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What's Black and White and Red...Only THERE?

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Today's post is another swap card.  This was a color swap; or more accurately, an absence of color swap.  The rules were to use only black and white with a splash of color provided by an embellishment.  I think that this card meets the criteria, don't you?

Black_White_Swap

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The card base is Basic Black (with a lining of Whisper White for the sentiment area on the inside).  The lower 2/3 of the Whisper White panel attached to the card front was run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of this piece were sponged with Basic Black and adhered to the card front with SNAIL.  The Basic Black strip lying over the transition between the embossed and non-embossed areas was punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  A piece of Real Red 5/8" satin ribbon was adhered to the Basic Black strip with Sticky Strip.  The first 2 1/4" from the right were pressed flat, then three loops of ribbon were created with a small area between each loop attached to the Sticky Strip and then the remainder pressed flat to the Basic Black cardstock.  Approximately 1/4" on each end of the ribbon was folded under the Basic Black cardstock and pressed in place with SNAIL.  A small bit of SNAIL was used between the first and second loops and the second and third loops and the third loop and the flat ribbon to hold the ribbon in place when the loops were bent over to the left and pressed flat (using fingertip pressure).  Then the Basic Black strip was adhered to the Whisper White panel with SNAIL.  The sentiment, from the Upsy Daisy stamp set, was stamped on the upper left front of the Whisper White panel using Basic Black ink. 

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder and then punched with the Large Fancy Flower punch.  In addition, a small piece of Basic Black cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and then punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  The edges of the Whisper White punched flower were sponged with Basic Black ink.  A 5/8" Neutrals (Whisper White) brad was inserted into the center of the Basic Black circle and Whisper White flower and the brad legs set on the back of the flower.  Three Stampin' Dimensionals were used to adhere the flower onto the Basic Black strip and Real Red satin ribbon on the card front.  Note that the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder applies two distinct patterns, front and back, on the cardstock.  Keep this in mind when you assemble the flower as you may prefer one pattern over the other depending upon the look you want to achieve with the finished card or art piece.  The same could apply to the Perfect Polka Dots Textured impressions embossing folder.  For example, I saw the polka dots used inverted with brayering on the inverted side to achieve a very unique look. 

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I really struggled with an envelope for this card but finally came up with a solution.  I used the large 5 petal flower from the Punched Posies stamp set.  The stamp was inked first with the Real Red Classic ink.  Then the brush tip of a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker was used to ink over the linked circles near the center of the stamp image.  Finally, the stamp edges were rolled across the Basic Black Classic ink pad (Rock & Roll Technique).  I "huffed" on the stamp to remoisten the ink and then stamped the image on the lower left front of the envelope.  I cleaned the stamp and then repeated the process two more times along the left front of the envelope.

If you looked closely at the cards I made during the Shoebox Swap, you'll notice a card with a bright Summer Sun flower embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder with a 1" Chocolate Chip center embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, an Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, a Chocolate Chip strip punched with the Eyelet Border punch, placed on a Whisper White card base with a panel of Whisper White partially embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, and a stamped sentiment from the Upsy Daisy stamp set.  This card was made by Grace Benjamin and I just fell in love with it!  So I CASEd it!  (CASE = Copy And Share Everything)  I had been struggling for weeks to come up with an effective design for the Black and White Swap and finally saw the light when I made Grace's card.  Thank You, Grace!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Punched Posies, Upsy Daisy; Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White; Many Marvelous Markers:  Basic Black; Embellishments:  5/8" Neutrals (White) brad, Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Eyelet border punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Large Fancy Flower punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

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Cindy E.

This is a FABULOUS color combination; one I haven't used in a while. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

sherry fralic

Love the card. I didn't know u had a blog. I'll def be following it.

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