Sunday, March 13, 2011

Black and White

There aren't many things good about being home sick.  I hated missing church today, but I decided to use the unexpected time to make some cards for Operation Write Home.  I looked at my stash of paper, and there's a ream of white glossy cardstock which I rarely use anymore.  So I decided to challenge myself and see what I could do with it.  The results are black and white...with a pop of color.  At the bottom is the card for this week's OWH Sketch Challenge #60.

These stamps are so old, I don't even know where I got them.  The heart accent is much more red up close and personal.
These stamps are all from CTMH, but the calendar one has been retired for years.  I stamped the "I miss you" on the ribbon.  Love how small that sentiment is!  The black ribbon was actually wrapped around the calendar and over the clock so the ends are tucked behind.  I then lay the white ribbon over top loose, and using a small piece of more black ribbon, tied the knot over the top so I could move it where I wanted.
I also secured the white ribbon with a small dot of adhesive to ensure it stays put.  No use spending that much time and energy if it's just going to come out.

I played around with stamping more things on the clock face, but by the time I added the heart jewel, there wasn't enough room and it looked too crowded.

These are also old CTMH, but I love them.  The corner is actually a border called "Poetry in Motion."  I just stamped it at an angle.

Since the rose is stamped on glossy, and I was too impatient to let it dry before coloring, I simply sponged it with a small dauber.  After cutting it out, I hit the edges with an extra bit of daubing to make sure my edge was outlined well.

And now for the challenge card...

This was one of those happy accidents.  I used another old CTMH stamp, but to make sure the image stayed true, I secured my nine 1" pieces of white glossy to matte black first.  Then I stamped.  If you look really, really closely, you might see where the image hits the black.  To stay with the heart jewel theme, I tried putting one on this, but it just didn't go.  By that time, the red ribbon was already tucked behind the nine patch.  Hmmm, what to do.  I decided a bow was too much, so I simply tied a knot and wrapped the image again, tucking the ends behind the black matte.  I then lined up my top red ribbon with the bottom one, and voila...happy accident.

It's after lunch or just before -- depending on whether you go by the newly sprung forward clock or my internal body clock.  Either way, the tummy is rumbling.

Until next time,


  1. Your cards are all lovely, each and every one so beautifully detailed!

  2. I love the black & white! Happy accidents are some of the best moments. :) Gorgeous!

  3. All very elegant! And your big nine-square flower is beautiful - great idea for how you stamped it.

  4. All of your cards turned out great. The color combo is terrific.

  5. Really pretty cards, Becca. And I love the "happy accident!" Thanks for joining us in this week's OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge.

  6. Great cards! I love the way you did the challenge grid - those pesky squares are really hard to get completely even, aren't they?

  7. ohhhh... they are all so pretty.
    thanks for sharing ~ Pam

  8. Very nice cards. I like the strong contrats of the black-and-white in these cards with just a "pop" of color.

  9. Very beautiful cards! Love the black and white with the splash of red. TFS!


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