Friday, 18 February 2011

Live Without Fear

Well this was very nearly the last card I was ever going to make!!... I was searching high and low for black card (one of my 'must haves') and couldnt find any anywhere :(  Its quite hard to find online (I dont have craft shops nearby) and its quite expensive too, so I was in a bit of a panic and spent hours trawling through my stuff to find some.

Luckily (phew) I found a few more pieces, but if anyone knows where you can buy it quite reasonably, then please give me a shout. :)

So, onto the card (lol)  This card is for the Kenny K Krafty Girlz challenge this week which is 'circles'.  I came across this 12x12 March Johnson paper in my stash, and couldnt bear to cut up the sentiment, so I have used a 10x7 inch rectangle card which is mahoosive! :)  This shape doesnt appear too well on a blog though does it but if you click the image it will enlarge.

I usually print my digi images in bulk, so they are set after a few days, but I only had one of these images printed.  It took several attempts to get the colourway right on this though as my ivory promarker kept smudging the black ink as it was freshly printed.  Now over on Minas blog there is a digi-stamp tutorial for watercolouring etc. and it recommended heating the image with a heat gun a few times to set the ink.  This worked a total treat, so thank you Mina for that. :)

I used some metal corners from stash, Nesties and Marianne doily dies, MgGill branch punch and Roses from WOC.  The Epoxy sentiment is also March Johnson (I have no idea when or where I got them!), and I have distressed the edges of the paper.  I also used Sakura pens to add a bit of sparkle to the branch punches and also the image (not clear on pic).

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Allsorts challenge - Sentiment
Paper Sundaes - 3 toppings, Flowers, Distressing and Pink (2nd entry)
Creative Inspirations - Distressing
One Stitch at a Time - Make it pretty - 3rd entry
Papertake Weekly - Putting on the glitz.  I have bling and glitter pens on this card
Cute Card Thursday - Shiny and glossy - epoxy sentiment sticker and metal corners
PaperPlay challenges - Add Shine - epoxy sentiment and metal corners, also glitter pens and bling
Dutch Dare - Sparkle, glitter and bling

Thanks so much for looking, and I hope everyone has a fab weekend.  Good luck to everyone in these challenges :)


Marjo said...

Gorgeous, thanks so much for joining our Birthday Bash at OSAAT.

Hugs, Marjo..Don't forget to check out my Birthday Comment Candy here

Hugs, Marjo

Cheryl said...

WOW this is STUNNING and the black is so striking!!! I am not sure if you know,but Stampin'Up! makes black cardstock and you can buy it in packs.It is what I buy,here in Australia and it is $13.95 for 24 A4 sheets.I am not sure what the cost of it is in the UK.I hope this helps.

coops said...

fantastic card alison.the image is stunning and i love the lush papers and great wording :D

xx coops xx

coops said...

forgot to say, i don`t buy much coloured cardstock now as i tend to only use it for matting and layering so all i do is colour the edges with my promarkers.i just buy some cheap cream or white card.hth :D

xx coops xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous alison, just another beauty from you.
I have read that you are looking for black paper.
I used paper with linnen texture I don't know what you used, but I give you the side aneway than you can look.
I don not know if they are transferred abroad, but you can email that.
I hope I help you with this.

greetings karin

Anonymous said...

Amazing card Alison - I love the laced up pieces which match her basque! xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous card Alison, I like the image, the lush paprs and that lace up, brilliant design.
Kevin xx

Suzilou said...

Fabulous card Alison, love those papers and the lacing, Love all of it hehe.

I get my black card from WHSmith, the last pack I brought was 12 sheets of A4 240gsm and I think it was around £5.99, it has lasted me for ever hehe. Have looked on-line at their site but can't find the one I usually buy but I can have a look when i'm next in town and pick you up a pack and post it up to you :) xx

Heidi said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Alison!
Love the colours and details:)
Have a great weekend. I'm working but it's okay.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Paula said...

Love the way you've used the words & inorporated them into the whole - the lacing brillantly echoes her laced legs & the colours are a superb combination. Will keep an eye out for black cardstock too.
Love the corners & the way you've added gems to the branches.
Paula (PEP)

Jackie said...

Wow... fabby card, and I am so glad this wont be the last card you make !!!! LOVE IT, and the lacing is brill. What a great idea of Coops !!! might have to try that myself. Thank you for sharing with us at KKKGC this week. Hugz Jackie xx

Josephine said...

A fabulous card, and so pretty too!

Thanks for joining the Pretty challenge at the One Stitch at a Time Birthday Bash.

Do you have a Ryman near you? They do black card - that's where I tend to buy mine.

Debbie said...

Wow, great job all all those challenges, thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations

NY Debbie

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. Gorgeous card. Love the colours and the wording on the paper is brilliant. Great lacing effect and the image is beautifully coloured. I usually buy my black or coloured cardstock from the paper mill, you can fill a box for £4.00. Unfortunately it has now closed. Have a good weekend and good luck with your challenges. Donna

Deirdre said...

Fab creation. Thank you for joining us on Paperplay this week.♥

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, Ah this is super what a cool card and great colours, thanks for joining in on our Birthday Celebrations on OSAAT. I get my card from various places but quite often get some on E Bay. Hope this helps you. Hazelxox

Louise said...

Great card Alison, the lacing at the side is very effective.

Dora said...

This is fantastic, so cool. thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Alison, Great card love the DT with that image. Papermill now do orders on line since they have closed most of their stores.Often though you can pick it up quite cheap at SECC (I've bought mine at Harrogate so it should be the same)
Avril x

Rach said...

this is a fantastic creation, brilliant job.
Thank you for joining us over at KKKG's challenge

Donna said...

Wow Alison, really awesome card, love the lacing you've done.
Thanks for playing this week at KKKG.
Donna xx

Lisa M. said...

What a lovely creation! Liek you, I would die without my black cardstock! Good luck finding a supplier!

Thanks for joining us for our Sundae Bar at Paper Sundaes! Good luck!

Ren-Yi said...

Love the lacing with through those eyelets. I am very attached to my black CS and buy mine through Papertrey Ink (but is probably not the most economic solution for you since you're in the UK). Love your glittery branches, and thanks for being part of this week's PaperPlay Challenge.

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

What a gorgeous card, thanks so much for joining us at KKKGC......


Angie said...

Fab card love the image and the colours thanks for joining us at papertake weekly
Angie x

Crystal said...

So gorgeous! I loved that you laced up the paper pieces & love the fab metal corners! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes :)

Maodren said...

Very nice card

Basement gal said...

Wow, striking colour combination and image. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations.


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