Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Congratulations in red, white and black

In the 80s when going out, I had two favourite colour combos. One was deep blue & black, and the other was red, white and black. I woke up this morning and just had this card in my head and that colour combo is sooo 1980s :-)

"Congratulations in red, white and black"

The background is white card misted with homemade antique linen distress spray and overstamped in antique linen, barn door and black. The cherry blossoms are diecut from spare inked card and edged in barn door distress ink before shaping with a large embossing tool and mounting with self-adhesive gems for flower centres.

"Justrite Sentiment"

I love the Justrite Large Fancy Sentiments set of stamps and the "Congratulations" is just perfect for a focal point, stamped in archival and clear embossed onto some spare inked card, then diecut using one of the new Spellbinders Fancy Labels Tags and mounted on another Justrite stamped & diecut label. Did you notice all the background stamping was done with the same set of stamps too? The "Congratulations" is repeatedly stamped in antique linen and I just "ghosted" the little red and black swirls so as not to make them too overpowering. Both labels are inked with some barn door highlights using pad & marker, mounted using foam tape, and finished off with a couple of large self-adhesive gems to match the flower centres.

Some red seam-binding was tied around the card with a big, floppy triple bow, matting & layering onto red & black card and a couple of homemade stickpins finished off the whole thing. My good friend Lee gave me this fab kit of stuff to make the stiockpins from and this is the first time I've dipped into it, so a great big thank you to Lee aka Craftyloops. :-)

Justrite clear stamp set: Large Fancy Sentiments
Justrite cling stamp set: Thankyou Labels Twenty
Spellbinders dies: Labels 20, Fancy Labels Two, Cherry Blossoms
Distress ink pads: Antique Linen, Barn Door
Distress marker: Barn Door
Archival Ink pad: Jet Black
Stampendous embossing powder: clear
cardstock: black 300gsm, red 300gsm, white 300gsm & 160gsm
self-adhesive gems
adhesives: PVA, glossy accents
foam tape

Entered for the following challenge:
Justrite Friday Challenge #81- Charm Me (I got my box of stickpin stuff out just for you lol!)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Distressing (lots of inky distressing here :-)
Creative Stamp Friends - Distressen


  1. I can see a new purchase coming on Maddy, I've been eyeing up that blossomed die for weeks. Absolutely love what you've done with it and your whole card of course.

    B x

  2. Oh, this is wonderful Maddy. I love the colour scheme and your attention to detail is wonderful. That cherry blossom die is gorgeous.

    Hugs Sue

  3. Just stunning Maddy! I love it!

  4. Ohhh, what a beautiful card.
    Thank you so much for joining our challenge at creative stamp friends.
    Nina x

  5. Such a stunning card. Lovely design with perfect colors. I am so inspired. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Stunningly pretty. Adore the colour selection! x

  7. Lovely card! Gorgeous colors. I love how soft it is, despite the strong colors you've used! The cherry blossom is lovely!

    Have a nice day!

  8. So pretty ! The colours are lovely and those cherry blossoms are fabulous!

  9. I love seeing your cherry blossoms! I was trying to decide about that die and looks like I really need it - LOL!

    Thanks for sharing with us at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

  10. This is sooo BEAUTIFUL!!! Your color combo is a true classic -- LOVE it!!!


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