Thursday, January 31, 2019

Seize the Black & White Birthday


Happy Thursday! I know my teammate Glenda is currently enjoying mild temperatures and the beginning of spring blooms, but here we are ending a COLD and SNOWY January! So I don't mind at all staying inside and making cards. :) Today starts a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and we offer a fun optional "topping" for you... 


BLACK and WHITE! Black and white together is such a classy look, but I rarely think to use it. I made two:


I decided I wanted a clean and graphic design to complement the black and white colour scheme. For my first card, I went with a white sentiment panel on a dry-embossed black background: 


Although essentially impossible to see in the photo (especially my photos, sigh), the black is embossed with Swiss dots after cutting the sentiment panel out of the centre. I then cut the same sentiment panel in white, embossed my sentiment, and fitted the two together. I added a trio of flowers to add a bit more interest to the finished card. 


It seemed to only make sense to use the leftovers for a second card in the reverse order! This time I embossed the white panel in a herringbone pattern (and left off the flowers, for a perhaps more masculine look...). While I initially thought I'd use a black card base for this, it turned out to look better with a black mat and white card base. To me, at least. :D 
It's fun to see what a wide variety of cards can be produced from a simple black and white colour scheme! Our surprise party guest, Julie, and all the design team have beautiful takes on our theme. Whether you go for black and white or decide you need a rainbow of colours, make a birthday card and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, A Muse Birthday Greetings & Studio G stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear & white embossing powders, Spellbinders labels 4 & MFT Blueprints 29 stitched rectangular dies, Cuttlebug Swiss dots & Sizzix/Tim Holtz pinwheel embossing folders, Petaloo jewelled florettes

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12 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

Very stylish cards! I always love black and white, Jo x

Joyce said...

Fun, elegant and classy. Love your black and white masterpieces.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome masculine cards with the colors and block font

Barbara Godden said...

Fabulous cards, love the black and white.

Barbara said...

You made two! Great cards and when you can make more it is always a bonus.

Cathy said...

Great cards, love that you reversed the look, very stylish in black and white, and I can see the embossing on the black! Cathy x

Nancy said...

Lindsey, Love your black and white cards! You nailed the Clean and Graphic design that you were looking for!

Julie B said...

You are right that black and white are always classy, just like these cards. :)

TaeEun said...

They are surely clean and graphic!!! Same layout yet you've created a unique look for each of them!

JoAnn said...

Love how you used the negative cut to make two lovely b&w cards.

shirley-bee said...

Great twofer cards, Lindsey! It’s always nice to make a bonus card with the surplus.

Glenda J said...

Both of these are fantastic (as always). CAS and elegant. Love that you used the leftovers!