Hello friends! Happy Friday to you all, I hope you are doing well.
Today I have the honour of being asked to Guest Design for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge. The theme is “Black and White with a Splash of Colour”. The challenge runs for two weeks and there are prizes up for grabs so make sure you enter! I have linked to the challenge and rules above.
Now you would think this would be an easy theme wouldn’t you? But boy was this hard! It resulted in a 30 minute discussion (in two stages… pre and post card) with my other half as to what constitutes a “splash” of colour. His view was that it should be like the little girl in “Schindler’s List” that wears the red coat against the black and white background. Well I am not sure I quite achieved that as my splashes grew a bit, but hey, it’s all about interpretation!
Here is my first card.
I won’t go into lengthy details on how I made the card as this post will be very long and you won’t thank me for that. It involved a lot of stamping, some masking and a bit of courage when it came to the spatters of black and green. You know how it is, you always think you are going to totally ruin the card at this point! I love this bright citrus green and I thought it would pop perfectly against black and white.
My second card is a Christmas card – and why not, it’s July!
I used the extra large dots stencil to heat emboss clear ink onto black cardstock for some interest to the overall card panel. I then die-cut the circle, traced the circular opening onto the base and stamped the image in the center. Again, there was masking, which I don’t like doing much, particularly when I realised that I wouldn’t even be colouring the leaves in as it would have been an extra colour which I am not allowed!
I coloured the image with Copics, added a healthy dose of Wink of Stella to the petals and some sequins to add a little more sparkle as it’s Christmas after all. Lastly I stamped the sentiment onto a thin strip of white card and adhered it to the panel. It’s very sparkly in real life but hard to photograph, and you get a lovely shine on the embossed dots.
So, that finishes my two cards. I would love to see what you come up with if you play along. I link again to the challenge – you need a Flickr account to participate and your creations must contain a Simon Says Stamp Die, Stamp or Stencil, but please read all the rules fully via the link.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my cards. As always, I welcome any comments and feedback on my cards. I wish you all a happy weekend and hopefully a little crafting time to yourselves.
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Poinsettia, Simon Says Stamp An Arctic Christmas
Stencils: Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles
Inks: Ranger Adirondack Brights (Citrus), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Colouring: Copic Sketch Markers, R89, R29, R24, R22
Other: Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper, MISTI, White Gelly Roll Pen, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder