Starcrossed Love

I’m on a roll today! I was looking at Shelli’s blog this evening (Shelli Gardner is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! and her current So Shelli Creative Challenge is a Valentine’s project. I’ve only discovered her blog recently, and it’s the first time I’ve tried one of the challenges. I’m wondering if I’m being a bit presumptuous posting mine at all, seeing I only joined Stampin’ Up! in November! Oh well, you’ve got to start somewhere I suppose.

Hmmm, a Valentine’s card, and I only have one teeny tiny heart stamp. After pondering for a bit, this is what I came up with – a cute little ‘starcrossed’ couple in the moonlight.

First I stamped the image in black Stazon, using the little hedgehog and butterfly stamp from Fun and Fast Notes, and cut a circle of scrap paper that completely covered them. Then I sponged Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, and Night of Navy over the top of the circle, overlapping the colours so they blended. I ripped some ‘hill’ shapes from another piece of scrap paper, and used the negative to sponge the ground in Old Olive and Always Artichoke, then sponged some more Night of Navy over the top to make the ground look shadowy.

I watercoloured the cute couple in Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Regal Rose and Rose Red inks. The heart stamp, as mentioned above, the only one I have, is taken from the Big Bold Birthday set – it’s also stamped in Rose Red. I dotted the night sky with stars, using a white gel pen (observant Aussies out there will notice the Southern Cross in the right hand corner). The picture is matted on Whisper White, with the edges sponged in Night of Navy, and then the card itself is Night of Navy. A little ‘love knot’ of Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon completes it.

On the inside of the card (sorry you can’t see it) I’ve sponged the edges of a square of Whisper White card with Night of Navy, and stamped the ‘xoxoxo’ stamp from Basic Phrases in Night of Navy. I think I should change the name of this blog to ‘Inky Fingers’ – my hands are absolutely covered in ink! LOL!

I’m quite pleased with it, and I think it conveys a ‘valentine’ message without being all pink and flowery. I know we’re not as big on Valentine’s Day in Australia, but I don’t think you need a special day to share a card or note with someone to let them know they have a special place in your heart.




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