Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Creative Expressions Black and White Challenge

Hi fellow bloggers. Over at Creative Expressions their current monthly challenge is to create a monochromatic card which must be predominately black and white. One of my favourite combinations and I have created this card as my submission for the challenge.

I used an image  from one of the older Creative expressions sets called Party Ladies which is a set I use quite a lot - together with the elegant ladies set, great for girly cards.

The image was stamped onto white card and the dresses were paper pieced using  polka dot papers from the Papermania capsule range. The hats were also paper pieced but black and white feathers were glued to the hats first, the skin and rose were coloured with promarkers. These were then cut with Labels 21 die and the matts were made by tracing around the outside of the same die for a narrow border again using the polka dot papers.

This lady is adorned with pearls so I strung black and white seed pearls and sewed them to the card following the stamped design, the pearls on the shoes, hat and the ring on her finger were glued into place with cosmic shimmer glue.

Using the new Spellbinders Venetian motifs and accents dies the mask and flourish were cut in black and white card. I really think the venetian set compliment this image perfectly. The flourishes were 'hooked' onto the die cuts to create an extension of the hats and a little cosmic shimmer aqua twinkles was added around the eyes of the masks.

This is an 8 x 8 card onto which I matted black card and the same polka doe paper as used for the dresses, the images were mounted with foam pads and the masks with glue gel. The corners are pieces cut from the Venetian border and a B&W striped ribbon down the middle was added to finish off (and to conceal the join of the papers lol).

I hope you like this card and I intend to also enter it into the following challenges: Anything Goes Fashion Stamping on Designer paper Spots and stripes Always Anything Goes Black and white and one other (Red)  Monochromatic Die Cuts and Punches Anything Goes Anything Goes Monochromatic cards Bingo - Ribbon, Pearls & Image


  1. Oh, this is gorgeous! I love the 'negative' effect.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  2. Beautiful Joanie...:o)

    big hugs Vicky xx

  3. Lovely card, some stamps you just use and use don't you. Those spellbinder die cuts are quite gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge. XOXO Zoe

  4. LOVE your paper piecing--and the colors are fabulous! AND I ADORE all those polka dots!!! :)

  5. Great B&W card! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper and Such this week!

  6. Such a fabulous and striking card!

    Thank you for joining us for the "Stamp On It"" challenge at Paper and Such.


  7. this is a great card- so stylish and striking- love the details of the masques :-) thanks for sharing at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  8. What a classy card, very nice!! Colours are wonderful ... thanks for taking part in the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge ....

  9. This is so elegant Joanie, love the black and white...
    Thanks for joining us this week at Make it Monday and sharing such a lovely card....

  10. Absolutely gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing with us at One Stitch At A Time!!!

    - Susan, DT @ OSAAT

  11. Such a lovely creation thanks so much for joining us this week at Dream Valley and good luck

  12. WOW! This is an awesome card. I love thedesign and will use it as inspiration to design a card...

  13. Hi Joanie, what a great black & white card. The paper piecing is just perfect and all your details, like the pearls, feathers and the mask, just great.
    Thank you very much for joining us at Cards und More Challenge.
    Hugs Claudia

  14. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at NMW challenges and good luck
    Claire xx

  15. A wonderful card. I love the design and all the elements. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  16. Stunning creation, gorgeous images and layout--I love it, thanks so much for joining our challenge at One Stitch at a Time

  17. Wowo - stunning!!!
    Thank you for entering our challenge over at OSAAT
    Good luck in the draw! – Hope to see you again next week!

    Eva`s Scraproom
    DT Member at OSAAT Challenge blog

  18. A very striking and gorgeous card for our Spots & Stripes challenge, Joanie! Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck!

  19. This is amazing.
    Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge!

  20. This one looks really great! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  21. What a lovely card! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper and Such!

  22. Wow, this is beautiful! Those pearls look fantastic on the dress!

    Thanks for joining in with our Fashion theme over at the Craft-Room challenge.

    Maria x