Monday, 1 August 2016

A little Drama...

Happy Monday,

I promised to show this card last week but due to the shows I had last week and the failings of my camera I had to delay it!  So today's the first chance Ive had to show this one.  This is a sample I made for my shows with Sue Wilson's die range a couple of weeks ago.  I have to admit I made this in the morning of the shows as I was watching Sue herself on catch up ( and was inspired to make this card.

I stared by cutting the arbour gate 4 times, twice in vintage gold and twice in gloss black.  I cut the centre gate section form each of them then overlapped the outer farmers, black on gold, with an offset shadow.  Next I cut a strip of bright white foundation card the same width of the gate sections.  I then stuck the gates onto this, gold over black, using the 2 sets along the length of the card.  I overlapped the edges using the trellis at the bottom of the gate as a guide.

Next I cut a series of frames using the double pierced circles dies, in the gold and black and made a card base of layers of the gold, black and an embossed panel of white.

Next I stared the layering by adding the largest frame over the panel in the centre.  I then added the outline gates over this.  Next I added, with foam tape of course, the centre gate sections.  I added the other frames and decorated the whole piece with different sizes of black stick on pearls.

I cut the requisite poppies in gold and tipped the edges using a smoothie with jet black archival ink.  I cut the centres from the same die set in the gloss black and added the new gold microbeads in the centre with Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

I cut a series of the olive branch die in the gloss black and with some black twine and gold thread from my stash I arranged these around the largest frames.

A few more layers and, of course, stick on pearls and finished!



  1. Very dramatic card today, John. I love it. Thanks.
    D x

  2. Hi John
    what a stunning card love the colours and the gate die thank you tracyw x

  3. Hi John.
    A brilliant card Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Hi John, a stunning and opulent card, very intricate. Have a great day. Bx

  5. So dramatic John. Like it. Joyce x

  6. Such an amazing card. As soon as I saw it I thought clock. I can see it with the clock mechanism in the centre. It would look fantastic on anyone's wall!! Nicola Xxxxx

  7. Morning John, saw this on Hochanda and loved it then, so did so many people that, so thankful you have put it on your blog. I am also like Nicola above who can see a clock in the middle, what a lovely card for a man.

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

  8. What a beautiful card John, it is a work of art. When I look at the Arbor Gate die I see a gate - you have seen so much more. Now that's talent!

    Maggie B xx

  9. Dramatic colours John. The gold micro beads really set the flowers alight.

  10. Morning John,
    Wow this card is absolutely stunning, very dramatic.
    I love the way you have used the gate die set.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Hi John
    Ingenious way of using the arbour gate. It looks so regal.
    Anne M xxx

  12. Hi John and crafters all,
    Beautiful card, just received my pierced circle dies, now need Arbour gate.
    Yes like other comments a clock would love brilliant in the centre.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  13. Morning John, a beautiful card.
    Nancyd xx

  14. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! What a totally stunning card-love it.


  15. Eh up John
    Thought this was marvellous when I saw it and still do. There are some cards that make you "Oooh", "Ahhh" and "Wow" and ones like this that make you do all three!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  16. Stunning card John loved it on hochanda
    Love June Horrocks xxxxx

  17. Good morning John this is a stunning card the design is so elegant. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  18. Morning John, Very 'dramatic' and very 'beautiful'. I love the colours you have used, I love the compilation with the die-cuts, and I absolutely adore your flowers, they are so pretty.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  19. Morning John,
    A very intricate card, love the colours.

  20. Hi John
    A beautiful card, very dramatic.
    B xx

  21. Morning John
    I have been following you since before you returned back to Britain. I love watching when you demo on Hocanda.
    I pick up so many tips and tricks.
    Many thanks
    Annamieke from the land down under

  22. This is stunning, John. Love the poppies.

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Stunning card john x love everything about it x
    Theresa w x

  24. Hi John, I loved this card when I saw it on Hochanda, it is truly a work of art, thank you for sharing it. Particularly like the bit about the overlapped "the outer farmers" in your first paragraph of the description. Thought it was only me that dud that (lol). Have a great week. Love Rosemarie X

  25. Drama away, John. This card is STUNNING - right up my street with the colours, too.
    Hugs, Rose

  26. Fabulous card John and certainly dramatic in its colours, I love the blooms, they're gorgeous, Kate x 😉

  27. Good morning John wow what a dramatic card I love the design and your choice of colours. Love the flowers to. hugs Shirleyxxx

  28. Beautiful card John

  29. Gorgeous card, I love the drama of it.


  30. This fard is fantastic John.
    Love Val Xx

  31. Wow, that's some work of art. SueL x

  32. Lovely card using the arbour die - great.
    Sue Mac

  33. Hi John
    Today's Card Is Extremely Exquisite I Just Love It I Love The Outstanding Colour Combination Thank You For Sharing....
    Hugs From Sam xxx

  34. A stunning card, thanks for sharing.

  35. Oh my this is unbelievable - love it. A video tutorial would be great!!!! Regards Marie - Australia

  36. My Oh my! Very opulent I'd love a tutorial too

  37. Dear John, I think it is a beautiful card! I love the colours you have used.

    Thanks for sharing is with us.

    Love from Holland


  38. Wow! This is gorgeous. Saw it on Hochanda. Looks even better here. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  39. Dramatic drama at its BEST!

  40. Hello John,
    What a beautiful card and I love your flowers. They are gorgeous! Sorry I've been missing but been away for a few days!
    Thank you, love Myra

  41. Only ever normally look at Sue's blog, John, (time constraints) but raining today and having a wee adventure!
    Totally stunning card - very inspiring - love your overlapped farmers! Will attempt similar.
    Have to say, do like watching your shows, you make a great demonstrator and have learned so much plus a multitude of little hints and tips.
    So a big thank you.

    'P' in Wales

  42. Hi John
    This is a beautiful card it is so striking love what you have done, thank you for sharing X X X

  43. What a beautiful card brightens up my day. Your hints and tips are always so helpful.

  44. A massive WOW from me, John this is a work of art.
    Absolutely love the whole design and the beautiful gold , black and white.

  45. Wow John, this is stunning! love it. So glad you have finally shown in on here.