Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Mostly Monochrome

My DT card for Sweet Pea Stamps this week is what I've ended up calling "mostly monochrome" - i.e. black and white with one other colour. :lol:
 
My starting point for this card was one of Ching Chou Kuik's gorgeous digi stamps - this one is called Restless Thoughts:
 
 
I started by colouring her hair black and from there I was taken with the idea of giving her a white dress.. and that lead to the whole monochrome thing, with just the red of the toadstools adding a splash of colour.
 
I also had the idea with this stamp of, instead of colouring in the background, cutting it out and layering it over a patterned background. I chose to use some gorgeous monochrome Floral Fantasy
digi paper from Crafts and Me:
 
 
To add an extra touch of detail to this image, I wanted to give her shimmery wings. To achieve this effect, I printed the digi image a second time on scrap paper (making sure I printed it the same size as the image I had coloured in) and carefully cut out the wings from the scrap paper image, making a mask which I could then lay over the coloured image, lining up the edges carefully, leaving just the wing areas exposed. I then pressed a Versamark ink pad over the exposed wing areas, lifted up the mask, and covered the inked wing areas with a fine holographic embossing powder. After tipping off the excess powder (and carefully using a soft brush to clear away any stray specks of powder from other parts of the image), I heated with a heat gun to melt/set the powder:
 
 
I kept the rest of the card simple and monochrome to match with the image. I used a black card blank and embossed a panel of black card using an embossing folder. I then swiped Versamark ink over the raised areas of the embossing and brushed silver pearl Perfect Pearls over it.
 
All in all, a fairly clean and simple design but with lots of pretty little details. If that's not a complete contradiction! :lol:
 
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Dilly Beans - Black and Red
City Crafter - All That Glitters
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Seeing Red
Paperminutes - Faces
Craft Your Passion - All That Glitters


11 comments:

MiniOwner said...

One gorgeous card, Ali. :o)
Sue x

Sue Jones said...

Wow !! Ali - Beautiful

MommyScraps said...

Wow, she is beautiful! Thanks for playing at Craft Your Passion this week!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card!!! Thanks so much for sharing this week at CCCB :-)

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Heike said...

wow, amazing! Love the mushrooms. They are a beautiful Eyecatcher on this card.

Hugs, Heike

Ros Crawford said...

What a beautiful card ... your image is so lovely ... Many thanks for playing at CCCB!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fab creation, thanks for joining us this week at CCCB!

Unknown said...

This looks perfect. Right down to those sparkly wings. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at CCCB!

Jenn Borjeson said...

WOW - this is absolutely gorgeous. Great coloring and those wings are to-die-for! :) Thanks for joining us at Dilly Beans.

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