Looove cards for my husband – Feb. 2, 2017

Yes, I know, it’s disgusting, the sappy. But he’s great, and I’m a designer, so it was inevitable.

Below is a selection of the holiday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years.

Red handmade paper wrapper, 5.5″ x 5.5″, containing folded origami paper—silver- and gold-speckled cream outside, red inside—which opens to reveal white card with demon skeleton cat with red heart in thought bubble. Tiny text reads, “meow! happy valentine’s day 2020 to richard from nicola.”

And after our cat “Aces” got hold of it. Dammit, Aces.


5″ x 7″ card with diecut: “Not a creature was stirring, not even a… / LA! LA! LA! / Oh noes! Aces & Eights want snacks! / Happy Christmas anyway?” Design, text, image manipulation, production.

Bound booklet, 5″ x 7″: “Bunny loves you very much. / Bunny would kill for you. / Oops! Bunny already has. / Will you help Bunny buya shovel and a flashlight? / You will?Bunny says Thank You! / (And wishes you a veryHappy Anniverserary).” Design, text, production.

Bunnies don’t know how to spell “anniversary.”

Folded origami Valentine: each heart encloses a smaller heart until you get to the accordion-folded middle with a special secret message.

The Victorians popularized the “cobweb” valentine of intricately cut paper. I began making this one-of-a-kind 21st century version by creating the red heart with its Valentine’s Day message, adhering it to light cardboard for stiffness. Topping that is gold paper which I had cut into a pattern of nesting half-hearts; I finished by adding a ribbon. Pulling up on the ribbon unfurls the gold heart to reveal the message.

Accordion card: "I love you / all the way / to my bones."
Accordion card: “I love you / all the way / to my bones.”

Accordion card, 5″ x 7″. Design, text, image manipulation, production. Vintage anatomical diagrams.

This “steampunk” bunny, a birthday gift, started as one of internationally famous artist Frank Kozik‘s plain white plastic “Smorkin’ Labbits.” I sprayed a fine film of adhesive onto the bunny, then overlaid silver leaf. I “antiqued” the silver with a wash of black acrylic paint and topped it with a layer of clear acrylic sealant, then added the mismatched screws and replaced his removable smile. 

Fold-out card: "Bourbon is nice / Chocolates are too / But all I want for Christmas / Is you. / Happy Christmas, Sweetie!"
Fold-out card: “bourbon is nice / chocolates are too / but all I want for christmas / is you. / happy christmas sweetie!”

 Fold-out card, 5″ x 5″. Design, text, photography, production.

Accordion card: 'Everything the bunnies say is true / in all the world the one I choose is you / You're the star I've hitched my wagon to / And all my kittens are belong to you. Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetie!"
Teeny bound booklet: ‘everything the bunnies say is true / in all the world, the one I choose is you / you’re the star I’ve hitched my wagon to / and all my kittens are belong to you / happy valentine’s day sweetie!”

Bound booklet, 3″ x 2″. Design, text, illustration, production.

Bound booklet: "Kitties are red / Bunnies are blue / My best present / Is always you."
Bound booklet: “kitties are red / bunnies are blue / my best present / is always you.”

Bound booklet, 5″ x 7″. Design, text, illustration, production.