Simply Swap It – February 2024

Let’s sketch some love this month. I found this month’s sketch on Pinterest (where else), and it appears to have originally been from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. This month my theme is love (what else could it be for February), and my style is “single color.’

I chose pink as my single color. I started with a light pink card base. I used two darker shades of pink for my strip elements and then patterned paper for the rectangle and “circle” elements.

For my strip elements, I used’s Stitched Borders dies. These dies cut the strip and emboss an element down the center of the strip. I thought that the added texture from the embossing would add a little something. I made it a little easier on myself by taping all five of the dies together and ran them through at once.

The strip dies are 8 1/2″ long so I cut them in half to make my strips. I’m not so good at math, so I ended up running it through more times than I needed and now have quite a few extra pink strips. I’m sure I’ll come up with some way to use them.

For the rectangle and “circle” elements, I dug through my paper closet and found Lawn Fawn’s All the Dots Collection Pack. This is 12×12, double-sided paper so I can easily get a dozen of each element out of the 2 pink pages in the pack.

Rather than using a circle as the sketch shows, I used a heart since this is a Valentine card. I die cut a scalloped heart using Unity Stamp Company’s Dashes and Frills Hearts set.

As I was laying the card out, I decided that my pink background was just way too boring. So I pulled out my Criss Cross Hearts background stamp from Unity Stamp Company and stamped it in Catherine Pooler Pink Champagne ink to add a little interest to the card base.

Inside the card, I used a sweet sentiment from Unity Stamp Company’s “No Remedy for Love” sentiment kit from January 2015.

The label-type sentiment on the front is from Unity Stamp Company’s “Wooden Heart” set by Graciellie Designs. Both the inside and the label-type sentiment were stamped in VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink.

I love the way this came together. Hope you enjoyed seeing my process.

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