Thursday, April 30, 2009

white roses for a black challenge

Hmmm... does that sound a bit rebellious? Actually, today's ways to use it challenge on SCS was to use black on your card. And what works with black -- well, white, of course.

Today, I went to my sister's, so we could stamp together. Since I wanted to put dinner in the slow cooker before I left, I was running a bit behind schedule and I also couldn't figure out what stamps to take with me, so I left the ones in the bag that I had used in class on Tuesday and threw in a couple more, plus some black and white card stock. Whatever else was in the bag went along as well. I didn't even think about needing anything to color images with.

I was going to use a completely different stamp set. I stamped the main image and a background -- didn't like the background, so I flipped over the card stock and stamped a new one, which I really liked, but now the image and background really didn't 'go' together. So I grabbed the rose from fifth avenue floral and stamped it twice and cut them out. I liked the roses with the background, and chose to leave them white, since I didn't have my coloring tools along, but I needed something behind the roses to separate them from the mostly white backgound. Since my goal was using black on my card, I decided to somehow use black here. An oval seemed like a good idea, so I used my sister's coluzzle to cut an oval.

Now I really didn't want just a black and white card. I wanted at least a little bit of bright color and I love red with black and white. But, alas, I did not have any red card stock with me and my sister only had some that was much more burgundy - not the color I was looking for. So my next choice was ribbon. I wanted wider and was going to put it straight across the card, but had to use what she had, which was some shimmery bright red 1/4" ribbon, so I decided to lay two pieces side by side. As I was playing around with it, I realized that I liked at on the diagonal, so that's where it ended up.

I glued everything down and then realized that I needed just a little bit more red. Unless I wanted to peel the card apart, it was too late for brads or eyelets, so I decided to make some fake brads. I first tried punching through the ribbon with a crop-a-dile, but it wouldn't work, so I just glued a small strip of ribbon onto some black card stock and then the crop-a-dile went through just fine and I had some pretty glittery faux brads.

What's in it?
stamps: fifth avenue floral, pocket silhouettes (SU)
ink: jet black stazon
paper: whisper white, basic black
other: scallop border punch, ribbon, crop-a-dile, coluzzle, foam tape

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed.

4 comments:

chelemom said...

This is gorgeous! Love the black and white with a wee bit of red! IT really pops!

Starla said...

You always amaze me how you come up with embellishements that are not straight out of a box!! I really like the look of these roses in all white...hmmmm....might have to give that set another look and see if it makes it to my house!

Mima said...

Hola Melody,
I am a first time visiter, and I was drown by your title white roses for a black challenge. I love to work with black paper. Your card is just lovely. I have never worked with black and white, and its so striking. Your cards are just awesome. I am not a stamper, but I love lots of the results that I see with stamping. I can't seem to stamp without getting doubles or a dark enough image to suit my liking. I have made a mother's day card with a black background. If you have the time to stop by and see it I would be grateful. I will be back to spend more time. I got here from Extreme cards and papercrafting, I love pop-ups and I am amazed with the work that is produced at this website. TFS and GB, Mima
http://mima328.blogspot.com

Susan (rainy) said...

The touches of red that you added are perfect, Melody. Your card is beautiful. And I am jealous. How fun it must be to be able to visit and stamp with your sister!