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Monday 6 February 2012

Challenge #61 Monochrome Magic

Monochrome Magic
 Hosted by Beth
 For my first ever hosted challenge since I joined the DT I really didn't have to think too hard about what I wanted to do.  I love monochromatic projects and for that reason I have based my challenge around that theme. You can use any colour you choose, it doesn't have to be black, but I want to see your creations made using only shades of one colour. I will allow highlights of one different colour, but it must not be a major player in your project. You can also, of course, use skin tones and hair, but other than that please stick to the one colour.
Any creations entered which do not meet the criteria listed above will not be eligible for our fabulous prizes nor for one of our Top 5 spots. So please ensure your challenge meets the criteria if you don't want to miss out. We are seeing an increasing number of entrants who are either not reading our rules, or properly reading what we are challenging you to do and as we need to be fair to those people who do play by the rules we need to be strict with those who don't.
Please also remember we only accept entries from people who have entered NO MORE THAN FIFTEEN CHALLENGES, so 14 plus this one.
We are sponsored for this challenge by
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and we have a fabulous prize on offer from them It's a two parter and for those of you who watch Create and Craft TV you will know what an absolutely fantastic prize this is as it has sold out each time it has come to air.

Part One IndigoBlu FlitterGlu Starter Kit

Starter Kit with everything you need to start using FlitterGlu

Contains: FlitterGlu Phat Foam Scoochy sponge Easy peasy stamp cleaner Mega-Flake Winter Dawn Plus - FlitterGlu Hints and Tips Sheet

Part Two The Gorgeous 'Love Is' Stamp
We are also sponsored by 
Who are offering a $10 Gift Certificate for their Store to the challenge winner

Digi Doodle Shop is the results of a mother and daughter’s love for the arts and crafts. It was started a little over 3 years ago with a little more than 100 stamps, and has since then grown to almost 500 stamps. Joy (the mother of this team) designs realistic images, while Judy (aka/daughter) loves the “fun side of life”, and create images with a cartoon flair. Having these two complimenting styles have enabled Digi Doodle Shop to offer a wide variety of stamps.

It is a real honor and pleasure to sponsor this challenge, and we look forward to seeing all the amazing creations. We thank the design team for their incredible creations, and wish all the participants the very best of luck in this challenge.
Thank you so much for having us, and again the very best of luck to all of you.
Sincerely, Judy and Joy. 
For my card I chose to use black and white, but instead of my usual black upon white I thought I would challenge myself as well as you and use white upon black for a change!  This is what I came up with:
The fairy is one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps which I stamped onto black card using Archival Brilliance Moonlight White and then embossed using clear embossing powder.  I then used the same ink to colour in the fairy.  The roses and flourishes are made from a Marianne Design Creatables die and the white glitter paper was cut with a Spellbinders border die.  I added some tiny black gems to the border strip as a bit of extra bling.  The following two photos show the card in more detail:

I had great fun making this card and I do hope you all enjoy my challenge as much as I did.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!  If you need any more inspiration, please check out the rest of the DT's blogs.
They have come up with some truly stunning projects!
Good luck to everyone. Love Beth xx
I don't normally do monochrome cards but on the Pollyanna and Pals CD there are lots of lovely monochrome toppers so I used one of those. I choose the topper size I wanted from the sheet rummaged for a black card to fit and found this one. As the size was so close I couldn't do much in the way of embellishing so I went for a punched edge and as I had been playing with my embossing powders decided to add an embossed edge to the card for something a bit different. 
For this, I used a Clarity stamp called Wrought Iron Tree. I stamped it onto white card using a Versafine stamp pad, then edged the card with the same stamp using second and third impressions only. The background was stamped with the top of the same stamp, but using  Versamark, I then used Perfect Pearls in 'Perfect Pearl' to bring out the stamping.
Since it IS February, and my Husband's favourite colour is blue, I decided to make a blue Valentine for him! I know that the dark blue looks black, but it really is blue :) I've used images from Stampin' Up. I decided to tie the card together with a blue pinstripe bow and I'll place a little something inside the card for my DH. I heat embossed the main image. To do this in blue, I inked my image in Versamark, then patted it onto the dark blue pad, stamped the image and embossed it with clear embossing powder. This technique I use quite a bit and it really helps so that I don't have to buy as many double inks (one in regular and one in craft)
You know the times when you colour an image a certain way and then have doubts to you having suitable papers... this was one of those sessions... Thankfully a rummage turned up a pad of basic grey Kraft papers. I have used Tilda with chains from the new Magnolia alentine release coloured up using copics using the brown colour wheel, paired with the basic grey papers and some vintage lace, ribbon and paper flowers.

Vintage Man Card my first. I used paper and card stock in brown and beige . Stamped old car image from Tim Holtz in brown , then edged the watercolour paper with Distress Ink Pad for the old look . Decorated with Lifestyle Crafts Clock Die cut and a old German book page , negative film strip , charm and stamped ticket .
Inside the same...
For this card I used 3 different stamps and then masked and layered. Using a Black Aqua Marker I coloured the images in. The backing paper l designed myself and is available for down load at my blog. I will give a full how I made it on the blog when its time for uploading. The Roses were just ripped out into a circle and then ripped in a spiral. [again all details will be written on how to make them]
I love this look whatever colour is used & some of my designs end up monochrome without me even realising it! I chose a simple design for this challenge using different patterned papers from the Papermania Boysenberry Capsule Collection pad. I punched 4 scalloped squares & placed a teeny white peel off shape on each one. The sentiment is made with a lilac Dymo strip although it looks blue in the pic. I finished the card off with some lilac baker's twine.
I decided to go for green for my monochromatic card. It's all created with white card and Bundled Sage Distress Ink - apart from the stitching detail  and embellishments of course!! The image is a favourite of mine from Kanban - and for some reason whenever I use it, I always seem to reach for the mica powders too!!!

Blue is my choice of colour  for this monochromatic challenge. I used  a variety of  blue distress inks to make the background, the stamps are all from Chocolate Baroque. The border edge  was made with a Martha Stewart punch.
I decided to make a little box for this challenge. And why always brown and grey for Monochromatic themes *lol* - therefore I used pink. I used the milk box die and soft pink card stock from Stampin Up. Coloured the sweet Tilda with flowerpot in pink too and embellished with lace, peals, little butterflies and with a German sentiment -because it's a present for my Cousin and she cannot read English very well, lol
For my card I have used a stamp from MME Stella and Rose Collection and the sentiment stamp is from American Crafts.The DP is from Craftwork Cards. I have added lots of pearls and bling to the lamp image to glitz it up. Lace, pearls, bling and glitter paper are all from my stash.
I chose blue for my colour and used a stamp I've had a while but not inked before.  It's by Hobby Art, from the Butterfly Kisses collection and the set is called Far Away.  I'm not sure about the pearls but they wouldn't come off!  And my lovely DP paper was free with a magazine
For this I went with the classic monochrome colours of black and white with shades of grey in between and I'm quite comfortable colouring in greyscale so to challenge myself I tried a CAS card which is not my usual style.  I stamped image in the corner and coloured with promarkers then cut out tiny 1cm squares and stamped lettering.  The black layering I also added black diamond stickles yum!
When I read this challenge for some reason the idea of classic Wedgwood Pottery came to my mind so I had a go at emulating that style using a mixture of blue distress inks and white embossing powder.  I painted the flower petals with watered down white acrylic paint to try to capture the fine detail you see on the pottery. To finish off the card I added blue pearls and navy blue card.
I too stuck with the classic black and white for my card as it is one of my favourite combinations. I created the patterned paper with my Cameo adding black ink to the edges. The centre panel was cut with spell binders dies . I used the faux porcelain technique to create the white crackled base and then stamped on top  with Hero Arts engraved flowers stamp  adding three layers of clear UTEE on top. The corners of the card  and underneath the spellbinders die where cut with my Cameo and then again three coats of clear UTEE where added to give plently of shine. More details of the faux porcelain technique can by found on my blog.

Like several of the other guys I have opted for blues for my card for this challenge. My usual choice for a Monochromatic card would be Black and White, so I decided to try something a bit different for me and go with blues. Although it is quite a masculine card, I couldn't resist a couple of gems.
Mine just sort of evolved into an orange themed card. I started off with the Maggie and it went from there. I personally find it really hard not to add other colours, especially when it comes to embellishments etc. It seems I am the brightest of the bunch! I guess I just love zingy colours, and orange is one of my favourites.
For my card I stuck with the traditional black and white, but varied it by using my ice grey and warm grey promarkers to colour in the digi stamp from Digi Doodle Shop.  I used the flitterglu and gilding flakes from Indigo Blu to create my background paper and the paper flowers were made using a punch.
Trees, sentiment and white embossed snowflakes are all from the Indigo Blu "Here comes Santa" set, snowflakes look amazing in real life! 

I love Monochrome Challenges and always like to try a different colour from the normal Black and White! I went with this Purple and White Christening Box I made using Papermania papers, 12x12 card stock, Lili of The Valley stamp and a Mo Manning digi Stamp both coloured with promakers.

Before you add your lovely creation would you please check the RED PARAGRAPH towards the top of this post if you want to be in with a chance of winning either of the prizes or a Top 5 position.


  1. Your entries are all so pretty... would love to join up with something later.

  2. I am happy I have found your challenge blog, I adore monochrome cards!!
    Thanks for the inspiration of the lovely DT cards. Now I will have a look on the Indigo site.
    Ciao Blankina

  3. Gorgeous DT designs, thank you for a fabulous challenge!!
    Hazel xx

  4. Great DT cards...and I LOVE this sketch!!

  5. Great DT projects! Thanks for the fun challenge, just what I needed to work on.

  6. Gorgoeus DT creations, many thanks for this challenge,

    hugs Vicky x x x

  7. Hi!

    Sorry, I didn´t know, that the figures have to be monochrome too...I thought, I can color them "normal".
    But it´s no problem...

    See you next time.

    Hugs, Heike

  8. lovely dt work!
    wonderful prize on offer, thanks for a fun challenge!

  9. Joining for the first time. Amazing DT creations! Thank you for the great challenge ( I monochrome :)
    hugs, Miria

  10. Thank you for the gorgeous DT inspiration and fun challenge.

  11. Fabulous creations by the DT. Thank you for a great theme. Best wishes, Jill x

  12. Amazing DT work! Thanks for a great challenge theme.
    Hugs, Outi

  13. Thank you girls, gorgeous dt work. Dx

  14. Stunning creations from the design team.Great challenge.Love Debbie x

  15. I am so sorry that I overlooked the rule about the number of challenges - please delete my last couple of entries. x

  16. Hi Ladies hope you are well wow what stunning DT makes from you all

  17. Beautiful inspiration from the Design team. One of my favourite challenge blogs and I adore Monochrome cards. Cazro

  18. Awesome cards! I like the monochromatic style!

  19. Wonderful creations from the DT - very beautiful!
    Hugs & Happy Crafting!

  20. Sorry, had trouble linking and only the blue frog is appearing. Love your challenge!

  21. Hi I have been trying to leave my entry for your mon
    ochrome challenge for 2 days and I have not been able too. Has anyone any ideas, I am very new at this blog thing!!!

  22. Have finaly managed to enter your monochrome challenge
    with a lot of help from Lin, I cannot thank you enough.
    You have a great site and some wonderful cards on show.
    Good luck to everyone.


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