July Challenge Intro | Black, White & a splash of Colour | Photo Tutorial

Written by Hussena



This is Hussena with a brand new challenge for the month of July. I hope you all had a great time last week with all the Eid festivities! 🙂

Well, now it’s time to get back to work and this month we have a very lovely challenge for you which is to use – Black, White & a splash of Colour on your cards. This is quite an interesting challenge and I hope you will play along with us. A lucky winner will receive a goodie bag worth AED 50 from our store. Isn’t that amazing?!

I have made two cards for this challenge and have a step by step tutorial for them. I have made simple CAS cards with a lot of stamping! I really enjoyed making them and hope you will too. So without further ado, here’s a look at my cards :


Now, for the step by step tutorial for the cards.


Step 1 – Take a piece of white cardstock measuring 4 1/4 inches by 5 and 1/2. Emboss the cardstock piece using the Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder/Border Set: Kaleidoscope by running it through your Sizzix Big Shot Machine. As you can see, I have not embossed the full piece but done it only a bit more than half the piece, leaving some space on the top half of the card for my sentiment and the focal images.


Step 2 – Now it’s time to make the focal of your card. I  picked up the Paper Smooches Clear Stamps 4″X6″ – Botanicals 3 set and stamped and fussy cut my images. I stamped the flowers using the ColorBox Pigment Mini Ink Pad Canary and the leaves using Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.


Step 3–  Now, either you can die-cut a paper lace or punch out using Border Punches. I have used the Cheery Lynn designs- Anastasia Border to die-cut a black coloured border for my card.


Step 4 – I decided to go with a ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment for my card. I stamped my sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The stamp set is from Hero Arts- Find Joy set.


Step 6– And here’s how the finished card looks like. It’s super simple and very easy to create. I have popped up the flowers and leaves on foam dots to give it a bit of  dimension.



Step 1 – I started with a piece of White cardstock measuring 4 1/4 inches by 5 and a 1/2 inches and I decided o create a stenciled background using the Crafter’s workshop- Mini Cubist stencil & Distress ink- Hickory Smoke using the Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool. I created some splatters on my card using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine- Rose Mist.


Step 2 – Once the background was created, I again stamped the flowers and the foliage using the Paper Smooches Clear Stamps 4″X6″ – Botanicals 3 stamp set. I stamped my flowers using 2 colours of ink- Cotton Candy from the Altenew Four Scoops ink set and Papertrey Ink Poppy Ink. The leaves were again stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. These were all fussy-cut.


Step 3 – I used the Cheery Lynn- Anastasia border die to die-cut a border from Black CS, and added a strip of that pretty Washi Tape to my card base to anchor my floral arrangement. These flowers and leaves are all popped up on foam dots to give them a bit of dimension.


Step 4 – For the sentiment, I went for the Simon Says Stamp – Expressions for You stamp and die set. I  die-cut that ‘You’ using black cardstock and the ‘are loved’ is stamped. I distressed the edges of the piece using Altenew Cotton Candy ink pad.


Step 5 A complete look of the card. I mounted it on a white card base whose edges I had colored using Altenew’s Cotton Candy ink so that a hint of the pink shows through the all four sides!



Supplies used :

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Gray & White

Bazzill Cardstock 12×12″ Classic White

Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder/Border Set: Kaleidoscope

Paper Smooches Clear Stamps 4″X6″ – Botanicals 3

ColorBox Pigment Mini Ink Pad Canary

Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black

Bazzill Cardstock Orange Peel Black 12×12″ Cardstock

Hero Arts Acrylic Stamping Block

Hero Arts Acrylic Block 4.75″X 6″

Crafter’s Workshop Template 6″X6″ – Mini Tile Texture

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool 1″

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – June-Hickory Smoke

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz 3/Pkg – Sweetheart

Altenew Four Scoops Ink Pad Pack

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Mini – Worn Lipstick

Washi Tape – 527

Ranger Tim Holtz Tools Waterbrush Nib Detailer


To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create a project with the colours- Black, White & a splash of Colour.
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “ July 2016 Challenge – Black, White & a splash of Colour.
  3. All entries are due by July 31, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


  1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.

I hope you like my cards. If you have any questions/queries, please leave me a comment below. I will be happy to help 🙂

Have a good day everyone!

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