ruche Necklace (similar here)
    H&M Top
    Dolce Vita Sandals
    Handmade Skirt (c/o of My Mom)
    Handmade Crocheted Purse (c/o of My Grandmother)
    MAC Lipstick in Rebel
    Earlier this week I got to drive my middle sister Ale back to Scripps College, which also happens to be my Alma Mater. I was extremely sad to see her go after having her as a partner in crime for almost a month. Even though she goes to school about 30 minutes away from where I live, we hardly get to spend time together because we’re both always so busy.
    Although parting from my sister was bittersweet, luckily while I was at Scripps I got to spend some time in the Margaret Fowler Garden. It’s a beautiful enclosed garden in the middle of campus which boasts beautiful murals by Mexican Artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez. As a student I loved spending time in the garden because it was such a tranquil and inspiring space, and it is a place that will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Speaking of things that are near and dear to me, I didn’t realize until now that many of the items I wore that day were handmade by people whom I love very much. Gifts seem to have a deeper meaning when someone takes time to handcraft something specifically for you. My mom made the blue skirt that I’m wearing. She used to always sew dresses and costumes for me when I was a little girl, but not so much anymore. Therefore, it’s always special when she takes the time to make me something to add to my wardrobe.
    The crocheted purse was made by my abuela (grandmother) Chela. She used bottle caps to create a flower pattern throughout, so it makes for a great conversation starter whenever I use it! My grandmother used to be a professional seamstress, but had to give up sewing once she lost the ability to bend her fingers due to illness. However, she is not the type of person to let a disability hold her back and take away her creative spirit. She somehow still manages to hold the crochet needles in her hands, and make beautiful creations such as this purse.
    Putting together this post has allowed me to reflect on the people, places and things that are special to me. I hope that I am able to discover more of that as I continue to work on this blog.