Friday, 8 April 2016

Black and Gold...

Happy Friday,

I'm at Ally Pally in London today prepping the stand for the onslaught tomorrow I can't wait!  I thought I'd show you another card I made using the Ravello striplet die designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. I made this card whilst I was in Germany demoing at paper world which I think I have mentioned before was a wonderful experience and one I was so lucky to be able to do!

I stared by stamping my stitched hearts background stamp onto black card and heat embossed it with Detail Gold embossing powder.  Next I cut a square using the double pierced squares and cut the Ravello die four times around the square to create and aperture frame.  I mounted this, with from tape of course, above the stamped image.

To make the first I used the Sydney die and the matching Victoria stamp to die for.  I stamped the image again heat embossed in detail gold Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder and cut it out using the outline die form the Sydney set.  I then cut the centre forth stamped piece using the beautiful lattice in the centre of the die set.  This is backed with a circle of vintage gold card cut with the matching circle that comes with the Sydney Die set.

to finish I added thin layer of the vintage gold and a further stepped layer of black and gold finishing with a thin back satin ribbon bow.

A very dramatic colour scheme but i think the simplicity of the colour palette really shows of the detail i the stamp and die set.



  1. Very dramatic colours but made into a stunning card

  2. What an unusual dramatic card. Stunning. Thanks, John

  3. Hi John.
    This is a WOW card Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Very dramatic, very regal, very nice. A little different to your usual spring like colours of late but all the same a gorgeous card.
    Have fun today xx

  5. Morning John,
    I agree this card is very dramatic, I love it.
    Enjoy your preparations for Ally Pally I wish I could be there but maybe next year.

  6. Hi John. Stunning card, love the black and gold. Enjoy yourself at Ally Pally. Sue XXX

  7. Hi John, a really striking and dramatic colour combo for this card, black and gold do work so well together. Love the layout. Have a great time at the show. Bx

  8. Good morning John. Love the card especially the colour combination. Hope you have fun atAlly Pally. Sorry I can't get there this time - my son is coming from Glasgow for the weekend.

  9. Stunning card, very dramatic.


  10. Good morning John terrific card a real standout love from Jackie xx

  11. A lovely classy looking
    card , i love this.
    Elaine H X

  12. Hi John,
    Very classy - I agree! Love it . I will get that stamp - you do such wonderful things with it. Enjoy Ally Pally!
    Anne M xxx

  13. Hi John,
    what an extremely wonderful card, and so luxurious looking.
    I love everything you have done to create this superb card.
    Enjoy Ally Pally tomorrow I just wish I could go.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  14. I wouldn't normally use black as the main feature, but this is stunning!

  15. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the dramatic design. I hope the set up goes well today. I will be there on Sunday it will be very different with Hochanda there. Enjoy your day. Hugs Jackie

  16. Oh wow love it, wish I was at Ally Pally to see you all, so jealous of Wendy, have a fab time, looking forward to your next card.

  17. Morning John, oh my word what a gorgeous card today, I love the black and gold, fantastic, your a true crafter, through and through.

    I know you are going to be busy today setting up at AP and I will be there tomorrow to catch up with you all.

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

  18. Morning John,
    My this is dramatic, I personally love it but I don't think I would be to a lot of peoples taste.
    Hope the set up goes well.

  19. Stunning card John. Have a great time at Ally Pally

    Love & hUgs
    Jacquie J xxx

  20. Eh up John
    Wow! I adore the dramatic look of this. It's marvellous.
    I won't miss breaking my nails putting the racks up but I will miss having fun with you all this weekend.
    Ang x

  21. Morning John, Love it!! Love it !! Love it !! it is 'dramatic' and 'elegant' and I love it !!
    Enjoy your weekend at Ally Pally, oh how I wish I could be there.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  22. Wow John, what a striking card, just love it. I am so sad I can't be T Ally Pally this year, but I hope it goes well and you all have loads of fun. Love Rosemarie xx

  23. Very regal very beautiful love it have a brill time at the pally
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  24. This is such a striking card, John. I love it.
    Sorry I can't get to Ally Pally.

    Anne (Northampton)

  25. I agree it is a very dramatic card but it is not to my taste. Wouldn't do for us all to be the same.
    Enjoy the show and looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday. Luv jxxx

  26. Stunning card John.
    Have fun this weekend. X

  27. Wow John this is fabulous, very dramatic, Great card for our male friends.
    Have a great time at Ally Pally

  28. Morning John

    This definitely is a dramatic, but stunning, card today. I do like it very much



  29. Wow John this is an amazing card I love it. Yesterdays cards were beautiful, what a contrast between cards.
    Hugs Theresa xx

  30. How gorgeous! The card is timeless in its elegance!

  31. How gorgeous! The card is timeless in its elegance!

  32. How gorgeous! The card is timeless in its elegance!

  33. Hello John

    What a fantastic card. Love the antique look of this one and feel it would be perfect for a man............minus ribbon perhaps! I would probably use twine as it looks more manly!!!

    Enjoy Ally Pally.

    Lol Barbara W xx

  34. A gorgeous card - very dramatic and classy. Have a great time at Ally Pally!

  35. Gorgeous card John. Love it. Looking forward to tomorrow. Taking my granddaughter for the first time.

  36. Hi John,
    Tremendous Card Thanks For Sharing.
    Hugs From Sam xxx

  37. Hi John,
    this card is right up my street. My colours, my die, fab stamp - there is just EVERYTHING in that card that I love. Thank you for sharing and enjoy Ally Pally this weekend.
    Hugs, Rose

  38. Hi John, stunning card.
    Nancyd xx

  39. This card is so stunning. So beautiful. But I cannot follow the instructions. Could you make a video, PLEASE??

  40. Hi John
    Such a stunning card today, looks so dramatic. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow, if I can get anywhere near you.

  41. Beautiful card John, a good man's card I think, good luck at Ally Pally, love Johanna

  42. Beautiful card John, a good man's card I think, good luck at Ally Pally, love Johanna

  43. Hi John
    This card is so striking and in strong colours it looks fab. I can feel your excitement from here, hugs Jennifer x x x

  44. Not normally a great fan of black but find this card stunning. Beat for a mans card.

  45. Hi John,
    Fantastic card today, love how you have used the Ravello die, that is a must have for me.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  46. Hi John. Not sure about this card John. The technique and the design are good, bit for me the colour scheme is a bit too sombre. Not sure whether this is because of how it has come across on my laptop as everyone else seem to like it so much.


  47. Hi John. WOW I think this card is fantastic.Reallyvstriking. Just love the die. Hope everything goes well at the show tomorrow.
    Love Val x

  48. This is an amazing card, John, just love the dramatic look.
    Thank you,
    Sue Mac

  49. Beautifully dramatic Enjoy AP I hope to see you xx

  50. nice card John ,love the colours ,Laura O

  51. Hi John. Love all your strip let cards and this one is really striking. Will come by and wave to you at Ally Pally tomorrow. SueL x

  52. This is gorgeous and very elegant, I love the way you have cut the striplet
    and the lovely stamping underneath gives a fab effect.
    I love the gold and black.

    Have a great time at ally pally, I so wish I was going.
    Really wanted to meet you all and see some fab demos but hubby has started
    his reduncancy so a bit of belt tighting is on the cards for us.

  53. Have a fabulous time at Ally Pally. Such an exquisite card.
    Linda xxx

  54. Gorgeous card John!!! I love that colour! It is one I have actually looked at to see how you have done it and it is lovely!
    Pat Platt xxxx