Guess what came in the mail today?! My first custom letterpress plate! I blogged a few months back I had purchased the QuicKutz L Letterpress  machine. I finally finished my first design and sent it off to Elum to have a plate made for my Valentine’s Day cards. I can’t wait!

I am so glad I ran out the day I saw the announcement the printers were available because I went back to AC Moore and the entire display was gone… not sure why. I didn’t bother to ask as they didn’t even know they carried the thing back when I bought it (in November).

The plate itself is rather beautiful (if I do say so!). The price was very reasonable – it was only $11.78 for the plate and then $9.84 for shipping. So $21.62 total. Of course, I will blog all the details once I print the cards.

Did I mention I can’t wait to print my Valentines?! 🙂 I don’t want to give it away so I’m posting a different design just to tide you over until I get them done. Calligraphy and Valentines go hand-in-hand – so they are one of my favorite things to do. This image below is a heart flourish I did for a Papyrus Valentine’s Day card a few years ago. I added the “love” today.

Stay tuned…

Oopsie … I almost forgot the most important part … I will mail one of the Valentines to the first 5 readers to email me their mailing address before midnight, Friday, February 5, 2010. I can’t guarantee it will arrive before the 14th, but I’ll try!