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Monday, 6 February 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 61 Monochrome Magic

For my first ever hosted challenge since I joined the DT I really didn't have to think too hard about what I wanted to do.  I love monochromatic projects and for that reason I have based my challenge around that theme. You can use any colour you choose, it doesn't have to be black, but I want to see your creations made using only shades of one colour. I will allow highlights of one different colour but it must not be a major player in your project. You can also, of course, use skin tones and hair, but other than that please stick to the one colour.

Any creations entered which do not meet the criteria listed above will not be eligible for our fabulous prizes nor for one of our Top 5 spots. So please ensure your challenge meets the criteria if you don't want to miss out. We are seeing an increasing number of entrants who are either not reading our rules, or properly reading what we are challenging you to do and as we need to be fair to those people who do play by the rules we need to be strict with those who don't.

Please also remember we only accept entries from people who have entered NO MORE THAN FIFTEEN CHALLENGES, so 14 plus this one.

We are sponsored for this challenge by

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and we have a fabulous prize on offer from them.....

It's a two parter and for those of you who watch Create and Craft TV you will know what an absolutely fantastic prize this is as it has sold out each time it has come to air.
Part One
IndigoBlu FlitterGlu Starter Kit

Starter Kit with everything you need to start using FlitterGlu
Phat Foam
Scoochy sponge
Easy peasy stamp cleaner
Mega-Flake Winter Dawn
Plus - FlitterGlu Hints and Tips Sheet

Part Two

The gorgeous 'Love Is' stamp

We are also sponsored by

Digi Doodle Shop
Who are offering a $10 Gift Certificate for their Store to the challenge winner

Digi Doodle Shop is the results of a mother and daughter’s love for the arts and crafts. It was started a little over 3 years ago with a little more than 100 stamps, and has since then grown to almost 500 stamps. Joy (the mother of this team) designs realistic images, while Judy (aka/daughter) loves the “fun side of life”, and create images with a cartoon flair. Having these two complimenting styles have enabled Digi Doodle Shop to offer a wide variety of stamps.

It is a real honor and pleasure to sponsor this challenge, and we look forward to seeing all the amazing creations. We thank the design team for their incredible creations, and wish all the participants the very best of luck in this challenge.

Thank you so much for having us, and again the very best of luck to all of you.
Judy and Joy.

For my card I chose to use black and white, but instead of my usual black upon white I thought I would challenge myself as well as you and use white upon black for a change!  This is what I came up with:

The fairy is one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps which I stamped onto black card using Archival Brilliance Moonlight White and then embossed using clear embossing powder.  I also used the same ink to colour in the fairy.  The roses and flourishes are made from a Marianne Design Creatables die and the white glitter paper was cut with a Spellbinders border die.  I added some tiny black gems to the border strip as a bit of extra bling.  The following two photos show the card in more detail:

I had great fun making this card and I do hope you all enjoy my challenge as much as I did.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!  If you need any more inspiration, please check out the rest of the DT's blogs.  The links are on the right hand side of this page and they have come up with some truly stunning projects!

Good luck to everyone.

Beth. xxx

11 lovely comments:

Jack said...

This is fabulous. What a brilliant idea to use white on black. xx

Josephine said...

Absolutely stunning! The white on black option is unusual, and all the prettier for it!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Beth, well you certainly chose a fantastic theme for this challenge I really enjoyed playing along. Your card is fabulous , ah the image is beautiful and your embossing is just divine. A perfect card for a perfect challenge.


Meggymay said...

An adorable image, I love your flowers and trimmings its a gorgeous card.
Yvonne x

Mynnette said...

How amazing is this?! LOVE the white on black--it's so stunning! :)

Feebsy said...

I love this card Beth. The image looks spectacular and I really like the depth and shade you've created using white, brilliant.


Scrapcat 1 said...

Such a beautiful cards Beth, I love this fairy image along with all the other LOTV stamps I have, but I would never have thought to use her the way you have. Thanks for expanding my colour palette for my stamps :-)

Anne said...

White on black is a brilliant take on monochrome, this is just gorgeous

Kim x said...

Beautiful card Beth, I love the unusual take on Black and White, my favourite combo.
hugs Kimx

Lin said...

Beth, I swear I came by and commented on this already! Must be that my last marble just upped and rolled away and I can only apologise for being so tardy.

What an absolutely gorgeous design. I love the LOTV design against the black background. It has a really ethereal look about it, quite in keeping with the image.


Julie Owens said...

Hi Beth, I love that effect of stamping white onto black, I'll have to get one of those inkpads and have a go myself x

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