Monday, 24 February 2020

Red and Black Leaves....


I am loving doing Leaves in different colours at the moment, so today's are Red and Black.
CAS Watercolour Challenge is a colour one of Red and Black
and
CAS Mix Up is to Stencil from Die Cuts....My choice is heat embossing and Die cutting

Here is my card.... 

I have used a few red colours of Brusho's and one of Lindy Powders, activated with water
and then wrapped in cling film and left to dry.
The ones on the left are on gloss card and the ones on the right water colour card.
Huge differences when you used different card.
I used the one on the right as it was 'Red'.

I die cut the leaf and stencilled with black gloss paste onto a die cut mat layer.
The Red leaf was die cut twice, so that I could individually cut some leaves to add dimension.
Finishing off with stamping and heat embossing the sentiment and a branch die cut for it to sit on...
Ironically I love how the photos have come out and they show the shine from the 
Lindy's (for once) and the stencilled leaves....
However.... I cannot get the photos to look like my actual card, which is Red....

Thank you Joanna and Marcia for the fun challenges.
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Mix Up Challenge - Stencil from die cuts......
Honoured and thrilled with my top pick - Thank you x.
CAS Watercolour Challenge - Red and Black
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything Goes so long as you include Stamping

61 comments:

Jo said...

Well you did it again, as you always do :D This card is definitely out of the ordinary and I do love the brightness of the die cut watercolour pieces. Against the black card stock, it absolutely adds to this beautiful card.
Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Hi Macm I think no matter what, your photos do your card justice and show your STUNNING card, it is so wonderful and gorgeous and WOW!
Faith x

Marcia Hill said...

WOW! This is one GORGEOUS card Mac! I'm loving all the black...soooo dramatic looking AND elegant too! AND, I'm loving all that shine too! And the red....it really is red from where I'm looking Mac and it totally pops against all that black! Lovely, lovely card my friend! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Cat Craig said...

Absolutely stunning, Mac. Love this. Its shouting winner to me.

HilaryJane said...

This card is superb, as ever. I am so glad the shine shows in your photos even though the red colour hasn't come out so well. I love how you have created the dimension with the red leaves, very clever. The shiny black can be viewed as a shadow or another set of leaves depending how you look at it. Great idea to place the sentiment on a branch too . I am so pleased to see another card from you xx

Maria said...

Gorgeous vibrant pink leaves! Wonderful embossed black leaves, too! What a stunning card...well done!!

Susan said...

What a truly beautiful card, Mac - love the red watercoloured leaves, paired with the stencilled black ones!

Interesting to see the difference between the watercolour paper and the gloss card! Good to know how to get the more vibrant colour!

I Card Everyone said...

SO beautiful, and I'm so in love with your magical panels, Beverley! Such a gorgeous card, and awesome way to use that die cut!!
=]

Donna Ellis said...

Wow wow WOW! Mac, I am blown away! First of all, anything with EP grabs me. I love the black "shadow" of your magnificently layered branch, done with a homemade stencil and black gloss! WOW! Until I read your process, I was not sure if you had two branches, or one with cut up leaves, and I see it is the latter. Covering up the "seam" with the black detailing is pure genius because it also looks amazing, in addition to helping the design!

I did not know that watercolor powders could be used on glossy cardstock. I assumed (we know what that means) that because they are watercolor based, they would never dry on the glossy. Do you use a heat tool to help that process along? While the colors are far more intense on the watercolor paper, I bet the glossy paper has a different texture entirely - or does it lose it's luster with the watercolor pigments?

I couldn't even decide where to PIN this fabulous masterpiece, and finally opted under "leaves", but I truly want to case this card. Thanks for the inspiration today! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so gorgeous! The red leaves just pop against that black design.

Mac Mable said...

Hi Donna
You are always so kind in your comments to me and I really do appreciate it x.
I did not use any heating to dry the powders/water Donna....The wrapping in the cling film seems just to dry them.

I have sprayed starch in the past and that just freezes them and really does produce extra special and unique effects.
No lustre loss at all with the gloss card .....

Just to make you laugh.....When spraying water or starch be careful how close you are, as on the gloss card they just woosh away!!Ask me how I know? x.
Pin away my friend...I am flattered x.
Hugs Macx

Liz said...

What a striking card, Mac! I love the beautiful design. xx

wannabcre8tive said...

Mac, your leaves are gorgeous. I love the use of the black gloss paste. It gives the leaves such a look of elegance.

Mrs A. said...

Another beauty. You come up with such superb ideas . Hugs Mrs A.

Bonnie said...

This is AWESOME, Mac! WOW! Love the shiny stenciled leaves and the red Lindy's leaves make for some wonderful texture and shine! So classy on the black card base! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Mac! Love your bright red layered leaves and the one done through the stencil in shiny black. Fabulous design with the layering of your card front as well. Always love to see your creations ... this is STUNNING! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up! xx

Julia Aston said...

What a great look you have created Mac with the layered red leafy stems and the embossing on the black - a beautiful card! xx

TK said...

Sorry, lemme try this again! This is a FANTASTIC card, Mac, love the Linday colors and the design!

Christine Alexander said...

Mac OMG what a stunner, the black really makes the red pop and love the gel creating black on black.

aussie aNNie said...

Striking colours Mac, lovely with the cling wrap on the inks, always looks fabulous...love this..xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Such a clever way to combine these themes! I love the dramatic red on black - stunning!
So great to see you playing at both CAS challenges:)

Greta said...

Creative, striking & beautiful!

kiwimeskreations said...

WOW Mac this is so dramatic - love the black gloss paste through the stencil, and the extra dimension on the red leaves. A fabulous card
Blessings
Maxine

Anita in France said...

What a beauty, Mac ... bold, dramatic, elegant ... kind of little black dress meets chic jewellery! The glossy black is gorgeous and acts as such a delicious foil for those dimensional, shimmery red leaves! Another stunner in your collection! Hugs, Anita :)

Ros Crawford said...

This is stunning Mac! So dramatic and you nailed those challenges! Thanks so much for sharing at the CAS Mix Up!

Linda said...

WOW! This is stunning, such a statement piece. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

Trina P. said...

Only you would think to use leaves with a black and red theme! Such a striking card, Mac. Fabulous use of the cling wrap background technique. Love all that texture, dimension and shine.

pam said...

Stunning card Mac, love your colours and wonderful design,
Pam x

*Vicki* said...

Mac, your design is just eye striking and gorgeous! I love the way the spray starch tech turned out on your red leaves! It's been a while since I've made panels this way, but love the results! I love the black background with your embossed leaf pattern as well! Always fun and inspirational to see your cards my friend! HUGS

cuilliesocks said...

WOW Mac, what a gorgeous card, it's designed beautifully and I love your fabulous backgrounds. Wonderful leaf images, very elegant design, Kate x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Just talking about swoon worthy - here is another stunner from you!!!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Simply stunning Mac, wonderful vibrant red against the black and loving the black glossy leaves and fabulous card, thanks for sharing with CAS Watercolour, Robyn

Robyn Oliver said...

Simply stunning Mac, wonderful vibrant red against the black and loving the black glossy leaves and fabulous card, thanks for sharing with CAS Watercolour, Robyn

nancy littrell said...

Your Gorgeous red and black heat embossed card is perfect for both challenges, my friend. I can just imagine all the beautiful shine and texture of your CAS design. TFS Hugs...Nancy

Dortesjs said...

your leaves are gorgeous. love the way you did them with cling film and so on

Craftychris said...

Ooh this is soooooo cool! Your red leaves are beautiful. xxx

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card is gorgeous! Love the black base with the pop of red! I adore the Saran Wrap technique. I still have a background that I am hoarding from the first time I tried it. That is very silly of me I should use it!

Viv said...

ADORE IT. 'NUFF SAID! xx

MiamiKel said...

OH my goodness, this is such a visual! I love the creativity behind it and inriqued at the cling wrap - I didn't know that! This is just so pretty I don't know where to look first :) Hugs!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

This is a stunner, the red and black together look brilliant. We're doing embossing on our challenge this time over at Crafty Cardmakers, you might like to join in....maybe! Just a thought. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Brenda said...

Oh my, what a stunning card Mac! Loving that leaf die you used. I also love the red and black leaves-looks so pretty! I need to try the cling wrap technique, I've yet to try that. It looks so cool looking on your beautiful pieces of card. Funny how different card gives different looks of vibrancy too. On the gloss paper it looks more pink, but your card one looks very red. I learned something! Hugs, Brenda

Trina P. said...

I’m going to sound like a broken record but... CONGRATULATIONS on your win at CASMU! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
What an amazing day for you, Mac, and all so well deserved!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Another delight to see today Mac and wonderful to see those die cut leaves displayed so boldly. They certainly pop against the black background, red and black is always a winner in my eyes. Your so neat with your execution, i'd need to wear gloves or get ready with a butterfly cover up if this was mine. Stunning to our eyes *Sigh* makes me want to go get my craft on hee hee!!
Sending hugs for the weekend & I hope all is well? The weather sure is pants atm :( Tracey xx

aussie aNNie said...

BIG CONGRATS lovely lady on ALL of you wins lately with this and the card below...way to go.xx

BoลผenA said...

WOW! Another stunning card, Mac. I love the shine and flickering of the red branch, it looks amazing in combination with a black, glazed branch. And everything looks perfect against a dark gray background. Perfect in every way!
Hugs,
BoลผenA xx

Diane said...

Wow, fabulous technique and what a lovely color and design.

Hugs Diane

Papercraft Boutique said...

Fabulous card, Mac! The red leaves have so much interesting texture and the glossy black leaves make a wonderful contrast to the red ones. The black "white" space looks so cool!
Congratulations on the CMU top pick this month! :-)
Hideko xx

Viv said...

Another stunning card Mac! loving the black and pink too so dramatic.Another great technique too ;) Viv xx

Inkyfingers said...

This is such a stylish design Mac and I love how you layered up those beautiful red leaves.
Hope you are having a good weekend!
Hugs
Carol x

Pat said...

How gorgeous Mac and I love the leaf stem with the extra leaves in that bright and beautiful red with the LM pearly look, and the black embossed stencilled one on to the right, and they stand out beautifully against the black card. Congratulations on winning with this, how could you not. x

Greta said...

Big congrats on the well-deserved win, Mac!

Barb Ghig said...

Well, CONGRATS to you, once again, Mac! This is such a stunning card...WOW! I am so impressed with all of your beautiful techniques..., especially on black! Way to go!!!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I'm loving the different coloured leaves too. The beautiful, bright pink gives a perfect contrast to the black. Beautifully CAS x

butterfly said...

Ooh, that's fabulous! Those glossy black on black leaves gleaming, and then the vivid shimmering pink stems with that brilliant extra dimensional movement... what a treat of a card!
Alison x

Marina said...

Like poisoned fairy tale leaves....sinister and beautiful.

Margik said...

So beautiful, Mac! The color contrast in the leaves looks fabulous. A creative design as always!
Mar :)

Mia said...

This is an amazing card, Mac. Great idea to use the negative of the die cut to make the black leaf. The red one is beautiful with the added leaves. And as I have never tried Brushos on gloss card, only on water color cards, I am grateful to see the differences. Hugs, my dear friend.

Katrin79 said...

Wow, the card is so great with this black background. The pink glows totally.
Katrin x

Karen Dunbrook said...

wow....see, I'm so behind in commenting as well.
Your leaves look amazing....so artsy and wonderful.
xx Karen

Patti said...

Hello friend : )

BEAUTIFUL!!! card!! I really love the beautiful papers you created and used to cut your leaves! coupled with the shine on the black leaves are so striking!! amazing design : )

BIG (((Hugs)))
Patti

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Mac, I see why your card was picked as the winner! Wow, this is just beautiful and I love the way you created it. I didn't even know there was black gloss and it just shines.