Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Drama in Black and White

  • Dazzle without color
  • Black and white Easter Eggs
I read a comment from a photographer once who said, "Color wants to dazzle your eye and mind so much that at time it tires."  I'm constantly looking on-line for card ideas.  Sometimes I see so many colors together in a card that I wrinkle my nose and turn away because the color choices and card design lack synergy. I'm drawn back to back and white.  It's not just the simple absence of color; its the drama you can create with a simple black and white.  Almost any creation in black and white can create drama.  Take a look at the eggs in the basket I created as part of my Easter display this year. 
    The drama of black and white.  Click for larger image

 The  Occasions Catalog includes the Simple Stems stamp set used on this card.  Its a design I've used  before, updated with stamps available now. I cut three layers of flowers and added dimensions between the layers.  The sentiment is also raised on dimensionals.  The butterfly is hand-cut, with wings folded up from the body to add more texture to the card.
    Simple Stems Thank You Card.  Click to see a close up image.
    Stamps: Simple Stems (133098-w; 133101-c); Flowering Flourishes (131998-w,126367-c), Papillon Potpourri (132058-w; 123759-c) 
    Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black
    Inks:  Black Stazon
    Accessories:  Small Oval and Large Oval punches, Essentials (126187) Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals.

    These eggs were so easy to make.  There great conversation starters.  Simply use your paper piercer to make small holes in each end of an egg.  Blow through the top hole until the contents of the egg flows out the bottom hole.  I made my husband a very large omelet Sunday morning with the contents from the blown eggs.  After washing the eggs I dried them and once dry, I used a Black Sharpie Pen to create the designs.

    Eggs designed with a Sharpie marker pen.

     The eggs were designed with a Black Sharpe and look wonderful in a white milk glass basket I've had forever.  What are you designing for Easter this year?

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