I was commissioned to make a card for a lady whom I was recommended to her . She had searched everywhere for what she had in mind but couldn't find what she wanted. ( I'm sure we've all been there before ) All she gave me was it must be black and white, ornate and a verse for her mother.
Now Black and white is not always as easy as it seems - blacks do vary in colour so choose a black inkpad and stay with it through out the project ! My choice was a Versafine Black Onyx.
This is what I made : A 9" x 9" gate fold card.
No those aren't backing papers - both panels have been 100% stamped, the left with black on white hammered card and the right panel with white on black hammered card, each matted on to some satin silver card then matted on to the main card.
Eyelets C/o crocodile with an organza black ribbon. The Lady is from the "Graceful Ladies"
themeplate which is the framed over with a matted picture panel stamp with diamante gems -but they don't photograph too well. ( My new circle cutter really came in handy there for that aperture! ). The happy birthday is several layers matted up ranging between black, silver, white and the topper. The Happy birthday stamp is from Serendipity and one of my all time favourites.
Below: After opening the card there is a vellum overlay over the main insert, this has been embossed with the "Holographic Embossing" powder ( I've tilted the card to the light to show it a bit better ) which I'm not sure if it's still on the Graphicus site but if not then Joanna Sheens' site normally has it. I know many people have tried this holographic powder and can't seem to get the hang of it but the trick is not to overheat it - if you do it just goes a gooey creamy colour. There is something in the powder which reacts to the heat - this is how I vary the resulting colours as I keep my heat gun on a low setting and keep it moving.
Below: The main insert behind the vellum has the "Rose Stem" and the greeting. The Rose stem has been stamped in Versafine Onyx black and then using a pencil shaded in an a touch of glitter on the petals, matted on to some black hammered card and edges torn.
The verse is quite sentimental.
Below: No way did I have an envelope for this card ... so out to my scrapbook heavy card stock to make a box for it ! The top panel was stamped and the I masked the corners to mitre the stamp, some more black organza ribbon and then stuck this to the box lid. The box base is in black with some tissue wrapping for the card.
The lady who commissioned this from me was very very happy to say the least !
For me - I just love making them !