Monday, 19 December 2016

Black and white Monday...

Happy Monday,

A strong Black and White card today using the centres of the Pacific Ocean collection.  I simply love the way these tessellate together to make complex or simple patterns.

I simply used a variety of the hexagonal shapes to make the pattern in the black foundation card. I then mounted the other shapes within the Tahiti die set to layer through the black and white.

I just love the simple way the Black and white works although I know it's not everyones cup of tea!

I made up the starflowers using variegated black and white adding stick on crystals ( form Craft Consortium) to add some shine and shimmer.

For the foliage I used the Family Tree die cut in gloss black and gloss white snipping the tree down to make the foliage.

The sentiment is from my Rose elements clear stamp set which is one of the first sets I designed and use my favourite font the Draft Handwriting which has the lines on as if it has been drafted.

I thought he black and white would be a good antidote to the bright Christmas colours that are everywhere at the moment!



  1. I use hexagons quite a lot in my card making so I love this card - a variation on one you did a while back. I think out of the two I prefer this one because I like the flowers on it and I think the other one you did was plainer.
    Have a great day.
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  2. Hi John, what a fabulous card design, love the monochromatic colourway. Have a great day. Bx

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

  4. Morning John
    Stunning card today.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Good Morning John
    This idea is so clever and effective. Stunning card.

  6. Saw you make this at Phil's shop, it's fab.
    Annette x

  7. Morning John, a stunning card love the monochrome cards.
    Nancyd xx

  8. Stunning card today and I love the black and white! ThanK YOU

    Maggie B

  9. Good morning John and crafters all,
    WOW I really love this card!!! Monochromatic is so elegant, always looks sharp!! The flowers and leaves from the Family tree really set this card off.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  10. Stunning card-very striking.


  11. Morning John, A very bold and striking card, I'm absolutely loving the foliage and flowers.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. Hi John
    A great card, very dramatic.
    B xx

  13. Morning John, yes a stunning card again today, these hexagon dies really are lovely, I have them all so will have to have a play.

    I hope you are ready for Christmas, I still have some cards to write and get into the post.

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

  14. Good morning John, striking card, monochromatic is so elegant
    Marion S x

  15. Very striking card John. Love the black and white. Xx

  16. What a lovely card, John. It would be great for my quilting friends.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. Wonderful but not one of my fave fonts !!!!1

  18. I love this card and it looks even better in real life, made me buy the die when I saw it. Just had to look up what tesselate means, ha ha. SueL x

  19. I love it! I love the colour combo, the dies you've chosen , the simple sentiment/font It's a definite my kinda card

  20. Hi John. Great cards today. Black and white always works. Sad to say I didn't know what tesselate meant either, it is very early in the day for long words (lol). Love Rosemarie X

  21. Hi John. Great card again today. I always like the way you can build patterns using hexagons because I used to do a lot of patchwork when I was younger and so, of course, I love the card.


  22. Morning John,
    What a great card, love the design, so clever.

  23. Good Morning John this is such a striking card and very useful for the men in your life for sure without being to stark, its stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

  24. Wow what a striking card John, beautifully designed too, Kate x 😉

  25. What s beauty John love it black and white never fails to please
    Thank you love June horrocks xxxxxx

  26. And another WOW from me, this is positively singing to me. How beautiful.
    Hugs, Rose

  27. Replies
    1. Hi John, have been away for a few days so have been catching up on your posts. Lovely cards as usual I think my favourite day was Friday when you posted a selection of your Christmas cards, so many lovely ones to choose from. Loved the first one and the flower wreath.

  28. Hello John,
    Lovely card as was yesterday's ! I lost yesterday to Migraine so slept for most of the day! Trying to play Catch up now!
    Love Myra

  29. Eh up John
    I'm with Wendy about the font but this is a brilliant geometric design which would be great for the fellas too without the florals.
    Ang x

  30. Hi John
    Love this card and the dies you've used. Great for a mans card in any colour.

  31. Hi John this is a stunning card. I do like the combination of black and white. Those hexagon dies are amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  32. Love this card John. As has been said would work well for a male card or anyone that likes a card without flowers etc., thank you for sharing.

  33. Black and white always looks stunning.