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Designs in Black and White: Linda’s View

The Door to a Friend's House is Always Open

By: Linda Selymes, Editor and Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 5.5"

All Stamps: (Heartfelt Creations)
Extra Small Poinsettia from Christmas Cheer Collection
Small Poinsettia from Christmas Cheer Collection
Vintage Door from Artistic Gatefold Collection
Large Rye Grass Flourish from Artistic Gatefold Collection
Rye Grass Corner Flourish from Artistic Gatefold Collection

Curious Metallic Cryogen White  (Arjo Wiggins)
Black Card Stock (artist's stash)
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Score Tool (Martha Stewart)
Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Copic Alcohol Markers C1, C3 (.too corp)
Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities (Spellbinders)
Grand Calibur dye cut machine (Spellbinders)
Crafter's Pick Glue (The Adhesive Products, Inc.)
Icicle Stickles  and Silver Stickles (Ranger)
Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter (Barbara Trombley's Art Institute)
Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
Paper Trimmer
Double-Sided Adhesive
Mini Glue Dots
Small dimensional pop dot
Paper Piercer
Stamp-a-ma-jig (Inkadinkado)
Adhesive backed half pearls (from stash)
Pre-made Bow (Granny's Bitty Bows) 


  1. I didn't have the kind of delicate background paper I wanted for this project, so I started by making my own.  Make a 5.5" square card base by cutting the stock  at 5.5" by 11", and score down the middle to make a top folding card.  Cut another piece of white to 4.75" square.  Stamp the large Rye Grass Flourish repeatedly on both the front of the card, and the 4.75" piece with Versafine Onyx Black, and emboss with Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  You may need to do this in stages because the Versafine ink dries very quickly. Back the smaller piece with a piece of black stock 5" square.
  2. Stamp the Vintage Door on a scrap of Cryogen white with Memento Tuxedo Black, and trim, leaving a scant .125" border on all sides.  Using the two copic markers, add some shading where indicated by the stamp and on the door knob.  Adhere to a scrap of black and trim closely on all sides.  (I trimmed the vertical length to 4.75" to match the Rye Grass stamped piece, and left about .25" on each side.) Adhere the layers done so far onto the card base.
  3. Stamp the two poinsettias and cut out with detail scissors or use the Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities by Spellbinders that coordinates with the stamp set.
  4. Using the Quickie Glue pen, add glue to the flowers except for the centers and sprinkle Crystal Ultrafine glitter.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Punch about 12 leaves on black card stock.
  6. Dip the ends into Crafter's Pick glue, and begin to make a wreath on the top half of the door. I used four leaves to make a roughly round wreath.  You may be able to see that the white glue is not yet dry.  Not to worry!  It will dry perfectly clear...plus we're now going to put stuff on top of it.  The good news is, that you don't have to wait for the glue to dry to begin the next step.
  7. Add the three  poinsettia layers, the bottom layer with a dimensional pop dot and the next two layers (one larger and one smaller) on top with  mini glue dots.
  8. Complete the wreath by putting the glue on the ends of the rest of the leaves, and tucking them under the poinsettia until the wreath is pleasing to the eye and looks finished.  I used a total of 12 leaves, but you might need more or fewer, depending on how you place them.
  9. For the inside, I recommend using a stamp-a-jig to position the corner flourishes and the sentiment in the center of the card.  I added it to the supply list, but unfortunately, I didn't use one; and I think the placement of the stamp on the corners could be better. One more tip here.  If you are going to put a lot of time and effort into the front of a card, and you are going to decorate the inside too; do the inside first!  That way, you don't put so much effort into the front until you know the inside is acceptable.   The inside of this card is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  There's plenty of room left for a personal note if desired.  Forgive the shadow on the picture; I think that's the shadow of  my head while I took the picture.
  10. At this point, the card as I had designed it was complete.  However, after I wrote the article, looked at the card, and the pictures of it, I decided it needed a little bit more.  So I added two sizes of half pearl "bling" to the wreath and the center of the flower, and some Icicle Stickles on the poinsettia.  As a final step, I added silver Stickles to the door knob, as shown below and in the original photo, and a tiny pre-made bow from Granny's Bitty Bows.
  11. While this card has a certain holiday look, it could just as easily be used for an Open House Invitation.  Change the colors and the flowers and it could be a spring card or Valentine Card.
  12. I hope you like it!  And, as always, don't forget to sign the back of your card.


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  1. How gorgeous Linda! Love, Love, Love this card! You are so creative! Hope you have a wonderful 2012!