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Valentine Pocket Letter..

… I wonder who will receive this?! Tee hee.

Hello everyone!

It’s the 1st of the month (already! Wow!) and that means a brand new challenge over at Faery Ink in our Facebook Group.

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Our challenge for this month is to create a Pocket Letter.  Now I know that this may be off putting to some of you if you have never made one before. But they are so very simple to do.

This one here, is only my second try, and I have even added a step by step tutorial for you.  Honestly, it really is simple and fun! Smiles.

(Above is the front of my pocket letter.)

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And this is the back of my pocket letter.

(The back is now filled with goodies ready to be sent out. I’m not showing this because I don’t want it to be spoiled by the recipient.)

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These are the images I used for my Pocket Letter. They are all from the Faery Ink Store.  From left to right they are:-

Arielle Love Faery, Honey Faery GodmotherLots O Love Gabbie.

To bring them all to life, I used my Copics in these shades:-

Skin

Skin.

Cheek Blush

Cheek Blush.

Black Hair

Black Hair.

Teal Hair

Teal Hair.

Mermaid Top & Flower

Mermaid Top & Flower.

Wings

Wings.

Reds

Reds.

Turquoises

Turquoises.

I added silver stickles to the Faery Godmother Wings, and white dots (using my pigment pen) to the Arielle Love Faery Wings.

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I truly hope that you can come join us in this month’s Pocket Letter Challenge, it is always such a pleasure seeing everyone’s creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

(Your step by step instructions are below.)

1. Start up Serif Craft Artist and select Blank Project.

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2. On the next screen select A4 Portrait.

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3. In your work area, select shapes then click on Rectangles.

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4. Draw a rectangle and make it measure 2.5” x 3.5”. Next go to Tools, and select Replicate. Your columns and rows need to be 3 each.

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5. Now you have your grid to use as a guide for placing your images. You need to drag your cursor from the top of the page to the bottom to highlight all of the boxes, then right click and select Group.

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6. Now go to Photos on your left side bar, add the background paper or pattern that you want to use. Drag it over your grid. Resize it to fit your grid perfectly. Then right click and select Order Items, then select Send To Back.

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7. Now group your grid and background together (as you did in step 5 to highlight the whole thing.) Now you can begin dragging your images from your photos on the left hand side, onto your work area.

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8. Drag them onto your work area one by one, and resize them to fit in the boxes. Before resizing make sure that the little blue line connects the H & W boxes (bottom right of your screen) as this will ensure your image does not distort when you resize it.

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9. If any of the images you want to use are JPEG and have a white background, you will need to highlight the image and then select Cut Out Studio on your top navigation bar. Once the Cut Out Studio is open, you can remove the background from around your image. If you look on the left hand side in my picture, you will see that I have the eraser and the clear background options selected. As you add each image, and you have resized and placed correctly, you will need to right click each one and select Order Items, then Bring To Front. This keeps your background firmly at the back and all of your images visible.

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10. Now it is time to add your text. If you want to add a sentiment of your own, then you’ll need to go to Text in the top navigation bar. Select your font and font size, then type the wording you want. Resize the text once you are done, so that it fits in your box. You can rotate your text too so that you have more options on making it fit.

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11. An easy way to rotate your images, is to hover your cursor over the little circle on the stick coming out the top highlight box around your selected image. Can you see the small curved line in the picture? This allows you to rotate in either direction.

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12. You can resize in a similar way, by hovering your cursor over one of the little boxes in the corners of your highlight box.

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13. If you want to duplicate an image or sentiment in another grid box, simply highlight the item you wish to duplicate. Right click and select Copy. Then right click and select Paste. You can now drag your duplicated item anywhere on your page.

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14. Once everything is added you need to highlight all of your work and group everything together. Now go to your bottom navigation bar and select Add Page. This is where you will design your background.

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15. Now design your grid and your background as you did on your first page. Group it all together. You can now begin adding your sentiments/designs onto your back page.

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16. Once you have resized and placed your sentiment, right click and select Order Items, then select Bring To Front. When you are done, highlight your sentiment.

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17. Now go to your top navigation bar and select Format, then Filter Effect.

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18. Check the box for Drop Shadow. In the large box you will see a colour bar drop down box. Choose a medium grey from this. Do the same now for Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Outline and Bevel & Emboss. Again you need to change the colour to medium grey when completing each option. When you have completed all of the steps shown in the photo, click Ok.

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19. Next, go to shapes in your top navigation bar, and select the heart. Draw a large one and a small one in your grid box. Copy each one in turn and paste them to where you want them on your page. Remember you can easily rotate them to suit also, as described in step 11.

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20. Now you have your sentiment and hearts all placed, it is time to go back into Format to alter their appearance. First you need to highlight your sentiment, then go to Format, Line Colour, and then choose White. Now with your sentiment still highlighted, go to Format, then Filter Effects. I want you to follow the steps you did before in step 18. But before clicking Ok you need to also check the boxes for 3D Effects & 3D Lighting.

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21. You should now be looking like this, and ready to print your work. Don’t print double sided, make sure you use two pieces of card. Because when you begin colouring your images (if using markers) the colour WILL bleed through to the back of your work!

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Once the front page is all coloured up, glue it to the back page (plain sides facing.) Now use your grid lines to easily cut your ATC sized creations and place them in your pockets. All that’s left to do now, is to add your little trinkets/crafty items to the back of each pocket, and the letter to your recipient in the back of the middle pocket.

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And that’s it! Smiles.

Don’t forget to come join us in the Faery Ink Facebook Group.  It is such a fun, friendly place to be, and is full of great challenges, inspiration, and Freebies too! Smiles.

The challenges I am entering my Valentine Pocket Letter into are:-

1.  A Gem Of A Challenge – Lots Of Pink Please!

2.  Addicted To CAS – Code Word RED.

3.  Brown Sugar – Anything Goes.

4.  My Time To Craft – Love Is All Around.

5.  Wags N Whiskers – With Love.

Stars In My Eyes.

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope that your week is treating you well.

I’m here today with something very different (well for me anyway!)

I have tried a pocket letter for the very first time, and I have to say that I LOVED it so much! I just know that this could become a new addiction. Smiles.

I’m already working on my second one, which will include a tutorial on adding a background and placing your images digitally, ready for printing.

That one should be with you at the beginning of February when I go live with my DT creation.

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This is my first attempt,  and all in all I am very pleased with it.

This is the front, and as you can see there is a bit of a star theme going on. Smiles.

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And this is the back.

The moon and stars I created myself in my Serif Craft Artist software.

My beautiful blue star background is a very old digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs, whom sadly, is no longer open for business.

The sentiment is from Little Miss Muffet Stamps (as are all of the sentiments on the front.) I just enhanced it a little in my SC software. I added 3D highlights and embossing and it looks like it is shining right off the page. Awesome!

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The idea of a pocket letter (if you don’t know, which I admit I didn’t when I first set out to do this) is to create 9 ATC sized cards which measure 3.5” x 2.5 “.  Tiny! And yes it scared me! Tee hee.

You decorate the front and back, and when it is done, you add little trinkets/keepsakes/craft items/whatever in the back of the pockets. In the middle pocket you add a letter or a note.

I just love this concept! And it was so quick and simple to do.  The longest time was taken colouring my images. But of course, you don’t have to have so many images or sentiments. That was my choice entirely.

Instead you can work with just one image, one or two sentiments, and simply decorate the other card pieces.

Here are my coloured images close up. I will add the Copic colours used of course.

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This gorgeous image is called Polka Dot Pals Starbright and these are the Copic shades I used:-

Skin

Skin.

Blush

Blush.

Hair

Hair.

Blues

Blues.

Golds

Golds.

Pinks

Pinks.

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This fabulous image is called Junior Hatter Twinkle Scene and the Copic shades used are the same as above with the exception of the swing:-

Swing Seat

Swing Seat.

Swing Ropes

Swing Ropes.

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And last, but certainly not least, is this beauty – Jnr Hatter Starlight.  I used the same Copics again, with the exception of the bag full of stars:-

Bag Of Stars

Bag Of Stars.

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All of the awesome sentiments can be found HERE @ Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

This one is already winging it’s way to it’s intended recipient. Smiles.. I feel so excited that she will be so surprised when it lands on her doorstep!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

The challenges I am entering into are:-

1.  Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes/Winter Blues.

2.  Crafting From The Heart – Always Anything Goes.

3.  Craft Your Passion – Always Anything Goes.

4.  Crafty Boots – Something Old Something New. (My old is the digital paper. And my new is the images/sentiments and actual pocket letter design.)

5.  Not Just Cards – Always Anything Goes.

6.  Our Crafty Corner – Always Anything Goes.

7.  Whoopsi Daisy – New To You Challenge.  (The pocket letter design is new to me, as are the images and sentiments.)