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.


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

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!