Friday, 11 February 2011

Vanilla Rhapsody

Last night, after struggling with a project for my next workshop (frames) I had the urge to make a card in Vanilla and Black. "Keep it simple!" I told myself but.... see for yourself what happened.

I set  the task of using just Vanilla and Black inks, papers and embellishments and found it fun to work with  a sophisticated colour range, but instead of the simple card I envisioned at the onset, I ended up combining stamps from 4 different Stampin' Up!® sets - 2 currently available and 2 retired.

I decided to follow the sketch from Midnight Madness challenge MMSC#90 and have used masking to overlay images. Colouring has been done with a blender pen and ink and the thick "ribbon" is a strip of DSP from the beautiful "Love Letter" DSP in the Idea Book  and Catalogue. The thinner ribbon is 3.2 mm Taffeta  - Basic Black.

The textured border is created with the "Square Lattice" Embossing folder, available in the Summer Mini  (page 17) and I've hand drawn a black line around the image to define this area. 
The flowers and butterfly are raised on dimensionals, and I've added Basic Pearls as embellishments.

The entire card front has been spritzed with home made shimmer mist, giving it a lovely subtle sheen.

Thanks for stopping by. As always your comments are welcome, and until next time

- Stay Crafty!


  1. Wonderful stamp collage - love the colors and the design and its a great touch with the black strip and the pearls.

  2. Hello Ann - this is gorgeous! I love the collage feel to your card - what a great way to chill out - I am sorry you are having trouble with your class - I just got your rmail - it got caught in JUNK MAIL - LOL! Maybe you should do this card instead - it would be very popular!! It is great having you play along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  3. This is a fabulous card, but then all your work is fabulous. I found you by googling 'sponging' and have used your brilliant tutorial to make a card (
    Thanks for the great info.

  4. Thanks for joining us on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - your monochromatic creation is just stunningly beautiful!.

  5. Wow Ann this looks amazing! Love your vanilla and black theme, it looks stunning. The usage of so many different stamps gives a real spring feel; well done!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge :-)
    Hope to see you again next week!
    Hugs Guro

  6. WOW this is gorgeous! I love this!

    Thank you for sharing with the Midnight Madness Team. This was very inspirational, I might have to case you...


  7. This is such a BEAUTIFUL card! Congrats!!!
    Valerie PSDT

  8. This is incredible!!!! Absolutely beautiful.


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