Sometimes all it takes to create a nice card is a great piece of paper, ribbon and a special embellishment.
This dramatic black and white paper is from the American Crafts "Amplified" collection. I believe it came out in the Winter of 2008 and I am not sure if it is still available. The black and white flowers are from the Creative Charms Simplicity Collection. The red ribbon is from Costco. I always check the ribbon when I am at Costco - they have some beautiful choices and the price is so low - less than $10 for 50 continuous yards.
The black and white patterned paper needed a bit of an edge for definition. I punched some birds from the matting layer. Ever since the new Nursery Rhymes cartridge was announced, I can't get some of the songs out of my head - these could be some of the "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie"!. (The birds are not for this card - I will use them for another project. You can get double use of your cardstock by using this simple trick whenever a layer will be hidden - this will work on nearly every card that you make with layers).
The ribbon from Costco is nearly always wired ribbon. It will work better on a card if you remove the wire. This is very easy to do and you can reuse the wire if you save it.
I matted the patterned paper and wrapped the ribbon to the back. You can use the ATG adhesive on the ends of the ribbon to stick it to the back of the layers.
Here is the plain card with the sheer ribbon. I like the way the patterned paper shows through a bit.
When you add the flower the card looks all dressed up. In our town there is a black and white dance at the high school each year and it took place last weekend. I imagine that is why I thought of putting the card together when I came across the paper while I was picking up in my craft room. It is interesting to think about how ideas connect in your mind!
You could add a sentiment to fit the occasion or just use this for a notecard. Have a great weekend - I'll check in each day if I can.