Saturday, 17 October 2009

Allsorts challenge 23

Welcome to week 23 of Allsorts challenge and this week it my turn to host the theme. I have come up with a sketch with the added twist of a monochrome Christmas. I think many of us think shades of black and white for monochrome but according to the ancient Greeks "μονόχρωμος" means "a picture done in different shades or a range of tones of a single colour".

You would not believe the problems I had following my own theme her and ended up making the card three time, the first time a lovely card, but then Oh dear.......didn't I do a sketch to follow ? That just about sums up my week.

So here is what I finally ended up with. The main image is Penny Black 3997K Majestic stamped onto Bazzil cardstock using Versafine satin red and embossing with detail clear. I used this stamp for a sample board for Sir Stampalot a few weeks back and they tell me is has been oh so popular, I think it's the pure simplicity of the image which lends itself to so many card designs.

I used the same ink and embossing on the three panels stamping with one of the flourishes from Inkadinakdo 97632. The greeting is that favourite of mine Penny Black 3995F. The corner was created using Martha Stewart embossed scallop and the holly and leaves from punches. I added a spotlight to the tree to add interest and distressed the edges of the mats and DP's which are from K&Co's Winter Wonderland pad, using Tim Holts worn lipstick and fired brick. Pearl gems added to embellish here and there.

17 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow, this is such a gorgeous Xmas creation. Love the monochromatic colour combo and its a great take on the sketch.
Hugs
Desire

Kari said...

This is a wonderful card,Brenda!Love the colours!
Have a great Saturday:)

Hugs,Kari:)

Lynda said...

This is just fabulous Brenda - absolutely adore that tree it truy is magestic.

Love Lynda xxx

Sally H said...

That's gorgeous! I love it. I really think I might have to buy that tree!

Lisa said...

Hi Brenda, Gorgeous card! Love the tree. Thanks for the fab challenge this week ~ I loved making my card.

Lisa x

Lynne K said...

Beautiful card. I really like the monochromatic look, & the sketch is great.

eiyiyi said...

Wow, great sketch and your card is simply gorgeous. That Penny Black tree is a stunner. Another job very, very well done. hugs, eileen

Silli said...

wow, Brenda, your card is beautiful, I love that tress, the colors are fab! Hugs and happy day! Silke

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Very beautiful Brenda, you have used such gorgeous colours. I love both the stamps - I still think the sentiment is the best Christmas one I have seen.
Clare x

Hope Jacare said...

Beautiful card Breda and I adore the red tones - just lovely! x

Beryl said...

This is such a gorgeous card. Love your distressing of the mats and the bp is lovely. Great sketch too.
Beryl xx

Lorraine said...

I adore your monochrome card quite classy, super blog. Lorraine x

pinky said...

Brenda it is gorgeous, the colours are beautiful and i love the distressed feel to it all. Beautiful stamp.
Pinky

Tracy said...

Glad you told us about the monochrome thing Brenda, I just think black and white. Love your card and looking forward to using your sketch.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Merry said...

This is so different and beautiful. Really love how you used the circle pop out in the tree.

Nilla said...

Wow, Brenda! Being away for a week and coming back to your wonderful creations, all these at one go!! Love them all! Hugs Nilla

craftimamma said...

Lovely sketch Brenda and the card you (finally) came up with is fabulous.

Lesley Xx