I have got to get some detail embossing powder.
Sorting through my stamps in search of some inspiration for a group of black & white challenges, I settled on the ravens from an Inkadinkado mini-set. For a moment or two I couldn't decide which one to use, and then I realized, hey, here's an awesome inspiration for a pair of bookmarks! It's probably only been a week since I made a pair instead of a single bookmark, but it feels much longer.
With a pair, I can make one white bookmark with black accents, and one black bookmark with white accents. I also thought this was an excellent set to give another shot at the clean and simple style, which seems particularly appropriate for black and white.
Did I mention at least one of those black & white challenges was black & white & something else? I kept the amount of color small; I hope the crew at That Craft Place will forgive me -- theirs was a pure black & white challenge. I'll certainly understand if they'd rather disqualify me, though; no hard feelings, there's no question I've stretched the challenge a bit. (Just a bit, though: please don't be confused by the pink background in the picture, which is not part of the bookmarks. Maybe I should not have used that background.)
I'd like to point out that I cut the strips of pink, black, and white by hand. The craft knife, ruler, and I were in harmony tonight.
I'm so much happier with this attempt at clean & simple than the last one. Yay!
The name for this pair of bookmarks is a little out there: it's from a poem, Ode to a Corbie. I've reproduced the first two stanzas here:
My hero is the raven,
The raven and the jay,
The magpie and the jackdaw and the crow:
Trickster-god or world's creator,
Ravn, koras, corvus, corbie,
Stealing sun to light the world below.
Post-flood, the first to fly
(The dove gets all the credit),
For telling tales, Apollo turned you black:
Unhappy bird! or lucky bird —
Too smart, with human qualities,
And speech, one of the few birds with the knack.
(Ode to a Corbie, Bess L. Walker)
Unfortunately naming is a step that usually comes between making and blogging. So my bookmarks look more like a black raven has turned into a white one! If I'd thought of the name first, the colors would have gone the other way: first the white bookmark, with the flying raven in white, then the black bookmark. Oh well, I still really like them. I suppose if it bothers me that much, it would not be at all hard to make another pair!
I'm entering this pair of bookmarks in the following challenges:
- The Ribbon Reel Challenge #36: Black, White, & Pop of Pink
- That Craft Place Challenge: Black and White
- CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 69: Embossing (the ravens are heat embossed)
- Craft Your Passion Challenge 127: Blast From the Past (This fits #125 Emboss It, #120 Black & White + One, and, though I didn't realize until just now, #116 Things with Wings.)
- Simon Says Stamp and Show: Hero (first line of poem)
I'm also linking it up to DL.ART's 1000-post Linky Party.
Supplies: (The white cardstock is 110lb. from Staples, and the ravens are from a mini-clear set by Inkadinkado, but I can't find good references to get them into the widget.)