It's Not All Black and White

Saturday, November 24, 2007

It's so ME!

I know these aren't quite the usual style for the paper crafting world, but I couldn't be more pleased. They are so "ME".

I embossed the five inch square cards with my largest Nestablities die using Nichole's instructions here. You have to stamp the flower first though. I wanted the flower stem to extend beyond the embossing, but not quite to the bottom of the card. So I laid a sticky note where I wanted the stem to end, then stamped with onyx black Versafine. Then emboss, then stamp the sentiment, then color. I colored with an aquapainter and classic Stampin' Up! inks. Last, I added very little Stardust Stickles to the flowers.

I stamped the same sentiment on the inside as I used for yesterday's card. Just in black.

Maybe you all do this already, but I just thought of it. Sometimes I'll see tutorials that I want to use later, like this one of Nichole's that I know I'll use over and over. I don't want to print them all out. Too much clutter. But I have a hard time finding them later. So I copied and pasted it to a Word document and saved it on my computer.

Does anybody know what the blue flower is supposed to be? I wasn't even sure what color to make it.


What's In It?
Stamps: Oh, So Lovely and Close as a Memory (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Onyx black (Versafine); old olive, always artichoke, brocade blue, night of navy, real red, apricot appeal (SU!)
Paper: white (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: stardust Stickles; aquapainter; large square Nestablities die; Cuttlebug

31 comments:

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

OH these are gorgeous, Bethany! I just LOVE them!

Debbie Olson said...

Bethany, I love these--so clean, simple, and classic!

Tara said...

Oh this is fantastic! I love your new 'line' of plain and simple cards :-) Been holding out on getting the nestabilities, but this just might sway me!

Nancy said...

These are so amazing!!!!

Mercy said...

bethany....these are phenomenal! love, love, love them...so simple yet so sophisticated!

My Paper World said...

very beautiful!

Donna said...

these cards are beautiful...

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! You should be you more often! These are incredible! Outstanding! One of my favorite flower sets, too. I have no idea what that one with the seed pods is. I've been wondering, too. It seems to look good in any color.

Christina Fischer said...

These are so beautiful -- I love the simple elegance!!

Dawn Easton said...

These are beautiful Bethany! I love the simplicity of them and the embossing is perfect! I don't know what that flower is or what colour it should be. I've coloured it MANY colours...lol.

Flossie's Follies said...

These are beautiful, love the simplicity and elegance of these cards.

Rose Ann said...

Simply beautiful and stunning, Bethany! I LOVE them!!

Pat S. said...

These are simply stunning!
This is definately my style too...hope we see more of it :)

sophia landry said...

This is so beautiful!! I love the clean elegant lines. And I always thought those blue things were berries.

Shannan said...

These are totally you and totally GORGEOUS!!! Love them!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

I think those are absolutely gorgeous! The elegance and simplistic style is very striking! Fabulous job!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Well these are so ME too! LOL! I seriously LOVE them. Perfect sypmathy card too. I believe those types of cards should be clean and crisp. GORGEOUS!! No I don't know what flower that is either :C

Ali Manning said...

I just love, love, love them. So clean, simple and classic!

colleen said...

These are just gorgeous! I love the simplicity of them yet they are soooooo elegant. Thanks for the tutorial tip too.

Tina said...

Bethany, these are just gorgeous!!

jen del muro said...

absolutely STUNNING!!!!

Kathy said...

Wow, these are amazingly beautiful!!!!

Deborah said...

Just beautful classic sympathy note cards.Not sure of flower! Deb

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Your cards are simply beautiful! The embossed frame is such a elegant touch!

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

These are just gorgeous! I love how crisp and clean they all look.

Lori Craig said...

Gorgeous...gorgeous!

Sue / www.suefarrant.com said...

Just found your blog and this is the first thing I see...truely stunning! When I saw this set i immediately thought the berries looked like a shrub that is wild in the forests here and the berries are white. Would look great on soft blue paper too I think with white berries.

Stefanie said...

Absolutely stunning cards! Sympathy cards are so hard to make and your clean style really does the job.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

These cards are amazingly beautiful!!!

thinker said...

These are absolutely stunning cards! Their elegance is found in their simplicity. TFS

Kathie T. said...

Beautiful cards! I have been using that flower as bittersweet, but I could see it being other things, depending on what color you use.