Friday 18 January 2013

And the jury is out here 'in-house' critic says this card is too sombre - it's the black he doesn't like. He can now be visited between 2 and 6 pm in our local hospital - his broken nose will heal fine they say but the limbs in traction could take a while longer :)

The reason I did a black background was 'cos I had a lovely new stamp set and ink from Santa:
The reason Santa was so good was because, after much questioning of yours truly, he discovered there was something on my wish list to play with - usually I dance around the subject until he gets fed up and just shops anyhow :(

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white linen card stock

- apricot backing card from the snippets folder

- A5 Clarity Black Coated card - primarily bought, along with some Clarity white card and (yay!) a Splodge Mat, to face the 'brayer bush tucker trial' soon. Ack, perhaps a handful of grubs to eat would be preferable 'cos that brayer still hates me

- Santa's gift of a  Joanna Sheen stamp set called 'Live Each Moment' plus StazOn Cotton White ink pad. The stamp set comes with four stamps - I love the long lace border and think it could be good to use with all sorts of coloured inkpads - in the long run a saving on real lace as well as the cost of postage

- sentiment from the same set - badly stamped but hey, my excuse is that I was just playing around

- a hand made rose and butterfly, both in apricot

Soon be time to pull on those big girl pants and face the brayer - our snippets playmate Shaz in Oz did a tutorial on her blog a while ago here - the results are fabulous and I'll be sitting here with it on-screen, trust me!



  1. Not too sombre for me...but then i love black and white...especially combined with a burst of say...PINK!!!

    I think it is fine and in light of the ton of black backgriound...subway art type cards on pinterest...I think many more like them too!

  2. Very on trend with all the chalkboard techniques at the moment. Love that lacy border, Santa did a great job. I guess this isn't the in house critics get well card then lol. Hugs, Amanda x

  3. The lace and those pretty pink flowers wouldn't show up nearly as well on anything other than black! A very striking and elegant card!

  4. I'm in the black camp. Can we face the bush wacker brayer together. Just moved the brayer in its box to another drawer right at the back out of sight.! Hugs Mrs A.

  5. This is lovely. Perhaps that it is just that this card is a bit different in 'feel' than your other ones, that your critic was trying to express. (Glad I'm across the pond cuz I'm not expressing it very well either!)I sure hope he mends real fast, and remembers next time when he is asked for an for the 'right word'. Can be risky at times to be a critic, hmmmmm? Your card is beautiful...I love the lace border too. Good luck with your brayer. I'm challenged with a brayer myself. Hugs

  6. Ha ha Di you did have me chuckling with the hospital visit by DH!!

    ... just for a tick thought you were serious, just a very short tick!!

    and you gotta love that brayer girl!!
    Truly it is is your best friend and it will love it back and light strokes are the way to go/..

    I think you need to have good gloss card for beginners but once you get the idea you can do it on almost any sort of card.

    thanks so much for giving me another shout out too very kind of you, Di!!
    love Shaz.xx

  7. Oh so busy rattling on about brayer forgot to say i like your card the lace bit a top is just superb.. love it.. :D Shaz.xxxxxxx

  8. Dare I say it? my bed next to your OH. I love the card....just not the black......sorry
    Guess it wouldn't do for us all to be the same would it?
    Now please go and take a snap of something that makes you smile and pop over to mine and join in the fun.....please
    A x

  9. All my cards are made from snippets Di but not snippets of card so have never felt it was what I should be taking to the playground.I'm not really a card maker like you clever girls cos mine are always fabric based....let me know what you think.
    A x

  10. WHAAAAT? Did Shaz in Oz mention the words BEST FRIEND and BRAYER in the same sentence???? I nearly fainted. Me and my brayer are going to RELATE as run by SplodgeAway to try and patch up our dodgy relationship! It may take a while.

    No snow here yet. Grrrr. Due lunchtime.

    Sarn xxx

  11. I really like this card. Nothing wrong with black, white & a splash of colour!

  12. That super flower looks wonderful on the dark background. Very stylish and elegant. Have a great weekend. Stay warm and safe. X

  13. I quite like the black card, and I am sure that with the card being shiny, it looks much better in real life. Photos seem to suck the life out of darker cards. If you are going to get busy with the brayer, then you would benefit from the Splodgeaway Mat, (the real one not the copy) as it holds the ink perfectly for stamping and brayering, and helps to get a smooth application without the dreaded stripes. Thank you for your visit today, and that you liked my photos today. xx Maggie

  14. Hi Di

    I think black is something you like or you don't on a card.

    Myself personally I love it .. .. but I have one customer I work for who hates to see black on a card .. .. even if it is just used to mount an image on !!!

    No accounting for taste!

    Any idea when Robin Cousins will be allowed home? LOL!!!

    So, I love your card, love the sentiment and love the touches of pink!!

    Mmmmmm... ... never mastered the brayer .. .. mine is still in pristine condition LOL!!

    Have a good weekend

    Love Jules xx

  15. Hi Di, l like this card the black is lovely as is the pink and that lace is stunning x

  16. Yay for Tena Ladies Di - I really did a very loud guffaw when I read the first bit of your post! Sounds like mine when he makes comments about the mess in my craft room! Glad I have seen the white Staz-on in action, I love the way this looks.

    As for sombre - nah - looks good.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  17. Poor Len, but it's really your fault for showing him your cards, he may be a closet crafter but he is still a novice but I have sent a bunch of grapes to cheer him up.

    Fabulous flower, great lace stamp and like you say will be very useful.

    Kath x

  18. Lovely card - the pop of pink from the gorgeous rose and butterfly lifts it out of sombre completely.

    I didn't think about the saving in lace such a stamp would effect - you've just given me the perfect excuse/reason as to why I need that stamp :)) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

    PS: I hope poor Len is on the mend :)

  19. Well you know what critics are either love them or hate them...! I hope you did not damage him too much.
    The card is gorgeous. I do like a bit of black!! The flash of pink looks great.

  20. I think it's very lovely, Di, and I'm so glad you gave Santa a wish list! Thanks for the link on the brayer tute! I've always been skirts (pants?) using one, so I've copied the link to go back and study.

  21. Your poor mister! Ha Ha! I'll bet he will never again give an honest opinion on anything! LOL
    I tend to disagree with him on this card - i think the black looks wonderful, especially with that white lacy border at the top! That pink flower looks gorgeous too!
    I wouldn't make him a black get well card any time soon, just to be on the safe side :)

  22. Oh, that lace border stamp is to die for - it's beautiful!

    You won't have to break my nose - I think the card is amazing - utterly beautiful too.


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