Sunday, 20 January 2013

Jane Austen Valentines... Free Printables



It is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice... much deserved hoopla in the media. I sheepishly admit that I have not read Pride and Prejudice (it's on my Kindle!...) - but I have read and enjoyed all the other novels, so I can enthusiastically join in the celebration. So... here are some Valentines inspired by Jane Austen... and Regency style. 

There are free downloads for the Valentine Embroidery Hoops and for the sentiments. The font is... Jane Austen (which is available free from Dafont.com). Here are the printables:

ValentineSentiments&Tags.pdf 
EmbroideryHoopValentinePrintables.pdf
EmbroideryHoopCuttingGuides.pdf 

I have given you three files: one for the embroidery hoops, one for the sentiments, and one file with trace-around guides for cutting around the hoops. You don't really need the last file if you have a steady cutting hand - but it is there if you want it.

The flowers are made with Tonic Studios Petal Pairs punches:
The punch in the centre - with the heart-shaped petals - is from Petal Pairs Box Set 4 (883e)... ideal for making Valentines! The punch on the left is from Petal Pairs Box Set 5 (884e). And the punch on the right, which I used for the leaves, is from Petal Pairs Box Set 3 (882e). To give the flowers - and the embroidery hoops some lift, I used 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives.

The embroidery hoops are backed with doilies cut using Tonic Studios Simplicity dies: Daisy Circle Die (Item 229e) and  Daisy Square Die (Item 230e).

The little buds are made with the Petal Pairs heart-shaped petals punch. Fold each petal to the centre, then tuck them in consecutively... tucking the last one under. I shaped the flowers on a foam mat using a tool. 

The gingham and striped backing papers have a Regency look. They are from Craft Creations. The ribbons are from Craft Fairy.

I'm not giving specific how-tos for the Valentines. Do it your way using the printables, punches, and dies. I'm sure your Mr. Darcy will be delighted to receive your handcrafted Valentine!

Thanks to Leah, for taking the pics.