Friday, 5 February 2016

It's all in Black and White...

Happy Friday,

I thought I ought to go back to a classic combination today especially after the pink shabby card yesterday which really split opinions!

Today's card is made using another of the stamps designed by Sue to match her dies from the new January 2016 release and this one juts cried out to me for a simple black and white treatment.

I stared by cutting a long strip of coconut white foundation card, i then stamped over this using the Mardi Gras stamp to die for in black archival ink.  I then studded these with 5mm stick on  black pearls in the points in the stamped images that were just crying out for pearlage.

Next I stamped the image twice onto scraps of coconut white. I cut them both out using the matching Hamilton die from the Australian collection.  Next I cut the centre form one of the stamped images using the outline centre die from the set.  I also cut a scrap of black card with the same die, I cut this in half and mounted it, overlapping, behind the cut to create a shadow.  I then foam mounted this over the second stamped image to give a stacked pattern design.

I added this over a strip of black seam binding added pearls and a large messy bow to the left.  Finally a few layers of coconut white and black to create the finished card as shown.

Card Size: 18 x 30 cm
Colours: Coconut White, black foundation card
Stamps: Mardi Gras stamp to die for
Dies: Hamilton
Inks: Jet Black archival ink, 
Embellishments: 5mm Black stick on pearls



  1. Morning John, a really lovely dramatic card black and white always a favourite.
    Hope you give us more of your shabby chic cards for the division that liked it, you will never please everyone as we all have different taste which is just as well.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning John, beautiful card today x

  3. Hi John.
    Wow, another beauty, Thank you.
    Take care Kitty.

  4. Good morning John, I agree with Nancy!!! You can't please everyone all the time!!! It's good we all have different tastes!!! My favourite monochrome!!! Love it!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  5. dramatic looking card another one who hopes you'll give us more of your shabby chic cards it good to see something different

  6. This is superb John. I just love the black and white. So dramatic.
    Love Val x

  7. Hi John,
    I'm Sorry No Comment Yesterday But The Card Shown Wasn't My Style But Rather Than Put A Negative Comment I'd Rather Not Comment At All.
    "Today's Card Is Stunning" I Just Love Black And White
    Its A "Truly Outstanding Card" Thanks For Sharing.
    Hugs From Sam xx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  8. Hi John,
    Love the card today and nothing wrong with yesterdays either!
    We all do different things on different days and the fact that you show it is testomony to how hard you work.
    Love it!
    Anne M xxx

  9. A very striking card for today John. The stamp is a wonderful design xx

  10. Hi John. Life is very busy at the moment hence the lack of comments. I have just caught up with all of your beautiful cards, thank you for all of your hard work. Take care x

  11. Lovely card, very striking.


  12. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the monochrome design. Enjoy your day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  13. I'm not normally a fan of too much black on cards but this is very dramatic and I love it. Its the perfect card for one of my friends, thank you. Luv jxxx

  14. Hi John
    A very lovely card ,and what a gorgeous bow .
    Elaine H X

  15. Hi John
    A dramatic card, I love the bow. Gorgeous stamp.
    B xx

  16. Hello John, this card is fabulous, I am a big fan of black and white, so definitely a favourite. Have a good day. Bx

  17. Good morning John. Love black and white, so this card is a winner for me.

  18. Hi John,
    A stunning card today, it is gorgeous.
    I did like the card yesterday just wasn't sure of the colours. Please do show us more shabby chic cards.
    Thanks for sharing

  19. Very classy. I love black and white.

  20. Hi John. A very striking card for today's post. Love the bow


  21. Hi John ,thanks for a very classy card .I do love black and white cards . Gloria (Sidcup ) xx

  22. Morning John,
    Love today's card, you just can't beat a classy monochrome card, your bow is gorgeous too!
    Have a great weekend,

  23. Morning John, now I really like this card today, the stamps are gorgeous and form a wonderful pattern, yes love it.

    You will never please everyone so hope you are not too upset and the differing of opinions on yesterdays card, each to their own.

    All your followers love and respect everything you do for us, not only the wonderful stamps but also the very useful tips and techniques that you share with us on every occasion.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  24. You can do shabby chic again for me too, John - it's good to see different styles. Love todays card.

    Anne (Northampton)

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  26. Goodmorning John
    I loved your cards
    Hopefully you visit some times the netherlands and show your cards and do a workshop as well

    Greatings Carla

  27. Great bit of matting and layering there John. Looking forward to seeing you in the morning. SueL x

  28. What a lovely classic look .It is beautiful, thank you.
    Sue Mac

  29. Hi John, your card is spectacular, the black and white is so striking, beautiful design too, Kate x

  30. Think Black and White is the new thing.... lovely card

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  31. Brilliant dramatic card John. Love the word 'pearlage' -did you make it up? Describes it perfectly and it just rolls off the tongue!

  32. Hello John

    Yes...... just love this black and white fantastic card.

    Love also the centre die cutting of the Mardi Gras stamp design. Gives a beautiful effect.

    A winner for me!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  33. Hi John, A very beautiful card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  34. Hi John Hope you well. This is simply stunning... Love it


  35. Hi John, lovely card - very striking.

  36. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, tree chic!

  37. Hi John, love monochrome and this is stunning!
    Linda xxx

  38. Certainly a dramatic and striking card. I very much like the overall design and the monochrome structure with one exception and you know what that is!!!!!!!!!


  39. Great card -but it would be lovely if you could have one day a week when you use an 'old' die or stamp. I know it is nice to see the new dies being used but then we buy them all and very soon they are 'old' dies with no ideas for using them being shown anywhere -so how about a day a week using a die or stamp that is at least a year old?

  40. Mmmmm I'm not sure about this I love the stamp but it all seems a bit busy used like this But you know me I go onto blogs using an iPod not even a Pad! I'll probably fall in love with it in real life

  41. Love this card. Thank you. I did like yesterday's as well.

  42. beautiful card love the black and white ,Laura O

  43. Eh up John
    Classic and chic, much like your good self!
    The stamp is cracking.
    It was only the colour that I wasn't mad for yesterday. You make the cards that please you matey.
    Ang x