I am trying to make several Valentine's and love-themed cards for Operation Write Home this month, and I've been challenging myself to use colors other than the traditional red/pink/white combinations. This card uses navy blue and white, although in the picture the navy blue looks more like black. I used a very special stamp for the sentiment on this card. It's a stamp I used for my wedding several years ago, and it is still one of my favorite stamps. I like to use it for weddings as well as love cards, and I'm happy to have a reason to ink it up again!
I had to get a little crafty to get the patterned paper to work just right. I really wanted the navy blue stars to border my sentiment, but when I placed the panel on the paper it just didn't fit right (the light-colored stars were bordering on one side instead). So I cut the patterned paper panel and rearranged it to fit behind my sentiment panel, then adhered my sentiment panel with dimensionals so you cannot see the "missing" patterned paper behind it. Because I used thin dimensionals (1/16"), the sentiment panel is close enough to the card base to completely disguise the missing patterned paper behind it. Easy fix!
I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy on white card stock, but the white was just too stark against the background, so I sponged Not Quite Navy chalk over that piece. I like it much better that way. I added white and Night of Navy card stock layers behind the sentiment to really help it stand out. I considered adding embellishments but felt that if I left it as is, it could be used for a man or a woman.