A bit late with this one today! As always I managed to get carried away with a text design. But here's a bit of a step-by-step of the process - I remembered to take photographs this time.
First step: Draw something very roughly into my Moleskine squared Journal. Fiddle with it tons till I decide that perhaps I like it enough to ink it in.
Inked in! But I don't like the pink I picked, it turned out far too dark. Never mind, I can fix that in photoshop ... So next, let's scan it in.
My housemate/business partner suggested that I pierce the heart with the arrow. Turned out to be a great idea, thank you Za! Now, to clean it up and smoothen out those rough edges. I love doing this in Photoshop, it takes longer than on Illustrator I know, but there's something quite therapeutic about it. And I think it retains more of the handwritten feel. It is, however, the reason that this post is far later than it should be!
Here it is, all spruced up and with a red heart. Notice that I moved the "is" to the left, it felt more balanced that way. I normally like to fiddle around and go through tons of colour combinations before picking a few, but as the clock was ticking, I decided to choose two of Pantone's colours for spring, Dusk Blue and Tangerine.
I'm not too sure about the colours yet, what do you think? I may have to experiment a bit more with them tomorrow, and perhaps I'll have just enough time to squeeze it into the stores for Valentine's Day shoppers. Phew, cheers.