The Valentines have to be in the mail tomorrow and I'm not half done, but I broke with tradition and designed several individual cards instead of the usual one-for-all. I may have to do the rest in one style. This card was made for three different challenges at SCS - the sketch, 'faux postage' (a technique), and making a Valentine with NO red or pink or hearts or flowers! I guess that last one wasn't too hard since I'd been waiting to use these typewriter letters for a certain writer in the family. It would have been for her birthday, but I think she'll like this version. The faux postage uses a template with just the postage amount printed on cardstock. Then a clear plastic or acrylic sheet is cut with windows and used to mask an area to be stamped. My rubber stamps were already postage-style, so they were perfect, but any stamp will work when you think of all the themes the Post Office has issued. The type was punched out of a gift bag I bought at Hallmark. For some reason I couldn't find a 'V' in the stack, so I printed that letter on my PC and stuck it over another letter, but the rest all came that way - black & white with silver embossed edges. I sponged all the paper edges with a brown distress ink and cut the postage out with decorative scissors. You can see by the shadow that it's raised up on foam tape. Think she'll like it?