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Black and White ONLY

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Hello, and welcome to our Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop! This month there are nine of us highlighting the theme of “Black and White Only.” Do not adjust your monitor – everything is really in black and white like old television and newspapers. πŸ™‚ Think of this blog hop as a great big circle, so you may start wherever you land and follow the link to the next blog post to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Melinda’s black and white blog post, you are on the right track!

Today I’m also participating in Mojo Monday’s weekly card sketch challenge. Just for fun, I used card sketch 284 as my inspiration for this black and white card. The beautiful thing is each card artist can create their card based as strictly or loosely as they want. I started very strict and then let loos and put my own spin on it…. and I had to add the sentiment because it was too plain without words. I tell you, using only black and white was a challenge for me! I always add in a third color like yellow, red or purple. I like bold colors. So, it was a challenge to refrain from using any accent color, but after fighting it I gave in and was pleased with the results.

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I started with the CTMH For Always paper packet because it’s black, white, new and gorgeous! I love the reversible papers in this set, so I used two sheets for the patterned portions of the card, and I use the “zip strip” from the leading edge of a sheet of paper to act as ribbon down the left side of the card.

I used the current Stamp of the Month for March “Floral Happiness” ($5 with each $50 product purchase) to stamp the sentiment on the front and the inside:

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Then, I added three adhesive gems from the Opaques Licorice collection.

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I love this beautiful color-ready Colonial White Rosette Ribbon and trimmed the bottom with it using glue dots under each rosette.

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Keeping the rosette theme going, I cut a black rosette and a 1/4″ smaller white rosette with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge and added a black and white rose sticker from the For Always My Stickease Assortment set. I was using some scrap paper for the white rosette, and this close-up show I should have used our White Daisy cardstock instead, since our cardstocks are specially manufactured to be cut crispy with electronic die-cutting machines. Lesson learned!

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Instead of tying a bow at the top left of the card, like the Mojo Monday 284 card sketch, I used a whimsical polka dot rose from the fabulous Claire Assortment collection. Instead of brads, these roses have an adhesive dot and are ready to stick to your project. I love that time-saver!

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Here’s one final shot of my card…

blog-happiness in black and whiteThanks for stopping by to read my blog post! Please continue on to Shirley Ross’ blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the Black and White Only technique Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and “happy hopping!”

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