Apr 18 2008

Stamp Simply Challenge #31 – Black Accents

Published by at 12 05 am under Challenges,General Purpose Cards

Keyword ssnotime31-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

The challenge this week is to use black accents on your card. That’s it — anything black at all as an accent. I LOVE to use black accents, and pretty much everything I’ve done for the past week has black accents — I use them often. I love the way black will just POP your colors!!! Can’t wait to see what you all do!!! Just have fun with it!!!

As always, try to stick with our overall theme of *stamping simply*. Here are some samples:

Check out Julie Koerberssample.

Check out Dee Jackson’s sample.

Check out Tammy Hershbergers sample.

And we warmly welcome threenew and totally AWESOME sample makers this week:

Check out Jennifer Buck’s sample.

Check out Janine Orchard’s sample.

Check out Becky Oehler’s Sample.

Now, is that an AWESOME CREW, or what!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

And my sampleis below.

Remember when you upload to use the keyword above, followed by a comma.Please come back here to post (as a comment) that youve played, and provide a linksowe can check out your card right away. You can find all cards uploaded for this challenge by clicking Gallery Submissions Here.

Some wanting to play said they have never uploaded before. If thats you and you need help uploading, just go to my Challenge No. 1 here.


I made this card using one of Flourishes latest releases, Siberian Iris. It is 5.5″ square. I think my black accents are quite obvious here — and, yes, still playing with my new Martha Stewart punch and making black butterflies — totally addicted to them!!! Maybe this phase will wear off soon — LOL!!!

The bottom is SU DP and the top is FlourishesDamask background stamp, which is one of my all time favorites! I stamped it in Versa Mark and then brushed it with a pearl colored pigment powder — you could use Pearl Ex or Ranger or any brand — then you wipe off the excess with a Swiffer cloth. I then sprayed that portion with Krylon Workable Fixatif to set the powder and prevent it from rubbing off — it also gives it a nice sheen.

The main image Iris is colored with Copics and, sorry, but I don’t have the colors. I colored this the day my set came in and I set it aside and didn’t use it right away, and I neglected to write down the colors — sorry. This Iris image is quite large, so I cut and embossed it using a rectangle Nestability by Spellbinders, and then framed it narrowly in black. Since the card base is black, I will line the inside of the card with the yellow before I write in it.

The Siberian Iris set, Damask background, black velvet ribbon, black dotted sheer ribbon and the Nestabilites were all from Flourishes. Oh, the Inkssentials Opaque White Pen was also from Flourishes (used it on the flower center — a great white pen).

  • Stamps: Siberian Iris and Damask from Flourishes
  • Paper: Black, White, Office Max Yellow, Amethyst Prints DP from SU
  • Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black. Copics to Color. Inkssentials White Opaque Pen by Ranger.
  • Accessories: Black Velvet and Sheer Dotted Ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, SU 1 1/4 and 1 3/8″ punches, Rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Krylon Workable Fixatif, Perfect Pearls, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Pot Dots.

An answer to a question about Nestabilities — a couple readers have asked in comments this week what Nestabilities are. Nestabilies are dies made by Spellbinders that you run through a die cutting system (such as a Cuttlebug, Wizard, etc.) to cut your paper. You can emboss with the dies as well, and they cut more than standard cardstock. They come in sets of graduated sizes so you can make frames and mats as well. One way to look at it,is that they take the place of punches — butare much smaller, lighter and easier to store — andthey give you many more options than a punch. Check out the Spellbinders site to see and learn more about all the different dies that are available.

Thanks again so much for stopping in!!! Hope you can find time to play — there is no time limit — you can play any challenge any time you like!!! Hope you all have a great weekend!!! Oh, and I am still on my 10 Minute Card kick, so that’s what you can expect out of my next few uploads!!!

EDITING TO ADD — NEWS FLASH!!! I don’t know where I have been, but I just found out that Flourishes has added some of the newly released Basic Grey 6 x 6 paper pads to their in store inventory — they are wonderful papers — Boxer, Sultry and Sugared. You can check them out here!!! (LOVE those 6 x 6 pads!)

66 responses so far

66 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #31 – Black Accents”

  1. Tammy says:

    Gorgeous Sharon, and this challenge was really great! Those little butterflies are getting a workout in your studio, but they’re so perfect for so many projects! You put them to fine use!

  2. leslierich says:

    So fresh and pretty, Sharon! I absolutely love the satiny background and your black butterflies. You’re pretty darn crafty with those Copics — gorgeous coloring!

  3. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    This will be quite a challenge for me as I rarely use black unless it’s to mount an image on! Thanks for encouraging me to think outside the box!!

  4. Janine says:

    How beautiful Sharon!! Thanks so much for letter me be a part of your team… Looking forward to it!

  5. JoAnn says:

    Gorgeous Iris, Sharon. I really like the pearl powder on the Damask…very pretty. And as always, you are the queen of using black to pop your cards. Here’s mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/887429?cat=547

    I hope to play again tomorrow after the Spring Fling.

  6. Dee says:

    Oh Sharon, what gorgeous coloring!! This card is just Gorgeous!!

  7. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon this is beautiful! I love how you used the yellows to compliment each other. The black elements gives the card so much excitement.
    You are doing so wonderful with your copic markers.

    Thank you for the challenge!


  8. Amber H. says:

    Lovely card, Sharon. I love using black on my cards to help pop the images out more. I have caught myself layering on black first before any other color.

    Here is my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/887436?cat=500&ppuser=817

  9. What a beauty, Sharon! I really love this! This was such a fun challenge! Thanks so much for doing all you do! Take care and have a wonderful day! 🙂

  10. Velta says:

    Elegant Sharon! I have got to go and get one of those Martha Stewart butterfly punches…I just love what you are doing with it 🙂

  11. Carla says:

    What a great challenge, Sharon! I love using black as an accent! Your card is gorgeous and so are all the other samples!
    Here is my card:
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Gorgeous card sharon, will have to give this challenge a try.

  13. peanutbee says:

    Awesome challenge…I’ve been ooohing and aaahing over your black accents all week…especially the butterflies.

    Here’s my card:

    Thanks for the fun challenge!

  14. Wow Sharon! That card is fabulous! Love just the little pop of black from that cute punch! Wonderful coloring too! I have seen that little butterfly flitting and floating on cards and have loved every creation. Me thinks I need this punch! 🙂

  15. Sherry says:

    GORGEOUS card, Sharon!

  16. Debbie Olson says:

    Perfectly lovely, Sharon! You’re on a mission to make me buy that butterfly punch, aren’t you? 😛

  17. Pat Adam says:

    I don’t know how to do the upload but did do your challenge. I’m Julie Koerber’s mom and my sample is on my rubbermaid blogspot.
    Love the beautiful card you used as a sample. The iris is a georgeous stamp. Pat

  18. Rose Ann says:

    Your coloring looks beautiful, and I love your dimensional butterflies! Soooo pretty, Sharon!!

  19. Stacy SCS Twinshappy says:

    Beautiful Sharon! Wonderful coloring! I am doing challenges in between house work. hee hee

    Here is mine:


  20. Michelle Woerner (sfnerfan) says:

    Happy Friday Sharon! Love your card -love the black butterflies!! Here is my card:


  21. Lois (clownmom) says:

    This card is just gorgeous, Sharon. I think I have commented on how pretty that iris is before. I can’t wait to get my hands on mine. I had very little time to stamp today — one bunch of company left this morning and another batch is coming later today. I did take 15 minutes to do the challenge, however. Here’s my very simple card http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/887805?cat=5879

  22. Karen says:

    And who woulda thunk black butterflies could be so beautiful! I love the iris too! Wow!

    Here is my card with black accents:

  23. Kay Kalthoff says:

    Hi Sharon!
    Here is my card . . . you have to read my blog . . . I did this card and then read your challenge and it was the same as my card! WOW! Are we on the same wave length or what?? lol!
    Thanks the the challenge!!

  24. Your card is beautiful! I never would have thought of using black butterflies. Here’s my card for the challenge…


    I used black brads as my accent. Thanks for the challenge! ~Dannie

  25. Isaiah40:31 says:

    Hi Sharon – After looking at and saving so many of your challenges (which I hope to one day complete) I actually made a card that fits your challenge for today. I love the way black accents make things pop. Thanks for your inspiration…

  26. Hi all! I am actually posting a link for my mom who says she’s too computer illiterate to figure out how to post a link!!! 🙂 She isn’t – just intimidated I guess. You can check out her card here:


  27. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    Your card is gorgeous, love the butterflies. My black accent is chalkboad, love that technique. Here’s mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/887840?cat=12976

  28. Deb Neerman says:

    Hi Sharon, happy weekend!

    Wowza, this card is simply gorgeous! I am now coveting that punch, too, LOL!

    You can find my entry here:


    and, I’ll also post to SCS.

    Thanks so much for yet another wonderful challenge!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  29. I love your card and the sampled from the design team! I just HAD to try for myself!

  30. Krystal says:

    Love your challenges! This was another fun one. Here’s my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/887973?cat=500&ppuser=97730

    Thanks so much. Have a fabulous weekend!


  31. Judy says:

    what a fun challenge this week Sharon.
    here’s my card…http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/888021?nocache=1
    luvin these little guys… I am usually flowers…this is out of the box for me, kind of like it!

  32. barb schram says:

    Love this card, Sharon. I love your wonderful challenges!

  33. peanutbee says:

    Here’s another one…that I forgot to link (oye, where’s my head?, LOL!). Totally fun challenge. Thanks Sharon!


  34. Julia (Artystamper on SCS) says:

    Hi Sharon! here’s my card using black accents – framing and butterfly antanae!


    Fun challenge – black always makes everything ‘pop’!

  35. teresa kline aka va.sunshine says:

    Luv the look of black, great accent color. Thanks for the fun! Here is mine:

  36. Deb Wood says:

    Gorgeous, love the flower and the black accents are wonderful!!

  37. Deena says:

    Beautiful!! I love the dark butterflies! Hope to play later!

  38. I just LOVE your iris card! Beautiful with the butterflies. Thanks for the challenge!!! I answered this challenge by combining it with today’s Inspiration Challenge, and my card can be found here: http://mrsboz.blogspot.com/2008/04/paisley-ic124-ssnotime31.html

    Thanks, Sharon!!!

  39. Susan says:

    I’m working on a mistake this week! Come look at how your black fixed it, Sharon!



  40. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, Thanks for this challenge. I card lifted (or what ever it is called)
    your idea of February 8.

    You can see my card at: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/888679?cat=500&ppuser=164883


  41. Latisha says:

    You are secretly enabling all of us to get that butterfly stamp lol. I’m not sure what link to give you
    here is the one on splitcoast

    its on my blog too >”< have a great weekend!

  42. StampMom says:

    Thanks for getting me to use more black, I’ve been stuck on white and vanilla for too long. Here’s my kickstand card to celebrate an upcoming college graduation: http://stampmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/simple-inspiration-double-challenge.html

  43. Aura Battis says:

    This challenge was great. I have actually been using black a lot lately, I love how it makes any color more vibrant and makes a pretty bold statement.

    Here is mine. Thanks again for the challenge. I love everyones cards!

  44. WOW! Another stunner! I love the black, and the background with the pearl ex is gorgeous! Love it!

  45. Anja says:

    Hello, this is the first time I have uploaded a card for your challenge.
    I love to check your blog, your work is so beautiful!!
    Thanks for sharing that with us.
    I don’t know how to tell you where my card is, on splitcoast,
    my username is scrapperdown and I have only posted 4 cards so far yet.
    A couple years ago I was introduced to stamping and I loved it right away but my computer skills are not so great, now I have started a blog,
    But it is nothing compared to yours!
    Thanks so much, Anja

  46. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for the fun challenge! I love the rules – to keep it simple and that there is no time limit. I found your challenge/blog today while looking at recent submissions to SCS. How exciting and inspirational! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/889457?cat=4073

  47. Robin K says:

    This is my first time playing along. Here’s my submission:


  48. JoAnn says:


    Here’s another one, Sharon. I did it for FS and didn’t realize it fit until I took the picture.

  49. Lynn says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Here is my card: http://thequeensscene.blogspot.com/

  50. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Just LOVE playing along with your weekly challenge! Your sample is gorgeous as are your “helpers” samples! I have two cards this week. Thanks again!!! Here they are: #1: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/889716?cat=500&ppuser=95678
    and #2: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/889726?cat=500&ppuser=95678

  51. Angela R. says:

    Here’s one I did today, Sharon: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/889900?cat=500&ppuser=71773

    Love this challenge!! Thanks!!

  52. Lindsay says:

    Hello, Im a newbie to your blog… I saw this challenge and wanted to participate…. here is the link:



  53. Carolyn King says:

    Stunning…love all the black accents!

  54. Joanne Leddy says:

    Great challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Here’s my idea …. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/890029?nocache=1

  55. Juliana says:

    I did mine on Friday–but the camera was out of batteries and I was on my way out of town.

    But here it is: (Second card on the post)

  56. Helen says:

    Here is the bridal shower card that I thought fit the challenge very nicely. My daughter-in-law made it and I photographed it to show the “Biddies”..only wish the picture was a bit better. I really like the vellum on the dress. Thanks for a great challenge. Helen


  57. […] camera is found! I had time this weekend to try out my new set Baroque Motifs. Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge this week called for black accents so I embossed in black. The first card I did had the flourish on […]

  58. Heather T. says:

    Here are my cards, I had fun making them with the flourish from Baroque Motifs, what a lovely stamp that is. Thanks for sharing your creativity.


  59. Donelda says:

    Sharon, your card is stunning!! I also love adding black accents to any card…I find that they make a card POP!!

    Here is my card using one of those yummy black velvet flowers from Maya Road — they are soooo beautiful!!

    Thanks for the awesome challenge.


  60. SmilynStef says:

    Better late than never … I finally had a chance to play … here are my cupcakes with a pop of black:


  61. Lois (clownmom) says:

    I did another iris card using a black accent around the main panel. I don’t think I will ever get tired of this stamp. Here’s my Sultans Ruby iris — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/905781?cat=500&ppuser=72594

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