A Study in Black & White

Today was another class day at my local stamp store (LSS). One of my favorite teachers, Linda, took us through a study of black and white with touches of color. I have to say, I absolutely LOVED this class. It helped me see how to really accentuate color against a black & white background. I definitely want to use this technique more!

We made three different cards during the class. They went pretty quickly, too. I think we were all done in about 90 minutes or so. Considering I’m usually the slowest person in the class due to my OCD tendencies, that’s pretty good! LOL

Here are some pics and details about the cards we made today.

Yellow Brick Road HelloFirst up was this very cool brick-themed card. Linda had kindly done all of the prep work for us in advance since it would have been rather time-consuming to try and do all that brick stamping in class. All we had to do was color the card and assemble it. Score! Here are links to the various products she used:

Hello Die Cut Topped with Glossy Accents Lawn Fawn Flutter By Butterfly
I used Copic markers in Y15, Y17, and Y38 to color the bricks and colored the butterfly using R35, R37, and R59. Everything on the card was adhered flat except for the butterfly. For it, I creased along the edges of the body with a stylus and adhered it to the card using a thin piece of foam tape under just the body. This allowed the wings to remain free so I could pop them up a bit.

Once everything was assembled, I added a coat of Glossy Accents over the sentiment and added some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the butterfly. I think they both added some awesome dimension! As always, you can click on each of the images above to see a larger view.

Spotlight Focus CardThe next card we made with this spotlight focus floral card. Once again, Linda had everything prepped for us, so all we had to do was a little bit of coloring and then assemble the card. I don’t know what company made the floral stamp. It kind of looks like something that could be from Penny Black though. If I can find out who makes it, I’ll be sure to update this post with the info. The sentiment is from the Uptown Girl Pippa Loves to Plant stamp set from Stampin’ Bella.

Spotlight Focus Card Close-UpI colored the yellow flower with the same markers I used for the yellow bricks — Y15, Y17, and Y38. For the center, I used E33, E35, and E37. For the tiny yellow flowers, I just used Y17. For the red flowers, I used R22, R24, and R27. For the stems and leaves, I used YG06 and YG09. Once the card was assembled, I added some Glossy Accents to the center of the yellow flower and some Gilded Gold Stickles to the center of the red flower.

Black & White Triple Layer CardThe final card was this very cool triple layered card. This was my first time doing this triple stack stamping technique. For this card, we actually got to do our own stamping, but Linda had all the layers cut for us. She had told us in advance to feel free to bring any large scale stamp we wanted, so I used this maple leaf stamp from the Foliage Fancy stamp set from Penny Black. I also filled in some of the gaps using a small squiggle stamp from the Hennah Elements stamp set from Altenew.ย  I adhered the two bottom layers flat, but adhered the top layer with some foam tape for a little extra dimension.

Lawn Fawn Summer 2015 New ReleasesOf course, what fun is a trip to the LSS without picking up a few goodies, right?! It’s also especially good to do on class day because my LSS offers students a 15% discount on all purchases made the day of class. I grabbed up some of the new Summer 2015 releases from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely LOVE their cute little stamps. I picked up Party Animal, Fintastic Friends, So Jelly, and Color My World.

All in all, a super fun day! Since two of the class cards involved coloring, I’m counting these as my day six coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I’m also entering the first class from card today in the “Calling All Critters” challenge over on the Lawnscaping Challenges blog.

Until next time …

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  1. Audrey Tokach says:

    Such awesome cards! I love the black and white with pops of color! Awesome Lawn Fawn picks too… you got all of my favorites! My box should be here tomorrow and I can’t wait! Can’t wait to see what you make with your new goodies! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Lawnscaping Challenges! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Samantha Casey says:

    Very pretty! I love the color combination so much! Thanks for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

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