Happy Friday! Hooray, it is almost the weekend, which I know many of us are looking forward to! :)

This week’s CASoloy challenge “Monochrome” and Muse challenge #105 both feature the use of a monochromatic color scheme…. very fun, and indeed challenging! The inspiration of creating a two-toned card was so intriguing, that I couldn’t wait to try and see what I could come up with!

In fact, I had so much fun with this, I ended up creating two cards, out of which I have created a two part mini series for you today! For part one of  this series, I have this black and white thank you card where I used masking to achieve a very modern, yet elegant feel.

 

Merci_1

 

I began by creating mask inside my Silhouette Studio, by typing up the word “merci” in an Arial Black font set to 88 pt. I cut this mask out of some scrap cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo; for now I was only going to be using the negative, and I set the die cut letters aside to be used a little later on.

I cut my card to 3 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ (folded), and positioned the negative of my mask in the center of the card. Using the “Music Notes” background stamp from Heidi Swapp, I cut out the top section of the music notes from the stamp and positioned it in a “wave” along my clear block. With some Jet Black StazOn ink, I stamped the image inside the negative of the mask until it was filled. Before removing the mask, I took a black multiliner and outlined all my letters to give them definition.

 

Merci_2

 

Now I brought in the letters that had been cut out of the cardstock; I applied a bit of removable adhesive to the backs, and laid them over the letters I had just created. Bringing in some tinsel Heidi Swapp color shine, I splashed on a few droplets of ink to add some interest to the card front. I then removed the letters and erased any remaining adhesive from the card front.

I stamped the flourish along the bottom portion of my card front using the same Heidi Swapp “Music Notes” stamp and black ink; I then trimmed along the edges of the flourishes, to create a nice edge on my card. The 1/4″ area that I had now cut off I planned to fill with some black paper.

 

Merci_4

 

Cutting a piece of black textured cardstock to 3 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, I adhered this to the back of my card front using dimensional adhesive, to help give the card a little bit of dimension. I also tied a black ribbon around the top of the flourish stamp and applied some Wink of Stella clear glitter to both the “merci” letters and the black textured paper.

 

Merci_5

 

I’ve really enjoy making my envelopes match the card that it comes with, so using the same process as for the letters on the card front, I created the “merci” sentiment along the bottom left of the envelope. I also stamped the music note stamp across the envelope flap to tie it all together.

 

Merci_3

 

While I am not a huge user of black, I really liked how this monochrome card turned out! Be sure to stop over to check out part two of this mini-series here…  “Monochrome Cards Part 2: Wishing on a Star“.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Challenges

This card is submtted into the CASology week 134 “Monochrome” challenge and the Muse challenge #105.

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