Today's guest post comes from the wonderful Jane Buck of Foxy & Winston:
Hello, I'm Jane Buck and I am the Illustrator behind Foxy & Winston. I own and run a small Shop and Print Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn where I sell my hand printed Stationery and Textiles alongside hand made goods by dear friends and Artisans from around the globe. I usually take natural elements and the creatures that I meet on my travels for inspiration, but today's project was inspired by a colorful collection of Vintage Perfume bottles. I hope you enjoy this mix and match Valentine card project as much as I enjoyed designing it for you!
These Valentines are inspired by Vintage Perfume Bottles. There are three different bottles, greetings and patterned designs to cut and collage with for a fun, mix and match project. Happy Valentines Day!
Step 1: Choose some good quality 8.5 x 11 (A4) cover stock. I used Pure White Cover Stock from Paper Source (sold in 10 packs) because it's not too thick to feed through the printer but still stands up nicely once made into a folded card. You could also choose a lightly colored or patterned similar weight cover stock in the same size and experiment with printing the perfume bottles on different backgrounds - though it may change the color of the bottles.
Step 2: Download and print the 5 page PDF.
Step 3: Use either a paper cutter or a ruler and a craft knife to cut the cards to the correct dimensions using the printed crop marks as a guide. Your card will ideally measure 8.5" wide and 5.5" tall once cut.
Step 4: Take a bone folder to score a central line up the middle of each card and then fold them in half. Now it will measure 4.25" x 5.5"
Step 5: Select a 'spray bubble' silhouette and cut inside the black outline. Then trace around this template onto one of the patterns. I drew on the reverse so that my pencil marks did not show on the front. Experiment with mixing and matching the patterns, air bubbles and bottles. You could also try using a compass or a circle punch instead of the templates. Once you've chosen which way to go, stick the bubbles down on to the card with PVA or another clear drying adhesive, using a glue brush for even coverage.