Saturday, January 11, 2014

Simon Says Stamp -- January Card Kit Card 1

I signed up for the monthly card kit in December, and I made several cards with it. Unfortunately, in the busy busy busy Christmas season, I didn't get a chance to snap a picture before they were sent off.

I did, however, finally get my camera's battery charged and I managed to get a picture of the card I made with January's kit (which is sold out! Phew, I'm so glad I signed up for the subscription).

One of the things I wanted to challenge myself with while making this card was to use colors that aren't traditionally associated with Valentine's -- in this case, the ochre yellow and grey. And it made perfect sense with the little story I came up with as an inspiration for this card.

This card started out with the tickets. When I saw those tickets, the first thing that sprung to mind was an image of a shy boy asking a girl to be his valentine for the first time. I cut the yellow polkadot paper to look like a little pocket. I folded the side and bottom edges at 1/16th of an inch, which raised the pocket off the page a bit and gave me room to tuck in the Valentine tickets.

I used a black pen to draw in the stitching around the pocket and added a grey button to tie it in with the striped background. I drew more stitched lines in white gel pen, then stamped 2 stitched columns in saffron yellow ink.

Lastly, I stamped a little red heart with Memento Luxe Love Letter and drew stitch lines around it.

The sentiment is at the very bottom, small and shy (just like the boy is). I added a touch of red watercolor for emphasis.

And voila! A simple card that can be created again, and a secret sweet story to go along it.


  1. Clever idea. I saw the pocket from your post and it inspired me. Thanks!