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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BLACK AND PURPLE.....

Hello everyone: Learning to create CAS cards has been a work in progress for me, it has taken me a bit of time and effort to get used to leaving all that required "white space" on my cards, this style usually is one layer, little or no embellishments and one or maybe two images including the sentiment. Now, the "Less is More" challenge gals are asking us to leave "white space that is NOT white", simple, right?  Well.....I struggled a little about this challenge request until I came across this stamp set by Altenew called "Persian Motifs" and decided to use it to make this card.


I stamped it onto a black card base with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white powder, then I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils in some of my favorite shades of purple and green for the leaves. There it is, no fuss, nothing else added except the sentiment, also heat embossed in white.
I thought of adding maybe a few Rhine Stones or sequences, I even thought of stamping some dots with the Gorgeous Grunge SU stamp set but, the more I thought about adding stuff, the more I was convinced that adding anything would totally mess it up so I left it alone.
It was a bit tricky to take this picture, I wanted you to be able to see the different shades I used on the petals, I hope you can see that. 
This is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Again, just a simple sentiment and a few of the leaves from this pretty stamp set. 
Thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



24 comments:

  1. Really dramatic and lovely . I think you made the right decision to leave off the sequins and other embellishments . Your "white space" is stunning .

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    1. Thank you Sonny, I don't think I've ever done a card like this so, I'm pretty ok with how it turned out.

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  2. One of Altenew's many beautiful Stamos here! Looking stunning colored in Prismacolor Pencils on black, so rich! I think if you had a pretty shade of purple sequin it wouldn't take away from this precious flower at all and still qualify for CAS you're doing a lovely job Maria!

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    1. Thank you Patti, I love this set and I've never done it like this, I did struggled with adding something but, I decided to just leave it as is, although I think a little bling wouldn't have hurt.

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  3. CAS cards are hard for me as well! Your card turned out so very pretty -- I love the shading on that flower!

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    1. Thank you Shoregirl, I'm learning a lot from the DT of this fun challenge, I hope you participate often.

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  4. This is stunning and very dramatic looking!
    Your pencils certainly worked their magic on this one!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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    1. Thank you Chrissie, this challenge is awesome, I love all shades of purple so using a black background really work for this card.

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  5. So eye catching and dramatic - the Altenew stamp set worked perfectly with this background. Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Esther, this Altenew set really help in achieving this really dramatic look.

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  6. The colours of the flowers look stunning against the black, great card. Karen x

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    1. Thank you Karen, black and purple really is a beautiful combination.

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  7. Black is beautiful in this case !!

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  8. Wow! The purple is lovely against the black.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mary, I really love this combination of colors.

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  9. This is one of your best cards ever, Maria! It is so striking and I agree, stopping was the right thing to do: it's perfect! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thank you Darnell, I'm also glad I decided to just let this flower shine on it's own.

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  10. Maria, this is stunning! I love your choice of pencils to color. The combination of those purples and greens, against the black are perfect! Beautiful!

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  11. Thanks Bobbi, this was surprisingly easy to do.

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  12. Your Prismacolours certainly look stunning on black, great design and colour choice. I love that you left it as it is, perfectly CAS.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

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    1. Thank you Anita, I've never made a card with a black background, so this challenge was perfect for me to give this a try.

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  13. This is stunning, Maria! Love the shading of the flower and how the colors show against the black!

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  14. Thank you Bonnie, the pencils really blended so beautifully, I was very pleasantly surprised.

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