Hello and welcome to week 15 of the weekly Blogger's Challenge. This week our challenge was to create a card using Black and Orange. I figured that since it is October, and many of the blogger posse (see complete list, with links to their fabulous blogs, in sidebar of my blog) would go for the more traditional Orange and Black cards most commonly created in October; Halloween cards. But being the renegade that I am, I went a totally different direction. As you can see, this card isn't remotely Halloween. I woke up one morning with this layout in my head....does that ever happen to you?...ideas spring up either as you are falling asleep or just waking up? I have a theory that these are the times that we are most relaxed and creativity is a full throttle when we are relaxed. I can't say with any certainty that this design is my original idea because I see so many samples in magazines and on-line, not to mention that I rarely create anything truly original, that there is a possibility that I have seen this design somewhere before, and just don't remember. I wouldn't want to take credit for something, if it REALLY wasn't my idea.
This card is really More Mustard (which is sort of orange...kinda) although against this red Asian patterned paper looks not as 'mustard' as it is in reality. The focal images were stamped with black craft ink, then heat embossed with black embossing powder. While the images were still hot, I dipped them again into the embossing powder for a second coat. The first thing I do when I get a new container of embossing powder is to immediately dump it into a resealable container...like cheap Tupperware, if you will. This allows me to hold a project over the container while I'm applying the powder, without having to use a powder pal. I dump the powder onto my project and the remainder just falls back into the container and not all over my craft table or floor.
Now I must be a little embossing challenged, because even though I used my embossing buddy, like a good little embosser should, I always get some 'over-spray'. I even take a little paint brush and swipe away excess specks, but no matter how meticulous I am, I still experience the same problem. If you only look at this card in this 'blog view' you won't see much of my boo-boos, but be forewarned that if you look at the close up view, you will see what I'm really talkin' about!
I took a bamboo skewer and snipped off the pointy end with my wire cutter, which by the way, cuts more than wire! Using my Word Window punch I created the pockets for my skewer. I attached the punches to the basic black card stock using black brads and then just slid the skewer into the pockets.
I used my notched corner punch to give me something for my black embroidery floss something to hold onto; creating a frame for the card. I had the Asian coin in my stash, and I used a tassel that came attached to the cap from a bottle of perfume. (I love it when I can use things from everyday packaging to dress up a card!) So, there you have it...my black and orange entry for this weeks challenge. I hope you can take a moment and check out what the other ladies have done with the challenge this week. It's always interesting to see how everyone interprets a challenge!
Have a great day, and an even better weekend! What are YOU doing on World Card Making Day? That's tomorrow, ya know. All of our local scrapbook and stamp stores have make and takes going on all day, so I may have to just cruise from store to store and see what fun activities they are hosting!