These cards were a really fun project. I have dabbled in combining my lettering and printmaking in the past–check it out here and here–and I really loved it. I have done some typesetting and although I enjoy it, block carving it much more up my alley. From a technical perspective, locking in one big block on the press is wayyyy easier than worry about a bunch of type. Plus, I love carving! It's my favorite part of the process, and I like the added challenge of carving characters. I also like that lettered words automatically have a little more "oomph" and uniqueness to them than a typeface because they were made by hand. I like that it adds a crafty touch to pieces that I would not be able to achieve with a font alone.
Anyways, I wanted to make a series of lettered pieces to further develop my hand at combining lettering and block printing. I signed up for a Galentine's Pop Up (this Saturday, check it out!) and figured Valentine's Day cards would be the perfect opportunity to do so. I got to say, I loved it. The "You're My Person" card is probably the most complicated print I've ever made (sounds silly, I know it's pretty simple). I am used to making simple reduction prints that aren't too complicated to visualize, but thinking about carving out where the white, the red, and the pink will all fit in was a different process. Overall, I am so happy with how they turned out!
You can find them in my Etsy shop, and don't worry, they aren't going away after the holiday. I will keep them there year-round! Never hurts to send a little love. <3 <3 <3