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Saturday, 14 March 2020

The Black Magic Garden

Hello crafting friends!

I still haven't got over the excitement of being the guest designer at Just Us Girls for the whole of March! I loved coming to visit everyone who played along this last week, and being amazed at your beautiful healing cards. There's a brand new challenge this week:


Doesn't that make you want to head straight for the craft room?!! It certainly did me :) I went for a Black Magic technique - come and see:


I started by using white craft ink to stamp a design of leafy stems and flower heads over a black card stock panel. Once it had dried, I coloured over the white ink using watercolour pencils. Once all the craft ink is covered with colour, adding white highlights really brings the design alive! I used a uniball gel pen to add dots to my floral scene and it gives a mystical look that made me feel that there could be fairies about to peep around the flowers!


Once the design was completed, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodles and mounted the panel onto coordinating card stock before attaching it to the card base.


To ground my garden scene, I chose a graphic banner from my Concorde & 9th Hello Sunshine set. I was delighted to find that a birthday sentiment from  Altenew's Birthday Greetings fit into it nicely. I coloured the banner with an alcohol marker and cut it out, popping it up on dimensionals. The card was finished with coloured gems to add to the magical feel.


I hope you're inspired to come and join in the fun and link up your creation at Just Us Girls! There are so many different options you could try - and you'll find heaps of amazing inspiration from the regular team :)

Absolutely delighted that this card won an Honorable Mention at Fusion :)
CHALLENGES
I'm joining in with the Fusion challenge where I fell in love with the inspiration photo and used the tree 'frame' shape as well as the colours in my card. I'm also linking up with AAA Birthday, where the theme this month is Flowers, and The Flower Challenge where Anything Goes in March.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
I don't want to peak too soon or anything but I think spring might have sprung here! I'm writing this on Friday and this afternoon I took the dogs out WITHOUT A COAT!!! I know! It doesn't seem possible does it?!

Happy weekend!

37 comments:

  1. Hi, Vicky! What a creative way of using black! I love the background and all the "white" movement - like magical little lights! Beautiful card! hugs, de

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    1. Thanks Donna! it was fun to revisit this technique!

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  2. A Fabulous card Vicky, love the black base and the pop of white, stunning.
    You certainly popped too soon if you were around here, it's cold and wet today LOL. Although the plants are shooting up and thinking Spring.
    Faith x

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    1. It's just begun to rain here too Faith - but I have hope! And all the buds are budding and the birds are busy - nature carries on regardless of the news. x

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  3. You are super sweet Vicki! We are the lucky ones you do great work and this card is beautiful!! Can't wait to see what you do next week! HUGS!

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    1. You are so kind Nancy! It's fun to see how everyone thinks differently when coming up with ideas for each theme isn't it?! Can't wait to see your creation next week too :)

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  4. Oh WOW, this is totally stunning, love it.

    Kath x

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    1. Thanks Kath! A bit of a swerve from my usual style! x

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  5. Beautiful Vicky, I love this technique. the black makes all the colours pop :)

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    1. I haven't used this technique for years! Had forgotten how much fun it is!

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  6. How amazing does that look! Loving how your purples and especially the white, pops against the black background. Awesome card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

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  7. Beautiful card & I have yet to try this technique ~ Yipppeee to not needing a coat ~

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    1. Go for it Karen - it's a fun technique! It's raining today but I deeply appreciate not having to wear a coat for a few hours one day!

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  8. Amazing technique . .. love the card you've made. Quite different for you too.

    Sunny at the mo, bit better temps, still windy . . . but a cold night due! Brr!

    Elbow bumps xxx

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    1. It was fun!
      Hope you're having a good stress-free weekend :)
      Virtual hugs (I believe these are safe!)
      xxx

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  9. Excellent job using the technique!

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  10. Vicky this is stunning and such a brilliant technique - one I haven't used for such a long time - might just have to give it a go! - Jacqueline xx

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    1. I had great fun with it Jacqueline - go for it! xx

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  11. Love Love Love! The pretty florals pop so beautifully against the black background! Thanks for playing along AAA Birthday and I hope you will join us again next month Vicky. Sandhya DT

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  12. How beautiful those flowers are against the black background Vicky. You certainly made it pop with your 'magic' uniball pen. Lots of dotting there.

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    1. LOL - are you saying I went a bit dot-tastic Ina?!!

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  13. This is truly stunning! The white stamping and then coloring and adding all of the white dots and detail is very dramatic and beautiful.

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  14. It's a beautiful card with a magical feel as you said! Love how you used the black magic technique on your card! Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge!

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  15. This is so pretty! Love the vibrant colors contrasting on that black background. Thanks for joining us at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join us again. Tina DT

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    1. Thanks Tina! Such a fun technique and it really does make the colours seem more vibrant doesn't it!

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  16. What fantastic use of the black background. Those flowers look stunning! Great job with the challenge.

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  17. You're right, Vicky. I feel like I can walk right through those flowers into a magical garden. Lovely card and great technique.

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    1. I think we could all do with a magical garden to escape to at the moment Bobby!

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  18. Apologies for late commenting; mind has been elsewhere. Your card is beautiful and magical!
    ~carol

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Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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