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December 01, 2013


Pinch punch, first day of the month and you know what that means?! The start of the new challenge over at Dreamtime Designs :)

This is challenge 3 for DDCC, sadly the last two challenges didn't get as many participants as we hoped, but we do thank those that joined us and what wonderful projects they created too :) 

To hopefully encourage a few more to join us, our fearless leader Lisa has made this months challenge a little easier for all and certainly lots of fun! Plus to match that, we have a fantastic sponsor 'Through the Craft room Door' who are offering a years subscription to their online magazine. (Check out the end of my post for the full details on this super prize).

This months challenge is 'try a new technique' with a Christmas twist it's as simple as that! (I know, I know, mines not very Christmassy :( With everything going on, I missed the update on the Christmas part and thought it was still just a 'new technique'...Sorry everyone) 
  So what's been sitting on your to-do list for some time now?    What do you really fancy having a go at, but haven't tried yet? 
  Create a project using a technique you haven't used before, it doesn't have to be difficult, just something new to you :)

Well as many of you may be aware, I'm still a newbie to most if this, so my to-do list is as long as my arm (and a bit more lol). So this challenge was perfect for me :)

Due to family commitments recently, including some not so happy news :(  A lot of my time has been with my family over the last couple of weeks, so I couldn't spend as much time as I would love to, on this super fun challenge.

That said, I picked a technique that was simpler than some of the others on my list, but still that I have never tried before :)

The technique I chose was 'negative stamping'. Simple, yet a great effect (well I think so anyway).

Firstly I needed a stamp for this, the rubber kind, not digital! Secondly it needed to be a stamp that would suit being black and white and had enough details on it to stand out, even if not coloured. I wracked my brains and then remembered I had a 'Gorjuss' stamp set by 'Docrafts' and as these can be a little bit gothicky I knew it was the stamp to use!

The stamp I used, is 'I gave you my heart' 

Firstly I got two sheets of card/paper - one white and one black. 

I versamarked  my stamp, applied it to the black sheet of card and then quickly added some WOW bright white embossing powder. I heat set the powder and then repeated on the white sheet, this time using Papermania black embossing powder.

Once dried, I cut both images in half in the same place! 
  You can do the cut downwards rather than across if it suits your image more, mine looked better this way round.

Check your lines match up, so that the image looks like one!

Then cut around both images to leave yourself with a mountable image size.

I then created a frame for my image, using opposite colours on each end.

It was time to piece the card together. I decided to keep the rest of the card black and white too. I added some black flowers, black pearls, black ribbon and a little black heart, all from my stash. 

The papers are digital papers from 'Forever Friends Black and gold collection'

What do you think? You could of course add colour anywhere you wanted, I just liked the feel if a full B&W card. 

Don't forget to check out the other DT projects and have a read of all the fun they had too :)

And more importantly don't forget to show off your new technique over at DDCC in this months challenge! Check out the prize on offer too...Wowie, you won't be disappointed :)

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Sponsor prize details: Through the Craft Room Door

Through The Craft Room Magazine is offering a one years subscription to the next winner of DreamTimes Designs challenge. TTCRD is an online paper craft magazine which can be downloaded to your personal computer and is filled with tutorials, inspirations and articles for the subscribers to read and you have access to over 80 free digial images to create cards, scrapbook and projects with.

Would you love to be publish and have a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the store of your choice. You can do this by submitting a paper craft creation to the magazine - details for submissions is located on the web site which you can join for free.

Challenges entered:
Catch the bug - Recipe challenge
Hiding in my Craft room - Freestyle
Emergency Crafters - Anything but Christmas
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing - Heat or dry
Challenges for everybody - Anything goes
Crafting for all seasons - Birthdays


  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! I love this technique so much and it's been added to my must try list!
    I hope that my results can be even close to as great as your's are. What a phenomenal job you did matching up those images. Congrats on a great card!!
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  2. Sam this is a SUPER technique! It is so simple and looks absolutely amazing! Such great results! I must admit I have never done this one and it is now on MY list! I love the black and white, it is so striking and rich looking. So many possibilities with this one, can't wait to try it! You have truly inspired me! Wonderful job! xxx

  3. Gosh, Sam! Stunning!! Love this technique! It's like an upgrade of chalk effect. LOL. Gorgeous one, dear x
    Love all the embelishments as well xxx

  4. Wow, this is absolutely amazing! What a great idea! It is a wonderful technique and I will certainly try in near future! Hugs, Cindy

  5. Oh wow Sam! I've never seen this before! I love that it's so simple but really is so effective! It reminds me a little of the chalkboard effect, it makes me want more rubber stamps to try it out lol and the rest of your design is perfectly matching the colours of the reverse stamp too! I love that I could try this quote easily! And I will! Thanks Sam! This is great!

  6. This is fantastic Samantha! Such a great effect and a bit like a chalk board effect! I want to try them both! Thank you for the idea and inspiration! Hugs Julie xox

  7. wow this is gorgeous, I've never seen this effect before but it's very striking and the stamp you've chosen works really well with it :) great job Sam! hugs, Gem xx

  8. So clever, Sam, I must try this. Fabulous card. xx

  9. I love this--and can't wait to try it. Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's recipe challenge.

  10. What a cool technique - I just love how it turned out!!!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Recipe Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
    Be sure to check out The Bug Blog for our Holiday Edition Photo Challenge that is part of the Holiday Chaos Celebration and starts today! We hope you’ll play along!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    ~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
    Kaymin Kreations

  11. this is a really striking Monochrome card. Thanks for joining in our Birthday Challenge at Ooh La La Creations

    Alli D x

  12. Thank you for joining the ATSC With this cool blackboard-card. Hugs Rita

  13. lovely card!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  14. Such a great card, Fantastic image you have used too!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  15. Hi Samantha, brilliant card love the colours and the way you have put it together! Thank you for joining us at Emergency Crafters ~Lucy x


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