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Sunday, 23 May 2010
Black and white
Goodness time flies - well and truly time to update! There has been a crop and a weekend away in between my last post and this one, but heaven only knows what else has kept me so busy I haven't posted ....
I know black and white is so popular .. but sometimes I find it hard to use! The contrast is so harsh, and sometimes I am aiming for a softer look. I had accumulated a deal of black and white patterned paper scraps after making my mother in law a black and white birthday book for Christmas, so I wanted to use them up ....
Scraps of the black and white patterned paper are from a paper pad by Imaginisce - a lot of geometric patterns in this paper pad. I felt the card above was desperate for a touch of colour. The journalling spot is American Crafts - my friend gave me this pack the Christmas before, and I haven't been able to use it in my scrapbooking, so I started to break into it for cards. Black stickles and a glittery peel off added a touch of bling ....
With this handmade paper, I just glossy-accented the silver stitching on the cut edges of the paper to stop it fraying. Another American Crafts journalling spot, and a glittery doodlebug button tied the silver in to the black and white.
I think the card above was less successful, but it demonstrates that you can use scraps relatively effectively by keeping to a colour theme. This time, I used the leftover frame from one of those journalling spots, a couple of peeloffs, scraps of handmade paper and a wee bit of lace.
I would find the paper above very hard to use, but in a small area with the pattern broken up, this is one of my favourites! Just some flowery black and white peel-offs complete it, with a bit of organza ribbon down the side.
I think the above card looks quite Victorian! Maybe it's the vertical stripe which reminds me of wallpaper. I stamped the frame with white stazon and the swirl was cut from the Cricut machine. Very suitable for a masculine birthday.
Last card for this evening - same paper, slightly different treatment.
A different frame, together with a flower, give a less formal feel. Well, all those cards went off for charity a while ago - so hopefully by now, they've all sold!
I am in the process of making more, but my next post will be about scrapbooking, I promise!
I love papercrafting! More specifically - scrapbooking, cardmaking, off the page projects and everything in between. I particularly love preserving memories and creating presents for people that are both beautiful AND practical!