Wednesday 6 November 2013

Sassy Salutations on a bit of festive... black?!

Hmm. You might feel that black isn't usually associated with the festive season but I hope today's card will change your mind! It was inspired by the 'dark background with a splash of colour (s)' theme over at Less is More this week. Come and see:

I made a panel out of black core'dinations card stock and heat embossed my sentiment in gold. The aperture was cut next, using my quick and handy 2 1/2" circle punch, and leaves (cut with my 2 step bird punch) laid around the edge to make a wreath. The wreath was embellished with gold brads, candy dots and ribbon before I mounted the panel onto a black card base.

Here's that gorgeously festive stitched grosgrain ribbon in Real Red - doesn't it make you want to sing carols?!

And here's the sentiment from Sassy Salutations. I love the way it's picked up the texture of the core'dinations card stock.

Finally an arty-looking shot to show you how dimensional the card is!

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Sassy Salutations
Ink: None!
Card stock: Basic Black smooth and core'dinations
Punches: 2 1/2" circle and 2 step bird punches
Other: Versamark, Gold embossing powder, heat tool, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, candy dots,  gold brads (from stash)

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My youngest son told me he'd enjoyed his Spanish lesson at school yesterday. They had learned all sorts of useful tips for eating in restaurants in Spain he told me. The tips turned out to be a phrase meaning 'No thanks, I'm saving myself for pudding' and the recommendation that you call all the waitresses 'signorita' regardless of age or marital status in the hope of getting an extra drink! I may have to take this last recommendation up with my son's teacher at parents' evening I think!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Wow, the colourful wreath really 'pops' on the black, doesn't it? Very nice!

  2. Hi Vicky
    Wow this is gorgeous..... Fabulouus idea it....
    Hugs Sylvie vxx

  3. Vicky what a stunning card love your wreath


  4. Clever use of the leaves punch Vicky... you've given me an idea :)
    Lovely card.
    Suzi B x

  5. VERY striking card. I LOVE it xxx

  6. Gorgeous Vicky, the wreath is stunning.

  7. Love your wreath Vicky, what would we do with out the ubiquitous bird punch:) I'm liking the idea of black Xmas cards.
    Val x

  8. I think a black background looks really stylish for Christmas cards, Vicky, the wreath looks great against it. Wouldn't mistletoe or a Christmas tree look nice too?
    Good to know your son is learning useful life skills as well as Spanish! xxx

  9. This is beautiful Vicky, really striking. As Curtise says the black background is stylish and it really showcases the wreath perfectly.

  10. A beautiful and stylish festive design Vicky, I really must get my bird punch out and use it again!

  11. A fab card Vicky. Love the wreath and large gold sentiment. Away to dig out my bird punch! Xx

  12. GORGEOUS Vicky and no, I wouldn't have said black was right for Xmas, but as you say this proves it can be,

  13. I think the wreath is beautiful and the sentiment is very elegant! Great work.

  14. Vicky, your wreath is absolutely gorgeous… and the black background just sets it off perfectly. I'm going to have to CASE this for some of my crimbo cards :0) love the way you got dimension in the design too.
    Jenny x

  15. This is so elegant and eyecatching! x

  16. Absolutely gorgeous, Vicky! I'm giggling over the Spanish lesson. What great phrases and tips! I think your son is all set for his first trip to Spain. ;-)

  17. Many apologies for my extremely late visit.
    I was at a craft show on Friday and singing in a choral concert on Saturday!
    This is gorgeous Vicky, simple and fab!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  18. This is beautiful Vicky! Great idea with the leaf punch and the sentiment looks great!
    Lizy xx


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