Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gypsy Spot Black & Gold Challenge

Sorry for the late posting. Another one of those crazy weeks!

This week we had a color challenge using black and gold. I had recently received my Spring mini cartridges and was really excited to play with the Love Struck cartridge so I knew immediately I wanted to make a Valentine card in these non-traditional colors.

Click here to download the .gypsy file used.

For the base I used a heart card from the Wild Card cartridge. I welded the cupid from Love Struck to the side and welded one of the decorative heart cuts from Love Struck in the center of the card to create an elegant look. The gold detail layer of the cupid is done in gold vinyl.

I wanted to play with the MS micro beads I bought on sale on Black Friday and thought this would be a fun item to use them on. I really wanted the card to look elegant so I thought the gold beads would add a really nice touch. I didn't really know how to go about adhereing them to the card so I decided to get creative with my gold vinyl. I cut a solid heart out of gold vinyl and placed it on the inside of the front of the card which effectively left the 'sticky' side of the vinyl exposed through the cuts on the front. I then sprinkled the micro beads on the sticky part of the vinyl and pressed them down to be sure they were on there pretty good.

The unfortunate side effect of doing the beading this way was that the top side of the vinyl on the inside of the card was all lumpy and bumpy and I didn't care for it at all. I knew I wanted to put a sentiment inside the card on the other side so I chose to cut 2 more solid hearts and place them over the gold vinyl to have a space for a personal note in the card. I wasn't quite satisfied with it until I cut out an additional little decorative piece from the Home Accent cartridge. In this picture the gold layer is the vinyl, the black and cream are cardstock (inking on the cream piece) and the little black piece is vinyl as well.

On the other inside piece of the card I placed a welded a sentiment made with the Lyrical Letters cartridge (if you know me at all, you know this is my FAVORITE font cartridge for the Cricut). I used gold vinyl once again and even added some hearts from the Simply Sweet cartridge to complete the look of the sentiment.

As always thank you for looking and feel free to leave a comment. ~Jenn


Mary said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. What a great idea with the glass beads. It is really stunning, TFS, Mary M

tomiannie said...

Wow, that is so striking and unique! I love it!

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Judy said...

This is beautiful! Love it!

Tineke said...

you make such beautiful designs but I can't use them. Is it possible you convert them to svg too.? I would love that

Jennifer Weight said...


I'm so sorry but I actually have no experience with svg and no idea how to convert these files.