This month's creation was TOTALLY inspired by Debbie's "We're Quite the Pair". I absolutely adore how she used her creativity to showcase these socks in a different light. Being that this month is Valentine's I wanted to share how it is that this could be turned into an absolutely darling Valentine image. I think that the words "Sole Mate" or "We're a great pair!" would make the cutest little greeting inside the card or in the lower right corner of this card. Or hey - if you are not being all lovey, dovey you could just put "Love Stinks" on it instead - LOL! Another option being that we are in the prime of cold and flu season would be to use the awesome Lockhart sentiment "get comfy, rest and get better".
I decided to show something a little different this month. Rather than stamping on white or off-white paper I elected to stamp on one of the wonderful textured pattern papers included in this months Stamp of the Month Packet. It is from the Memory Box Enlighten series. The texture in this paper reminded me of the texture you would find in a pair of comfy socks Ü
I stamped the Warm Socks image directly on the patterned paper. I colored the image using the grouping of Copics below. Just adding a hint of Warm Gray around the sock edges helped pop the image off of the background.
Next I created a reverse mask for the sock exposing only the sock on the right.
Then flip your image upside down and using the tip of your Copic Sketch Markers add the heart details.
Sharon has shared the wonderful trick of creating hearts with you on her blog. I will share it with you once again here. This time I would like for you to consider some other shapes you can create using the same type of brush marker position.
The brush tip when lightly "laid down" on your paper leaves a wonderful tear drop shape. When combined in fun ways you can create all sorts of different images - the biggest skill you will need to develop is the ability to place the tip of your marker in the correct position as you consider what it is that you are creating.
This flower was created by layering "tear drops" in a circle. Then repeat a second time, adding a second tear drop slightly off from the first. Complete the flower by adding a yellow dot to the center.
The butterfly is created by placing the tear drops and then adding the body and antennae detail with a multi-liner or the brush-tip of the Black Sketch.
Add random hearts using Copic color G40 to the area at the top of the card front.
To complete the card use a pair of scallop edged scissors and a hole punch or Crop-a-dile to add the eyelet effect to the scalloped edge of the striped paper. Color the silver brads with Copic Marker RV34.
I use a pair of self-closing tweezers to hold my brad in place as I color it. Allow the brad to dry for a few seconds. Adhere the twill to your project and insert brads in place as shown above. At times I need to retouch the tops of the brads with a little more color after I push them in to place.
I hope you enjoy the versatility of this month's Stamp of the Month and I look forward to hearing if you have any other thoughts about what it is that you can create with a tear drop. So put your thinking caps on and see what else you can come up with Ü