Feb 19 2009

Stamp Simply #75 – Black Ink Only

Keyword ssnotime75 -There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!)can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Today’s Challenge is to use Black Ink Only — I often make cards using BLACK INK ONLY, and I can in all honesty say it is one of my VERY FAVORITE ways to create a quick card. I hope you enjoy it, too!!! And today this means NO COLORING of any sort – no markers, no pencils, no chalks, no inks — just black ink only. Now, if you can color with black ink only, that’s A-OK!!! LOL!!! No other restrictions, anything else goes!!! Have fun with it!!!

Some great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today can be seen on the blogs of these designers:Heather, Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJ, Jennifer, Becky, and Julie. Please bear with us as we are all uploading and linking on Thursday night.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

What wonderful samples!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

Heres my card for today, using Black Ink Only:


I find stamping with Black Ink Only to be fun, quick and easy and it most often yields a crisp and sharp, striking result, which is what I am often after. I really like how this card turned out. I used many new things I just picked up from Joan’s Garden, and as you can see, this is a very easy card to make. The image was one bundle of branches that I stamped 3 times, then tied a ribbonaround each bundle. It is simply matted on black and mounted onto a card base with some DP. My large brad coordinates with the paper pack. These brads have the large prongs on them – I think you all know what I mean. And on this card I had no layers to hide my prongs between, and I didn’t want them showing on the inside of the card, so I just cut the prongs off close to the base with a little wire cutter. Two quick snips and they were off. I had to use 3 of the big, fat SU Pop Up Glue Dots behind my brad to elevate it enough to get it above the panel, but it looks good and I got rid of the fat prong issue!! This card is 5 1/4 x 7 inches.

Stamps: Delicate Branches (image) and Southern Belle (sentiment) both by Inkadinkado

Paper: White, Black, Sublime DP by Kaiser

Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black

Accessories: Dotted Sheer Ribbon, Sublime Brads by Kaiser, Foam Mounting Squares, Pop up Glue Dots by SU, Glue Glider, Eyelet setter for holes.

Note: The INKA stamps, Kaiser Paper and Brads, my Foam Mounting Squares and Glue Glider all came from Joans Garden.

MY FAVORITE BLACK INK for getting a good solid image is Versa Fine Onyx Black. The ink is very black and the raised pad stays wet almost FOREVER. I LOVE this black ink for this type of stamping. It is available at Stampers Dream.

Hope you can find some time to play with Black Ink Only this weekend!!! It’s something I truly enjoy doing!!! As always, I so appreciate your visits — thank you so much!!! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!!!

84 responses so far

84 Responses to “Stamp Simply #75 – Black Ink Only”

  1. […] challenge #75 with Sharon at No Time To Stamp again and I had a ball with this one.  The challenge was to use black ink only, no pencils, […]

  2. Heather says:

    What a lovely card, Sharon, as always. The bundle of branches is a great stamp and your background colours set it off beautifully.

  3. Wow, you’ve used the most beautiful papers on this card. I love the clean and crisp branches. I think I’ll have to give this one a try. How can you go wrong with using black, right?


  4. Too pretty Sharon! The colors you put together with this and the ribbon — oooooOOooo! Love it!

  5. Desiree says:

    Wow! Fabulous card!!!

  6. Debi Nicol says:

    Stunning job! Very elegant!

  7. Barbara Mann says:

    Sharon – Beautiful card! Please, please tell us how you did the ribbon trim!!
    Thanks, Barb

  8. Kim says:

    This is awesome!! I love the elegance and simplicity of this card Sharon! I think I am going to give this a try! Thank you!!!

  9. Deb Saaranen says:

    WOW– how striking! This is sooo beautiful– love it Sharon!

  10. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, your card is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it.
    It certainly is an eye catcher! Great job!


  11. Jerri Kay says:

    It’s gorgeous Sharon, it’s so you! I love the pop of the green on the black. Oh my gosh, black only?? This will TRULY be a challenge for me to lay down my brush and use black only, but I think I’m up to! Will be back later to submit my masterpiece . . . LOL!!!

  12. Janine says:

    Fabulous Sharon!! Funny I went to the stamp store that I work in occasionally now and was looking at that set! This is just so pretty!!
    Love that green color with the black!! Have a fabulous weekend.

  13. Love the colors you’ve used on this card Sharon!! Those bundles are so awesome and LOVE the brad (good idea to clip the prongs). I thought I’d have a problem doing this challenge but like you said … it turned into one of my favorite pieces. Thanks for another fun challenge!!

    Here ya go: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/02/stamp-simply-75.html

  14. Barb T says:

    Sharon this card is gorgeous. I love that paper and those branches are fabulous stamped in black. I am going to try to participate in this challenge. Barb

  15. Charlene says:

    Love the black only…so elegant and who knew black was so “clean”? 🙂

  16. Carol C says:

    Sharon, Absolutely gorgeous. You WOW me everytime.
    I look forward to seeing all the things you create.
    Thank You!!

  17. Karen says:

    Lovely card Sharon. Striking!

  18. Lisa Brown says:

    So beautiful…love it! Can’t wait to try the challenge!

  19. Bev J. says:

    Love the triple branches-great look. Very striking card. tfs

  20. Pat Adam says:

    Love the bundles being individually tied with the great polka dotted ribbon. Made a striking card. Pat

  21. Judy Walsh says:

    Very pretty. At first I was doubtful, “black ink only”? But you pulled it off beautifully.

  22. Jen Nevil says:

    Very pretty card. I like the black and the lime green combination. The ribbons around the flowers are a great touch.

    I’ll have to try this challenge when get home tonight!

  23. Dee Jackson says:

    Totally Gorgeous Sharon!! I love all the added touches like the ribbon on each bundle. The dp is fabulous and I just adore that brad:)
    Have a great weekend!

  24. Carol says:

    Your card is fabulous, I just love it! I’m also sold on the Versafine Onyx Black ink! There’s not a better black ink out there in my opinion.
    I’m so glad I found time to stamp today and play along with this challenge.
    Here’s my card


  25. Gorgeous, card, Sharon!!! I love it! Great challenge, too!

  26. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for the fun challenge today! Your card is stunning and so elegant! I love the bundles of branches tied with ribbon! The colors and papers are just beautiful! Here is my card:
    Have a great weekend!

  27. Angela says:

    Very nice card Sharon!!!! I want to have your creativity when I grow up -* LOL*

    Since I am not technically a “cardmaker”, I decided to do a scrapbook layout for this challenge. Here is my layout: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1243058?cat=500&ppuser=148742

    I am having a lot of fun doing these challenges. It is making me “get stuff done”


  28. Cindy H. says:

    Sharon, your card is so lovely!! I’ve always liked black and white, or black and…! I’ve never tried it though. I’m certainly comfortable with black ink so I think I’ll give it a go:) Thanks for the challenge.

  29. Starla(star) says:

    OHH!! I REALLY like this! What a clever challenge! I hope to play this weekend!

  30. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I have posted my card at http://www.atjoansgardens.com

    Thanks for the great challenge! I love the black ink!!!


  31. Micki says:


    I’ve been a fan of your art for quite a while, unfortunately with all the stuff going on in my life, have not had a chance to participate in any of the challenges. But, like you, black ink is my very favorite so maybe I’ll get a chance to submit one of my creations to your challenge by this weekend.

  32. This is such a stunning card Sharon! I can’t wait to play today!

  33. How beautiful and elegant! I love those bundles all tied up with the ribbon, and the colors are gorgeous together!

  34. That’s amazing! It doesn’t look like black ink only, but it is! Your work is top-notch.

  35. Velta says:

    Stunningly beautiful Sharon…I love this image that you used and your papers…

  36. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Pretty card, Sharon. I love the DPs. I haven’t been able to do your challenges for a while, but I found some time between doctors’ appointments today to do this: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1243146?cat=13815

  37. Lynette says:

    Awesome card, Sharon! Very fun challenge, too! I combined it with today’s LSC on SCS – to use green. Here is my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1243199?cat=500&ppuser=80719

  38. Just lovely Sharon! I WILL find time to play along! Hugs,

  39. Liz Williams says:

    Loved doing this challenge, Sharon. I love ideas that help cut the time but doesn’t cute the elegance of a card. Here’s my try:

  40. Becki aka queenoe on SCS says:

    Wow Sharon is this card every fantastic!!! Question: Is Versafine Onyx a Permanent ink? Will it run if you do use it and want to color? Just curious. I have both the Pallette Noir and Stazon pad and neither one stays moist enough even when I have just inked them. Just not black enough for my tastes. TFS!!!!

  41. Rose Ann says:

    This is so strikingly beautiful!! I love the green with the black, and your pretty ribbon treatment!!

  42. Ida says:

    Wow, What a stunning card. Love the crisp feel this has.

  43. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    This is stunning Sharon!! I love the ribbon around the bunches of branches, it looks awesome!!! Beautiufully done! Here is my card, Fresh Blooms

  44. Beautiful card, Sharon! I managed to do your challenge today! I use a lot of black ink so this was great for me. Here’s my Green Wing card.

  45. rieca says:

    Sharon thanks as always for inspiring us! And your card is a knock out! I am glad it was a realy easy one today as I could barely make time to fit it in!

  46. Sheila says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I love how the black ink makes that shade of green just pop!! A very pretty card. TFS! Sheila

  47. Me again, I was able to sneak in a few minute in between groceries and dinner to make this very simple card.
    What ya think?


    Have a wonderful weekend friend.

    Hugs, Sabrina

  48. Julia Aston says:

    Well – this was simple but a little tricky keeping just to black ink!! here is my multi challenge card:


  49. michellegall says:

    i love black ink also i use it a lot that and cholate chip from su love the card the colors are great you are a card making rock star well off to hockey we go the whole weekend boooo no stampen this weekend have a awsome day

  50. Cheryl says:

    WOW!!! This is really classy,love the colour combo and the image!!!

  51. Ann says:

    I looked at all the DT samples and they were just stunning – truly inspiring.

    My card is on my blog at http://craftworkblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/black-ink-only.html

    Ann xxx

  52. Amy Johnson says:

    Wow! This is fabulous! I love the look of it. So elegant and stylish!

  53. Elena says:

    It is gorgoeus, Sharon! Love the black ink only stamping! So classic and elegant!!!

  54. Tery says:

    Your card is beautiful! A great challenge. Thanks!
    Krazy’s card  

  55. Marge says:

    WOW; love this card — of course, green is my fav color (any shade) and I’m also a BIG damask fan & you can never go wrong with black, so it’s PERFECT!!! I’m coveting that big brad too — must find some of those for myself!!!

  56. What a fun challenge! Your card is beautiful!! Thanks! My card is here:

  57. marciad says:

    I combined your ink challenge and a layout challenge. Was lots of fun.

  58. This is so gorgeous Sharon!! Very eye catching with only using the black ink!! Great idea!! 😉 TFS!

  59. Barb says:

    Hi Sharon! This is my first Stamp Simply Challenge and it was a lot of fun! Thank you so much! Here is where my card for this challenge is:


    Have a wonderful week!

  60. Christine says:

    Your card is very striking Sharon, great colour combination…

    Thanks for a brilliant challenge, loved it so much I did it twice!!!

    1st attempt –

    2nd attempt –

    TFL 🙂

  61. Frankie says:

    This is a fabulous place – only just found you (in this form – often look at the techniques etc) and have joined in with this great challenge… don’t know how to put it on the other site, so will leave it here. Thanks for looking.


  62. SueB says:

    Here’s a quickie w just black ink on the inside sentiment –
    Love the challenges – TFS!

  63. Anja says:

    Love this challenge, as always,
    my card is here:
    Thanks, Anja

  64. Lisa Brown says:

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for the great challenge! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!
    Here’s mine—

  65. Linda Flanagan says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Amazing inspiration. I posted my first ever challenge card tonight after looking at all your work on a regular basis. One question, how do you use a blog to post instead of the upload. Do you put your URL in where it says to browse for the file? Such a newbie at this.

    Thanks for all your great ideas and for sharing so generously.


  66. SmilynStef says:

    Thanks for another fun challenge … I let the papers do the talking on my card:


  67. […] I just may have to make a third — there’s just something about 3’s!!!  Here’s the first if you are interested. Stamps:  Delicate Branches (image) and Southern Belle (sentiment) both by […]

  68. […] and fun sketch!  Not much explaining needed.  Here’s the first card in the series, and here’s the second.  Now I’m done! Stamps:  Delicate Branches by […]

  69. Dawn Berry says:

    Loved this challenge.
    Here’s my submission from my blog.



  70. Christine says:

    Loved this challenge ….
    Here is my 3rd (and final?) card –


    TFL 🙂

  71. Donna says:

    Hi Sharon,
    This my first time also to do one of your challenges. This was really alot of fun. I will for sure be doing more. This is where you can find my card.

  72. Nancy says:

    Love your card with that new stamp, and the great papers! Love how you “tied” the branch bundles with the ribbon.

    I did the challenge, here’s my card:

  73. leslierich says:

    This is totally awesome, Sharon! I just LOVE it! The stamp is so cool and you’ve done such a great job using it to it’s fullest potential. Your card is very striking!

  74. mary R. says:

    Hi Sharon: I haven’t been able to play lately but here’s my card using only black ink. Not elegant but definitely simple: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1250485?cat=500&ppuser=113844

  75. care-in says:

    Whew…I finally got mine posted. I really like these challenges. Thanks so much!

  76. This is my first time with one of your challenges. I loves this one! Here is one of my cards.



  77. Ann says:

    I just loved this challenge, so I had to play along with a second card! Here it is: http://creativeantics.blogspot.com/2009/02/black-ink-only.html

  78. bluemoon says:

    I’m loving all your black ink projects, you’ve got me wondering what stamps I have that would work. I love this card, the papers and colours, plus the inside. Fab as always. thanks!

  79. nancy littrell says:

    Your black ink only card really pops!!!! You are really making me want to get out only my black ink. I can just feel my Sharon inspired juices flowing ……..again 🙂 TFS

  80. Sarita says:

    This is a fantastic challenge Sharon and I could not resist joining in. Your cards are always so beautiful and very inspirational.

    Here is my card.


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