A couple of weeks ago I was out to lunch with a dear friend who was in town for the day on business. As we were catching each other up on our lives, she described a most awkward situation she had recently experienced. I will not share the details because it isn’t my story, but it did make us laugh about those moments when you have to channel some serious grace and restraint to make it through a situation without becoming a hot mess.
I am not normally one for restraint. I share my feelings openly. A request to “just calm down” usually results in me unleashing a whirlwind of expletives and a lengthy explanation of why I will not, “just calm down.” That said, there are those occasional times when I try to behave like an adult and inhale some strength and exhale some grace and calm.
As my friend told her tale and I uttered phrases like “shut your face,” we talked about the times when you call upon the women of the past to provide a bit (or a heap) of strength. I said, “You were like Audrey Hepburn.” She said, “I was Doris Day…and maybe Jackie O.” Women who exuded grace. Women who appeared calm and strong in the face of a challenge. Women who could put up a good front.
After our lunch I came home and made this print. The Audrey, Doris, Katharine & Jackie Print is now all yours.
It will be my 2017 Valentine Day card for all the ladies in my life. I’m not going into this year quietly, but I’m pretty sure I’ll need all the help I can get to keep from losing my mind completely. I’m sharing a downloadable PDF with you so you can spread the love and strength. This prints out in black and white as a 4×6 image.
I actually took the print one step further and added foil to the lettering with a little machine called the Minc. The Minc in basically a laminator that acts as a foil applicator. There are about a million different colors of foil you can get and it is a fun little tool to have on hand. My version is the Minc Mini which works with papers that are no more than 6 inches wide so it was perfect for this job.
You can buy specific cards and prints to use with the Minc, but if you want to design your own image there are some tricks to know. First, your image needs to be printed out on a laser printer, preferably a monochrome printer. There is a difference in the way the black and white image is printed in a monochrome laser printer as compared to a color laser printer that makes the foil stick better. Second, have your image printed on 80lb glossy cover stock. It is the most similar paper to what the Minc product line uses so the foil sticks well to it.
1. To use the Minc, plug it in and set the heat to a level that matches the paper you are using. For the 80lb gloss cover stock, I set the heat to 2.
2. Once the Minc is preheated, the light will turn from red to green and you are good to go.
3. Cut out a piece of foil to cover the printed area of the card.
4. Place the card and foil into the protective laminator sheet that comes with the Minc and run it through the machine. I actually ran my card through twice. I could have increased the heat level, but I didn’t want the foil to get all wrinkly. Running it through twice worked perfectly.
5. Next, open the laminator pouch and peel back the foil.
6. Once the foil has been peeled away, your cards are ready to go!