January 22, 2008

Black and White with a Splash of Red

I made this card for one of the VSN challenges. The challenge was to use black for your main image panel. I decided I wanted to try out the bleaching technique, and I failed miserably, but I love this card!

I kept the layout fairly simple since I was reading up on a new technique, to me at least, so I started with a 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" Basic Black cardstock base. I then layered a piece of Whisper white in which I had stamped the leaf image from Embrace Life in Basic Black ink. The main panel is matted on Real Red.

To start my main panel I stamped the image in Whisper White Craft ink and then heat embossed it with White embossing powder. I then took Clorox bleach and an old watercolor brush and put bleach on the inside of the flower petals. Do you see a difference? I don't. That is why I failed miserably in my bleaching technique. I even went over it 4 or 5 times until I couldn't stand the smell of bleach anymore and gave up.

I tied a simple basic black bow under the main image panel and added my sentiment punched out with the word window punch.

Do you remember last week when I mentioned I got the Billy Blanks Elite Boot camp? Well the Mission One DVD has been nice and easy and I feel like I've been back to the gym, so I love it. I did that 4 times last week and the schedule says to do Mission Two today. It kicked my butt! I exercise after I've dropped Colin off at preschool and after I've had a little breakfast. Today I feel like I can't move. Muscles I didn't know I had are hurting even while sitting still. I hope tomorrow when I have the Mission One DVD on my schedule I can actually move. LOL! At least it's a good kind of sore, but I have been falling into a dead sleep the moment my head hits the pillow.

Have a great Tuesday! We are dealing with snow here, and the roads are absolutely awful.



Flossie's Follies said...

so elegant, love how you used the read to break it up

Mistylynn said...

I think bleaching is a hit or miss thing. My SU demo friend said that the clorox ulitmate care bleach works better because it's thick like a gel, we didn't add water. Hmmm. Sorry you're sore but I totally feel your pain. I did an OLD taebo work out and there was this muscle in my forearm that was killing me after it. Keep it up GIRL!

Tara said...

very cool card!! I love the splash of red! You have made want the embrace life set! :)

Laura said...

Love the card Jenn! It's so striking. You know bleach gets old and loses it's effectiveness to oxidize. I also like the new, recently new bleach pens...they are gelled or something, but I think it helps keep it fresh in some way! Your card turned out terrific anyway!

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! Jaw-dropping gorgeous!! It's so striking like that! Way go to on the workout, I need to check into that, big-time!

Tina said...

Stunningly beauiful card. The bleaching thing for me is hit or miss too.