Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Drama of Black

So, I seem to be in a bit of a black kick right now.  It doesn't happen often, but there are times I'm drawn to the drama that black provides in it's contrast to other colors.  It really anchors a design and sharpens it too.  As I was looking in my designer papers for this card I was drawn to my Capella pack from Basic Grey with all it's pretty and elegant patterns ...and all this black.

The There She Goes Challenge this week is about using embossing with ink and embossing powders.  So, I pulled out some black on black to emboss and the lovely Garden of Friends set from TSG.  I really love this stamp company and had the best time designing for them the last few months.

After embossing the Hydrangea blooms onto the black cardstock, I then embossed the hydrangea and leaves again on watercolor paper and then watercolored with my Stampin' Write Markers, cutting them out and then popping them up on a Lacey Circle Nestie, where I had curved the sentiment to round the circle.  This is also the Mojo Sketch for the week.

Here's a little closeup....can you see the black on black embossing?

A little taffeta bow in this pretty Mossy green and some beautiful Prima Say it in Pearls because they matched so nicely and it's complete!

Stamps:  TSG - Garden of Friends;  Ink:  VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Basic Grey Capella DP, Watercolor paper;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Stampin' Write Markers, waterbrush, Dimensionals, Say it With Pearls Swirls, Black Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon.


Marisa said...

Looky at you emboss away :) Gorgeous card!!

Linda Carson said...

Oooooo quite lovely!

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful, Christine! I just love the black and green together, and your design with the sketch is so lovely to look at!

Patrice H said...

Wow that is a gorgeous card. Just lovely!

Grace said...

Oh Christine this is so gorgeous!!! You used some of my favorite dp and I just love your technique for the hydrangea! LOTS of cutting but oh so worth it! I'd put this in a frame! Your pearls are stunning and I really can't take my eyes off it!!! Hope all is well with you and yours!

Jerri Jimenez said...

This is absolutely stunning Christine! The colors are gorgeous!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, love that green and matched with the black it just pops, I don't ever think I have embossed black on black but I love that look!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This just POPS girlie! SO elegant...LOVE this!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Wow, Christine that is some AMAZING drama!! I absolutely love this card...so elegant!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine, what a beautiful and elegant card.
love the pearls and paper.
great details.

greetings karin

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

what a sweet card!
Thanks for sharing
i became your follower :-)

Stampvanwinkle said...

Oh Christine,
This is just gorgeous!!! I love all of the embellishments. Wonderful work sweetie.

Hugs and Blessings,


Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

This is gorgeous, Christine!

Congrats on the Cardmaker cover -- woowhoo! It's a beauty, and you're on the cover!! Love it!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow!! The embossed black really makes a statement and makes everything pop! Gorgeous Christine!

Beate said...

Christine, that's simply beautiful! The black on black embossing, the beautiful colored flower and that amazing swirl.
Hugs and smiles

Linda Carson said...

Congratulations Christine on becoming a cover girl!! That's soooooooooo exciting! Your card is gorgeous!

Denise Marzec said...

Wowwwwww, stunning!

Rose Ann said...

This is so strikingly beautiful, Christine!! I love that shade of green with the black, and your pearl accents are so pretty as well!!