Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Less is More - Week 205 Colour Challenge

The challenge this week over at Less is More is a colour one. 'Black, metallic + one'. 

In the end I opted for black, red metallic and white - sort of hedging the bets really. I class white as a colour but if others don't then the metallic red would cover both a colour and metallic :)

I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a snippet of red/metallic mirri card for the 'frame'

- a snippet of black card, trimmed to size and embossed using a Darice folder called 'Grass' - a gift from Carol L recently, wmah!

- the swans turned out interesting. I used a snippet of white hammered card stock, backed with Stick-It adhesive film and a Marianne die (LR0239). It's not so easy to see in the photo above, but the swans ended up with their bodies and necks/faces compressed flat again yet, due to the cut out of the wings in the die itself they stayed sort of 'ruffled' as the hammered look remained. A lovely, and I confess unplanned,  effect :) I just added little black gems for the eyes

-  the sentiment was die cut from a snippet of red mirri card, backed with Stick-It adhesive film, using Cheery Lynn's 'Love' word die

I used two NBUS items here - the embossing folder and the swan die. So that means I can skip over to Darnell's for another play in her NBUS challenge #3,  as well as Less is More.

Plus, am adding this to the current Cuttlebug challenge which is 'It takes two....'. 

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
 
Di
x

32 comments:

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is so sweet Di, I love that the two swans make a heart shape! Hazel x

Mrs A. said...

Wow. This is dramatic. Love the red mirror card and the swans are superb. Nailed it there Miss. Hugs Mrs A.

Carol L said...

This is the best color combo ever, and I love those swans with that fun embossing folder! You rocked this challenge my friend!!

Sue said...

Love the colours you have used Di and those swans are gorgeous..huggles Sue xx

Susanne Vargas said...

I am right behind you over at LIM and saw your gorgeous card! Beautifully done!

vinita jain said...

You choose the best option of colors Di, pair of sweet swans are gorgeous with awesome embossed BG, loving it!

Greta said...

Oh how gorgeous, Di! I love this card!

Sarah said...

A stunner Di, that colour combo always looks so "grown up". Love the swans xx

Pippa said...

A fantastic card Di. Love the swans on that embossed background. x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Super stunning and eye-catching Di.
Love the swan die set against the embossing. I'm with you on the white as I think I did the same on one of my cards and didn't want to add another colour.
Thanks as always for taking part
Sarah
Less is more

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - I like the swan die.
Kath x

SARN said...

Great card . . . very striking. Is this Len's Valentine's card? I've already made one!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

SARN said...

Made one for my husband, rather than Len you understand!!!!! LOL! x

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Di...love the embossedd background and the swan die

Anne

Pat said...

This is lovely Di. The black background makes those two beautiful swans come to the fore, and the red sentiment and layer are wonderfully eye popping, and I do want - no need - that Darice folder. Thank you for your lovely comment I really appreciate it. x

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Visiting from Cuttlebug Mania where I saw this card of yours. Like the embossing background for the pretty swan card.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Cornelia W said...

Really pretty those swans. They shine in front of the black background. This is such a neat embossing folder - I have it too, but not yet used...

Jacee said...

Great design Diane
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Jannie said...

Thank you so much for joining us at Cuttlebug Mania!

Cuttlebugs & Hugs
Jannie

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card. I was poking around in my stash for some mirri card the other day. I'm afraid I'm lacking. And were you the one to hammer that poor innocent cardstock?

Sandra H said...

Wow Di this is so lovely xx

Brenda said...

White is a color in my book! I love this card Di! It is elegant and so pretty. I love the metallic red, the swans are just beautiful and I love the embossing folder you used. Yep, an elegant card for sure! Hugs, Brenda

Lynn B said...

ooh lovely - and that embossing in the background is perfect.
Linby x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous, clever card and love the embossing folder and the swans die is fabulous, love your choice of red, eye, eye.
Would love to see you use these for 7 swans a swimming.

Kath x

Liz said...

What a striking card! Love the swan die and the embossing behind is just perfect. Beautiful! xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Mmmm, this is such a sweet Valentine card, Di! I love the heart that is created between the two kissing swans, who look so regal in black on top of that cool grass e/f! Of course, the bright red mirri card is the only choice for the sediment and matting!! A+, girlfriend and thank you so much for joining in my NBUS Challenge again!! I'm happy to see some Playmates are stopping in the challenge, too, no doubt thanks to your much-appreciated promotion the other day! MWAH!! Darnell

Juls said...

Gorgeous, black, red & White is my Fav colour combo :-) xx

Bonnie said...

Love these sweet swans! Don't you love those happy accidents? Very classy card, my friend.

Chrissie said...

This is really striking Di!
Super job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Lynne said...

Fabulous Di. Love your sweet swans against the black grasses and the sentiment really pops in red.
Lynne xxx

Hazel Hodgkins said...

What a dramatic effect these fairytale swans make! Stunning card!

Kimbo said...

Love the classic colours Di and the embossed background

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x