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Monday 20 January 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more...Challenge 108 - Black and White

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and more... Kim is hosting our challenge.  She has chosen the theme of Black and White.  Black and White will be the only colours allowed, apart from flesh colours for skin and normal hair colours, but no other colours should be visible.

For my card, I have used a plain white 6 x 6 card blank.

My latest toy is the inkadinkadoo gear system, and following a post I saw on the Gentleman Crafter's blog, I thought I would give a go to stamping on parchment using white ink and then embossing with the pergamano tools.  I did several bases, but this one came out best for my purposes today.  

When stamped and dry, I turned it over and embossed some of the flowers on the parchment.  I then cut the parchment base down to fit the black matt layer I had cut for the card.  It's not easy to stick parchment down without the glue showing, so I used some black brads in each corner through both papers to keep it together before sticking the matt black layer to the base card. 
The topper was a crafty individuals stamp - so versatile, I love it - and I stamped it on plain white card using archival ink.  Using Black soot distress ink, I shaded the flowers slightly, and also the edges of the card.  This was then mounted onto black card with a narrow border.  When the ink was dry, I used a Wink of Stella clear brush pen to give the flowers some sparkle.    I stuck the topper into the centre of the parchment base using a sticky pad.

I stamped some flowers onto the parchment using a Dreamees stamp set, and heat embossed the large flower.  The smaller flowers were stamped with White versamagic and black memento for the centres.  All the flowers were cut out and the large one stuck together in a group of 3.  You can't see it clearly, but I overstamped with a small daisy stamp in white onto the petals before sticking it.  The small flowers were cut out and stuck on individually.  I used a small silver gem for the centre of all the flowers.
The sentiment came from a set I recently got when I ordered some tattered lace dies (I think!) and I stamped it onto white, punched it out using a woodware circle punch and edged it with black soot.  I mounted this onto black card, diecut using a round scalloped x cut die.

Finally, I used a tattered lace die to make the embellishment behind the sentiment out of black card.

Sponsors for the challenge this time are:

We are sponsored by
With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line. 

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website www.woodware.co.uk.

The Woodware design team are playing along with the challenge so check out  their blog, which is there for inspiration at www.woodware.co.uk/blog.

Happy Crafting! 

We are also sponsored by 


with a $12 Gift Voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!  


  1. Wow what a stunner !!! so much work went into this beauty i love it. I too have that Inkadink whats a mal call it thingy but I can't get on with it you have inspired me to give it another chance.


  2. Your card is just fabulous. Stamping and dry embossing on vellum or parchment is brilliant isn't it, I need to play with that technique again.
    Thanks for joining in with my challenge.
    hugs Kimx

  3. Super job with the parchment -a very stylish card! Love the effect from my stamping gear, must get it out again. Have you seen the new bar one for stamping in a straight line? Best wishes, Cindy x