Black is the new… Black

Today’s cards are 2 of the cards I made yesterday after learning so many ways to create masculine cards from Altenew Academy’s “For the Guys” course. One of the inspiration cards in the course was a pop art card, which led me to think of making this card.

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I  used my Shimmerz “Licorice Stick” Dazzlerz paste through the “Diamond Pattern” stencil from Imagine Design Create. I love this paste as its so creamy and smooth and so shiny once it dries!  The sentiment comes from Altenew and was heat embossed using gold Wow Embossing powder.


I had alot of paste still left on the negative part of my stencil and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so luckily I had watched the videos over at CAS Mix up challenge about Stencil monoprinting, and I just pressed another card over my stencil to pick up the leftover paste. I really like the mix media effect it gave to my card! For the sentiment, I used the leftover foil I had from yesterday’s post to give it a colourful shine! I first stamped the sentiment onto a black circle diecut, using iCut’s Transfer Gel, let it dry before running it through my laminator.

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Isn’t that shine awesome? I even love the leather texture the paste gave to my card! These cards were so simple to make, which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Well, I hope you have a great weekend and do lots of things that make you happy. I’m off to Munich for the day with my teenage son… to bring him shopping of all things…or rather he’s going clothes shopping with his friends while I hit the museums!

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I’m sharing the first card with:

color throwdown.jpgThe Color Throwdown

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

the male roomThe Male Room – My 2nd entry to their Birthday challenge

And the second card with:

moving along with the timesMoving along with the times – For the Boys

stamps n stencilsStamps & Stencils – Industrial/Grungy

CAS mix up.jpgI went with stamping, diecut & foiling

just add ink.jpgJust Add Ink – Photo inspiration


21 thoughts on “Black is the new… Black

  1. You’ve certainly got the hang of masculine cards. I do like the clean, crisp design – super work. Thanks so much for playing along with our Birthday challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT.

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  2. Wow – love both of your cards with that great shiny paste Gwendolyn! Your stencil monoprint looks wonderful with that wavy texture and partial coverage – and the colorful sentiment is great with the black! thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! Julia xx

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  3. Fabulous cards, Gwendolyn. Gosh that paste is so shiny and smooth, love the Black on White contrast. The geometric stencil is so eye catching and looks wonderful with your shiny foil sentiment. Thanks for sharing your stunning creations with us at Just Add Ink this week.

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  4. I had never tried doing a stencil monoprint with leftovers from embossing paste. How clever, Gwendolyn!! I will definitely have to try this next time. Your second print is so artsy, fun, modern, and masculine. The foil adds lots of colour. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  5. Hi, Gwendolyn. It’s Marge again. Your these cards are all so fabulous! Love your mixed media works. I never used this color palette now I’m inspired by their beauty. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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  6. Wow…such beautiful black and white geometric designs, Gwendolyn. I think I prefer the more artsy and textured 2nd card with the foil shine sentiment. But both are wonderful. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Isn’t this technique great for using all that ink or whatever mixed media product left on a stencil?!? Hugs…

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  7. Great cards Gwendolyn! I love how you used your stencil twice and the contrast of that colourful sentiment against the black and white background. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

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  8. Both cards are fabulous Gwen! Your first card is beautifully classic and elegant and the second is just as striking and a little bit fun too with the fabulous rainbow sentiment! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

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  9. Lobe your white & black geometric background with the gold sentiment! Terrific design! Thanks for playing along with us at The Male Room for the Birthday challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

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  10. Fabulous idea to use the negative part of the stencil for stencil monoprinting. Love it! Going to try that with my stencils at home. Fantatic card! Love the bold black and white contrast and then the beauitful foil shimmer for the sentiment. Thanks for sharing! Thank you for playing along and supporting us this week at Just Add Ink. Rochelle xo

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