The designer of the pattern is Isobel Argante of The Primitive Hare. (You really need to take a look at her blog to see the gorgeous patterns that she designs.)
Okay so I finished the stitching......now I had to finish it into a "postcard". There was a lot of time involved in cross-stitching the piece and that made me a little nervous about the finishing process. What if I messed up? So I did what I usually do when it comes to finishing a project.....I procrastinated. The cross-stitch was finished in October and just last week I finally got my nerve up to finish the project. I prepared myself by reviewing a few websites dedicated to finishing techniques.
My first step was to cut out the front and back of the stitched "postcard".
Each of the pieces have a backstitched border. The backsides of the above pieces were matched up with wrong sides facing each other. I aligned the backstitches from the two pieces and connected them using a whip stitch. Not sure what a whip stitch is? I slipped my needle upward, under the backstitch on the bottom piece, then under the backstitch on the top piece....."whipping" them together. After whip stitching two sides, I inserted a piece of mounting board covered with thin batting on each side of the mounting board. Then I continued whip stitching around the two remaining sides.
After all four sides had been whip stitched, the project was finally done! I breathed a sign of relief.
And yes, I do have photos of the finished Valentine Postcard.