Monday, May 30, 2011

A Splash of Green



I have been going completely nuts trying to take a decent picture of today's card for The Play Date Cafe.  I have a really hard time getting a picture of black card stock so that it actually looks black and not brown or grey.  Even my new light box that I made this weekend (thanks to Therese's instructions) isn't cutting it (although I think it's partly because my light bulbs are too warm.  I'm having trouble finding cool, white bulbs.)  Anyway before I got too frustrated and tossed my camera off the dock I settled for this picture.  I used a Unity stamp and embossed the image on black card stock.
**Tip Of The Day**  
Turn off the ceiling fan before you start playing with embossing powder!


Supplies:  CS: Bazzill Basics; Stamps: Unity, DeNami; Inks: VersaMark & VersaMagic; Punch: Martha Stewart; Embossing Powder: Ranger; Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic
So after I cleaned up the embossing powder I coloured in parts of the image with a green Sakura metallic pen.  Gives it a nice little sheen but, of course, you can't see it that well in the pic.  I stamped the sentiment in white and went over it with the Sakura pen as none of my green inks were impressing me on the black paper.  Then I punched the bottom, stitched the top (Note to self:  Must get sewing machine!!) and voila - a colour splash card completed!  :)


Hope those of you with a holiday today are enjoying it and those at work... well, hang in there - the day will be over soon enough!  ;)

16 comments:

Jenny said...

Love it, great stamp and lol at your tip about ceiling faans :)
Jenny x

Lynn said...

Woops with the embossing powder :)! Love that stamp! And hand stitching...double wow! Great take on the challenge Jen..and my background stamp was Hero on my card!

Karen B. said...

Your tips and notes in this post crack me up! Love your card, the black background is so striking!

Debgem said...

Super card - love the journalling effect stamp!

Had to laugh about your tip with the ceiling fan!!

Tracey said...

FAB tip Jen!!LOVE your card and the embossing yumminess!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Play Date Cafe :)

Jay Gee said...

So funny Jen :) The embossing looks great and I love the green pen.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Jen, have you tried the GE Reveal bulbs? They give a really true to life light to things. Well, no matter the lighting, your card is so pretty! Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe. :)

~Tammy~ said...

Your card looks amazing! Laughing at your tip!!! This card is a perfect for the challenge and the embossing looks great! :-)

Ruby said...

Love your tip, so funny (but not at the time I'm sure!) Love your card, what a pretty image. Thanks for playing along with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Hi Jen!
Just had to pop by ... and say hi! Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! I loved reading your chatty, friendly post! Smiled at the embossing powder tip (I have a desk fan ... even more lethal!) Love this card ... so "peacerful" ... and the black looks black to me! Hugs xxaxx

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous card, Jen! I love the white embossing on black. You handstitched that?! I don't think you need a sewing machine but of course it would be quicker. LOL

massofhair said...

Superb card and i love the colours. Impressed with your hand sewing:-)

Jinny Newlin said...

Oooo! LOVE the way that metallic pen looks on the black, Jen! Yummy! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

lostinpaper said...

Hilarious post Jen!
How awesome is that stamp!! Love how you embossed it on the black added those fab green highlights and the stitching! (Thanks for the shout! Sometimes the 'cool' white globes can be called 'daylight').

Jaclyn Miller said...

I have that stamp and would've never thought to use it this way. You've really used it wonderfully on that black! Love it. Thanks so much for playing along at The Play Date Cafe.

Jocelyn said...

Your post is cracking me up! Very cool card and I love the pops of green. I am totally digging that stamp.

I think the black looks black and the photo is fine, but I agree--black, cream, and kraft are hard to photograph. Photoshop is my friend.

Yes, you must get a sewing machine. It makes life much easier ;)