Monday, 30 August 2010

Monochrome Magic

Hey all!! :)

Hope you’ve all had a great Bank Holiday Weekend!! I had a very crafty Saturday and Sunday playing with my new LOTV stamps- I so love these and can’t wait to show you the results but first for the card I made last weekend for a friend’s birthday, which I was really pleased with...and happily, so was our friend!! :)

It’s based on a technique by Paula Pascual in last month’s issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft mag, although in this case, instead of using punches for the flowers I used a Dawn Bibby designs stamp set and cut them out.

I took a more sideways-on shot to show the gaps through the flowers better :)

I started by stamping and heat embossing several sizes of the flowers in a Silver Sparkley Powder on Black, White and Silver double-sided pearlescent card. I then had a play around with the arrangement of the flowers on my card blank before deciding how much of the front to cut off. I got the circle shape by drawing round a side plate and then stuck the flowers together by their petal tips with strong d-s tape- it was rather trickier than I expected as the flowers seemed to shift if I so much as looked at them so the arrangement did change quite a bit as I was going along!! :)

The sentiment is one I designed myself in a graphics program- I’ve been having fun playing around with a free download of Serif’s Drawplus Starter program and you’ll be seeing more of these sentiments, I’m sure!! :) I sized it to suit my Nesties and cut a scallop from the same black card as I used for the flowers :) The hatpins are a new acquisition from Craft Emma’s Store, attached with Silicone glue behind the circle and the spotty ribbon is Papermania :)

A couple more close-ups...One of the pearls, which were from Crafty Emma’s at the same time as the hatpins and I love these even more- think I’ve used half the packet already!! :) I added the dotty line around the edge at the last minute with fineliner as it just needed a little something And one of the inside of the card- the dotty paper is some wrapping paper my lovely mum picked up for me in Tesco a while back as she thought I’d like it...and I do- so much that there’s not much left and I’m rather upset about it!!! ;) The greeting is hand-written.

A shot of the whole of the inside and the backs of the flowers, just for interest :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Lexi’s Creations - Emboss It! :) ; Crafts and Me - Petals and Pearls :) ; Wild Orchid Crafts - Make It Sparkle (glittery embossing powder) :) ; Crafty Emma’s Store’s first challenge – Anything Goes :) ; Crafty Cardmakers - Video Inspiration :) ; and Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight – Glitter and Sparkle :)

Well, I’m exhausted and feeling extremely full after a gorgeous roast dinner so shall link these all up and then go and relax in front of the telly before bed, I think!! :) See you soon, I hope, with my LOTV cards!! :) Also, sorry for still being so utterly useless with getting round to leaving comments on all your lovely creations- hopefully I’ll be feeling a bit better and get back into it soon!! :)



Little K Smith said...

Fabulous card Rachel! A great design, love the monochrome look.

Cath Wilson said...

Wow! Gorgeous card. I love black and white and stamped flowers are always a hit, when done well, as these most definitely are. A stunner.

Thank you so much for joining Crafty Cardmakers.

gina g said...

gorgeous card Rachel. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

Val said...

Fabulous card. I love this monochrome look, and the way you have put all the elements together.

Thanks for joining Lexi's Creations this week for Emboss It!.

PS: I have some blog candy available - please pop over.

Lin said...

Rachel your suspension card is gorgeous. It works beautifully in the colour scheme your chose.

Thanks for joining us in our glittery challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

Lin xx

Jane said...

Simply gorgeous XX

coops said...

wow this is stunning rachel.i love how you have done the flowers, looks really effective and the mono colours are fab.

xx coops xx

Tara said...

So pleased you could join in for the first challenge at CES Rachel!
Your card is stunning and the monochrome looks beautiful!
Hugs Tara xx

Milliesmarvels said...

Stunning monochrome card! Thanks so much for joining us for the 1st CES Challenge!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. I love your idea with the flowers 'floating' above the card. And as a computer idiot I'm soooooo impressed with your sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. xx

lalkygirl said...

stunning card ,love the balack /white combo very classy,thanks for joining us at lexi's ,good luck
lalkygirl x

Farida Rone said...

Wonderful card!!!! It is so elegant and gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations and good luck.

Tanya said...

Your card is stunning! I have never seen this technique and am floored with the way it looks!! Thanks for playing with us at Lexi's Creations!

jules said...

another gorgeous creation!!

Vixykins said...

Absolutely gorgeous Rachel, no wonder your friend loved it, very very nicely done!

Thank You for playng @ Crafty Cardmakers x

fionalawlor said...

Beautiful card,i love it!
thanks for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers.
Fiona x


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