Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A little gold...

Happy Wednesday,

Well I thought it was time for a little gold, did I say little this card seems to drip gold but hopefully in a tasteful way.  I think its the background that really stands out in this card.

I stared by stamping the stunning butterfly background from justrite in perfect medium onto coconut white foundation card. I then added the new Cosmic Shimmer Gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it.  This background is a negative so the pattern is revealed in the backing card with the gold area framing the pattern.  I then hand cut this into this fall shape.  The great thing about stamps, and backgrounds in particular, is that you don't have to use these as they stamp you can cut them out or into them.  This to me at least makes these so flexible.
 Next I cut two of the garden circle die, one win black and one in the white, the white die cut I added perfect medium to and the  covered it with the gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it.  This makes a stunning sparkling die cut with very little effort!  I offset the ball die cut behind this to emphasise the detail and added this to the top of the die cut flag with a strip of black seam binding.

Next I added a bow made form gold silky crush ribbon with a black seam binding bow on top.  I added one of the diamante and pearl embellishment from the Always and forever collection by Craft Consortium ( these were on the Wedding show with Julia Watts last week).

A few layers of black and white and finished perfect for a golden wedding or other occasion but definitely a statement card!



  1. John, beautiful card today, thank you for the demo's yesterday they were fab to watch xx

  2. Morning John,
    Thanks for another beautiful, different card. One stamp, one die and a bow, WOW.
    Saw you demo this on Hochanda - loved all your shows so much just going to watch them again .
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxxx

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you they were great shows yesterday Thanks for all the tips, Have fun Kitty.

  4. Hi John, a gorgeous card, gold and black is always a winning combo. Great shows, lots of inspiration. Have a great day. Bx

  5. Just one word for this - gorgeous!
    Maggie B xx

  6. Morning John. Yes it's morning already !! Great shows yesterday and this is the card that wowed me most, it's amazing, stunning, incredible and so regal. I love love LOVE it.
    Hope you have a lovely day, you've certainly brightened mine thank you ☺ xx..

  7. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love it. I really enjoyed your shows on Hochanda it is so good that Hochanda is back on Freeview. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Morning John, oh thank you so much for putting this card on your blog today, I fell in love with it when I saw it on Hochanda yesterday, and then later in the afternoon you did the black and white window square one which gave me the opportunity to see how the stamp and embossing powders worked - yes I had to add them to my basket - I didn't realise that you free hand cut the middle bit I thought it was a die, silly me, why get a die when you can do it so easily by hand. Thank you so much once again, love it.

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

  9. Stunning card, really enjoyed all your shows. Watched them all yesterday.


  10. Hi John
    Fabulous shows and this card is a stunner! Love it!
    Anne M xxx

  11. Hi John
    A beautiful card, that background stamp is gorgeous.Your shows were excellent.
    B xx

  12. Good morning N
    John. A really sumptuous card. Your demos were so inspiring- thank you. I especially loved the one you did with smoothies and colour cloud at 9am. Will try that today.

  13. Morning John,
    This card is absolutely gorgeous, I might just do my version of this for a invitation for Golden Wedding party I'm organising, For the guests of honour as its a surprise party.
    You are an inspiration to me but keep tempting me with new stuff all the time lol. Must resist at the moment, I have to finish these two patchwork quilts I'm working on.
    Have a great day

  14. What a stunner, John. So good to be able to watch you on TV again - I caught a bit of the evening show but have the others to still look forward to.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. Gorgeous John, just watching you do this one as I type, xxx

  16. Morning John,
    I like all of the card except the die cut at the top, looks a bit top heavy to me, sorry John. Thanks for all of the handy tips you gave us yesterday, great shows.

  17. Gorgeous card John. Love the shows. Great having freeview back. G. xx

  18. Great shows yesterday. Looking forward to seeing you again on our screens next week. SueL x

  19. I like the design in general but agree that the die cut at the top makes it look a bit top heavy. The lovely background could stand alone without it and still be really lovely.


  20. Hi John
    This card certainly makes a statement. I also think the due cut at the top isn't needed. However, it wouldn't stand out so much if the card was made in a paler colour. But love the initial design. But it would suit someone else's tastes though. Good job we all don't like the same thing though isn't it. I've recorded your shows, so will sit down later today to watch them.

  21. Good morning John,
    I love that justrite die, it is so pretty and different. I loved the use the you had of making it frame the design the other day when you cut it 4 times around. Your black layers just so nice and fine that they pop the white just lovely and add that touch to your lovely card. Thank you John for another piece of inspiration,
    crafty hugs
    Norah McPhee

  22. Morning John, another lovely card for us today, missed some of your shows yesterday, so now I am off to watch on Catch-up

  23. Morning John, I watched you demo this card yesterday, very beautiful and very elegant, I love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  24. Beautiful. Enjoyed the shows!

  25. Very elegant colour combination. Thanks for the shows and inspiration.
    Sue Mac

  26. Fabulous card John



  27. A very opulent card today John, love it.

  28. Eh up John
    Absolutely divine. The colour combo is muted opulence.........not screaming it, just barely a whisper. Very classy!
    Enjoy your day at Annettes. Say "Hi" to her and P & J (no choccy cakes for you lol!)
    Ang x

  29. Hi John. Love today's card. The black and gold colour combination looks so decadent and the design adds even more class. Thanks for sharing.


  30. Hi John This is so classy I fell in love with it when it was on the show (so glad freeview is back )Looking forward to more inspiration from you. Thanks

  31. Hi John loved your shows yesterday and this little beauty has the wow factor loved seeing it demoed thank you love June Horrocks xxxxxxx

  32. An elegant card, love gold and black together! I hope you are rested after your shows.
    Linda xxx

  33. I love the card as it is But you know what, I think I would have liked it even more without the circular die cut on it

  34. OOH I love it, it just shouts out elegance.
    Especially in black and gold and those bows are beautiful.
    I must get my hands on that sparkle embossing powder.

  35. Hi John, a really regal and elegant card love the black and gold.
    Nancyd xx

  36. Gorgeous card John. Tried to watch shows on Catchup but wouldn't loaf. Will try again today.

  37. may be dripping gold John but it is stunning BEAUTIFUL,Laura O

  38. I LOVE this card in all its glory!