Saturday, February 25, 2012

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Thanks to ongoing IVF, things are a little tight here in the Pommer household. Having spoilt each other at Christmas, Adam and I decided it was unnecessary to buy Valentine's presents or flowers. Not that we are usually big believers in the day, but in the last few years before our wedding, we chose to make sure we did something nice together around Valentine's Day. Even though we had been together since I was 20, we never really had an anniversary, and hence figured that Valentine's was a good reminder to celebrate our relationship each year.
We now have a wedding anniversary to celebrate, but with both of us being true romantics, we couldn't let Valentine's pass us by completely unnoticed, and decided to save our pennies and DIY a Valentine's card to each other.
Yes, Adam gave me a picture of Batman running with a big heart behind him. We are both big Batman fans, so it was totally appropriate and awesome. I love the wooosh with the 'o's' as love hearts. Such a shame that the printer ran out of ink half-way through. I could have framed it and put it on the white brick wall. I always wanted to be Catwoman, and as a tween would fantasise about telling the bullies on the bus that if they wanted to fight - to meet me at the park, where I would then miraculously appear dressed as Catwoman looking hot and being capable of taking them down single handed. Whilst that dream never came to fruition, when visiting the Tim Burton exhibition in Melbourne with my friend Chloe, we actually got to see the real Catwoman costume that was warn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns. It was tiny... but awesome. Later that year I got to fulfil one half of my dream. No, I didn't beat up any bullies...but I did get to dress up as Catwoman for my friend Caitlin's Superheroes and Villans Birthday Party. Can't say I looked hot though, a neck to knee lycra body suit is not the most flattering attire, but hell - I went with it anyways. Being that I lived interstate however, I drove for one and a half hours dressed as Catwoman to get to the party. Lucky I'm a Nana driver and wasn't pulled over!
What you will need:
White A4 cardboard folded in half
Alphabet Stamps
Stamping Ink
Inspiration for words
A whole lotta love

Kristy's Hot Tips:
My rubber stamps are a Christmas present from my wonderful mother, who bought them and a selection of ink colours from the fabulous stationary store Kikki-k.
The wooden box is full of metal alphabet and number stamps. Technically they are made for hammering letters into things, but I wanted to utilise them to stamp fine little ink letters in my card.
I went looking through my Pinterest Gifting and White Brick Wall pinboards for wording pinspiration. I knew I had pinned a bunch of lovey-dovey quotes for just this type of occasion.
Baby-wipes are an easy way to clean the stamps after they have been used, so you don't accidentally mix colours.
Stamping is not as easy as you would think. I recommend practising it on a piece of scrap paper first to get to know how much ink is needed, how firmly you have to push and the spacing you need on the card... otherwise like me, you'll end up witha slightly dodgy 'A'. But hey, I was in a rush... Adam was on his way home and I had to get it done.

Hold your hand
Laugh at your jokes
Walk by your side
Snuggle on the couch
Look into your eyes
Talk about whatever
Kiss your lips

I popped it on the bed for Adam to find when he came home from a hard day's work. Probably not the smartest move as it was mid-afternoon, and there was no need for him to go to the bedroom. After a while, I very unsubtly told him to go have a look at the bed.

Yay for love!

Happy Stamping!