March 26, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #45 and a photo share


Hello, friends!  It's been a few weeks since I had a chance to play along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, so I took the opportunity this afternoon to put some ideas to paper.

This week's challenge is to use pastels along with black.  It just so happens that I love the look of aqua, black, and white, so that's where I went with my card.


Not sure if this totally qualifies as clean and simple, since it's a little more technique-y than what I usually do, but I had a lot of fun making it.

First, I stamped the tulip image from Annabelle Stamps Garden Silhouettes several times in Versamark ink onto white cardstock, then heat embossed the images in white.

To create a watercolor effect, I rubbed my Pool Party ink pad directly onto a piece of clear plastic (saved from stamp packaging), spritzed it with water, and used a paintbrush to apply the ink all over the cardstock panel.

Next, I inked up the text background with the Pool Party ink pad and stamped it over the entire panel.  I used a soft cloth to rub the excess ink off of the embossed flowers.

The sentiment is from an A Muse set, Hand Scripted, and I just adore the font, so you'll be seeing it a lot.  And even though these are cling rubber stamps, the labels are already aligned perfectly so you can tell exactly where they'll stamp.  I didn't even need my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get my sentiment lined up perfectly.

The stamped panel was debossed with PTI's Linen & Canvas plate for some subtle texture, then wrapped with black satin ribbon at the top.  A black mat with a scalloped border at the bottom and a sprinkling of gems to highlight the sentiment are the finishing touches.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (True Black, White)
Stamps:  Annabelle Stamps (Garden Silhouettes), A Muse Studio (Hand Scripted), Papertrey Ink (Background Basics:  Text Style)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Pool Party), Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate), EK Success (border punch)
Accessories:  Filigree (white embossing powder), Michaels (ribbon, rhinestones)

Are you still with me?  Great!  I promised to share a photo from the Paper Smooches card class I attended on Friday night:


What a treat to meet Kim Hughes and Karolyn Loncon for this fantastic class!  Plus I got to spend some time with my sweet stamping friends Jessica and Suzanne.  Don't we look happy?

Thanks so much for visiting!  See you soon for a new ColourQ challenge!

28 comments:

Suzanne said...

Christina! I love it! Perfection! The aqua looks great with the black and white, and the heat embossing of that image is amazing. I had such a great time at the class with you! Hope you enjoyed the rest of the weekend. :)

Lynn said...

You do look happy! I bet the class was a blast. Your card is gorgeous! Love the text background.

Marisa said...

Great card, Christina! Love the turquoise and black together and the silhouetted flowers are fabulous. So glad you had fun at the class too :)

Linda Beeson said...

The colors you picked for your card are just plain wonderful!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Such a bold and beautiful card!

I wish I had known about that class....I totally would have gone! Where was it being held?

Lyndal said...

Love, love, love it Christina - gorgeous colours, stamping, ribbon & love the little gems too! Wishing I could have joined you at that card class - would have been a blast :)

Karen B. said...

You look like you had a great time. What a beautiful card, so soft and pretty! Thanks too for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Noelle said...

This is so pretty, Christina!! and how fun your PS class must have been, they have such cute stamps. Hope you are having a wonderful week, my friend! **hugs**

xiumaiyuki said...

*sigh* simply breathtaking! The silhouettes look so beautiful in white against that text bkground.

So jealous of your PS class. I could tell you all had a fab time!

Virginia L. said...

First of all--SWOON! Thanks for sharing how you made this gorgeous card! And lastly, how AWESOME that you took a PS class from the one and only K. Hughes and our girl Fridays Karolyn!!? Wow, so happy for you all. Love this happy post, Christina!

Marion said...

Simply stunning! Love everything about it!

Meadie said...

Your card is GORGEOUS! I love the aqua with the white flowers, hugs x x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Christina, your card is a stunner. The aqua, black and white are just beautiful. I love the embossing, the placement of the sentiment and your three little blingy finishing touches. There's nothing like crafting with friends! You must have had a marvelous time!

Nancy said...

Another gorgeous card Christina, love the color combo and thanks for such great tips & details.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Perfect!

Susan said...

Wow!! This card is sensational!!

How lucky are you to get together with all of those great ladies!!

Debbie Carriere said...

Christina, this is a STUNNER!!!! Absolutely perfect in every way from the colors, the layout, the stamping! Just beautiful!! Looks like you ladies had a blast!!!

Marybeth said...

Love your pretty card with the black. Black can sure make a card look elegant.
What a sweet picture, you girls all looks so beautiful! Sounds like it was a fun class!

Michele Gross said...

I'm so jealous that Kim and Karolyn got to hang out with you :) I'm having lunch with them on Saturday-Yay! Your card (as always) is fantastic!! I love the color combo and all the wonderful details. It's always a pleasure to have you play along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Aimes said...

What a fab, happy pic! What fun you must have had!
Lovin' your card too of course! So elegant and sassy!
Hugs!
Aimes
x

Lisa A. said...

Your card is beautiful!!! Everything about it is just lovely:)!!!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Perfection! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays this week.

Julie Day said...

Gorgeous! Love those white flowers on that aqua background and the black sets it off perfectly :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Sue McRae said...

This is such a great colour combo, love how the white flowers pop!

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Wow- how cool is that you got to play with Kim H!?!! Big congrats on your shout out on the CASual Friday blog. Love the card!

Lisa Petrella said...

BEAUTIFUL card! LOVE the color combo and all of the details!!! GREAT photo from the Paper Smooches class too! Looks like FUN!!!!!!

Ginny said...

Aqua, black and white - GORGEOUS! At first when I looked at your card, I thought the white flowers were stamped on an overlay, but that's cool that you embossed them and when you stamped the text, you were able to rub off the ink from the flowers. I need to give that a try! And congrats on being one of the winners in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge with this stunner!

Flutterby Creations said...

Stunning card - love the aqua and black they go so well together - the bow is gorgeous too!

Kate
xx

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