Hello, today I’m showcasing the Black & White Designer Series Paper Pack from the July to December Mini Catalog. I’m not sure why, but I was in a Halloween card mood today. My new Halloween stamps won’t be here until Friday and, a week or so ago I was shopping in the thrift store in Dassel and found a cute Halloween stamp set from 2001. I love shopping at thrift stores, it’s always an adventure! I don’t usually buy retired stamps but this set really caught my eye. I had to search the internet to find the name, it’s Tricky Treats.
Even though these stamps are retired, I decided to share these cards with you because the Black & White Designs paper IS current and works well with any stamp set. I used several different layouts and cut the paper in different ways.This image is colored with Stampin’ Blend Markers. I’ve added a piece of Metallic Mesh Ribbon and some Pastel Pearls.
- Basic Black base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
- Basic Gray 4″ x 5 1/4″
- 5 pieces Black & White Designer DSP 1/2″ x 3″
- Basic White 1 1/2″ x 3″ for focal image
First place the strips on the card and adjust to the desired positions, then carefully pick them up one at a time and adhere. I like using liquid glue so that I can wiggle them a bit. There really isn’t any rhyme or reason to the placement, sort of tipped back and forth.
My second card also has a focal point that has been colored with Stampin’ Blends. The ghost was left white and the background was colored with the Dark Starry Sky marker. It got a bit dark over the words, so the Color Lifter Marker was used to lift some color from the words and make them more visible. This layout uses a single piece of the Black & White Designs paper which is adhered on the right edge of the card. This card has both some Metallic Mesh Ribbon and some Black & White Gingham Ribbon as well. It’s finished off with 3 of the white, Classic Matte Dots.
- Basic Black Base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
- Black & White Designs DSP 3″ x 5 1/2″
- Basic White 1 1/2″ x 3″ for focal point
This final card also has a 3″ x 5 1/2″ piece of the Black & White Designs paper but this one is centered on the card front. A strip of the Metallic Mesh Ribbon is off centered over the designer paper. There are 3 Iridescent Rhinestones placed at the corner of the witch focal point. To color the witch and cat, a mix of Light Black, Dark Black, and Dark Smoky Slate colors were used.
I also wanted to mention that if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Wall that Heals traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial take the time to see it. It was in Winsted, Minnesota this past weekend and although I didn’t get there to do a guided tour, I did go spend an hour looking at the displays. About 20 years ago I visited the original in Washington DC so I was a bit prepared for how sad it would be. It was 3/4 the size of the original and seeing how tiny the names are and how long the wall…58,000 sons, brothers, daughters, husbands, wives…didn’t come back. So many lives changed, even those that did come back. Why do people want to hurt others?
On a happier note, I’ll be sharing some more cards made using the Black & White Design DSP in the next few days.
- New items have been added to the SALE-a-bration Event
- The Tree Lot Dies SALE-a-bration item has been sold out and is no longer available
- Perfect Partner Dies – coming in September – watch for more information
- New Kit! Cozy and Bright available starting August 3
- Creative Cards Class has a second class opening! Now there will be a two classes on the second Wednesday each month, one at 9:30 am and the other at 6:30 pm. Next class is August 10