With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and a sketch challenge on over at Global Design Project this week, I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s card, but one that could be given to a guy – no flowers, no “feminine” colours, but still expressing love. I think it’s still sweet and lovely (but don’t tell him that … shhhh).
Here’s this week’s sketch. Click on the image to head over and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and entrants, or to submit an entry of your own.
And here’s my interpretation:
Something Old, Something New
I set out to create a card with a bold design and when I was looking through my stamp sets the wavy line and dotted line images from the Sunburst Sayings set made me think of Australian Aboriginal art. So I began with the band across the top layer. I wanted a bold sentiment for the front as well and after searching through my collection decided on the “you & me” image from the Perfect Pennants set. Embossed in clear over Early Espresso it is strong and bold – just perfect!
Non-traditional Valentine Colours
Usually the first colours that spring to mind when you think of Valentine’s cards are red and pink. Well I made a conscious decision to not include red or pink on this card (or flowers either!). I love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Early Espresso and teamed with Sahara Sand I think they work very well.
The wavy lines and dots were carried through in the use of the dotted DSP (from the Neutrals DSP Stack) which I trimmed with the wavy blade on my Stampin’ Trimmer and the dots around the sentiment. These were pierced using the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and then accented with a Stampin’ Chalk marker. A few hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack, backed with Mint Macaron cardstock provided the finishing touch.
Using Layers as a Design Element
Adding layers with differently sized borders can be utilised to add interest without “cluttering” a card with embellishments. Used deliberately here, I wanted to highlight the colours on this card without overwhelming the other elements. I think I succeeded. What do you think?