Chalkboard Technique Card

chalkboard

chalkboard

One of the very popular techniques in cards today is the chalkboard technique.  It has a very dramatic effect- and brings back memories if you remember when school classrooms had chalkboards!  (do you remember being picked to clean the erasers?? Our school had this vacuum things in the wall and you lifted the lid and the vacuum sucked the chalk off. So cool!  Or, when that wasnt’ working you got to go outside and beat the eraser against the side of the school building. Even more cool ’cause you got to go outside!!)

Sorry, I digress.  To make this cute card simply emboss your greeting using a versamark pad (102283) and white embossing powder.(109132)

Once embossed, take a dauber or sponge, and tapping on a white craft ink pad,(101731) rub the ink on the black background to look like a chalkboard.  Finally, I used a white watercolor pencil (101879) to create the border.

Have you tried this technique yet?  Do you think you’ll try it soon?  Leave me a comment and let me know if you like the chalkboard look.

Butterflies, Swallowtail, and time flies, too!

swallowtail

swallowtail

Sorry for the late post today.  Sickness, and an hour time change got me- and I messed up the timing.

At Stamp Camp Last week this was one of the most popular cards we made.  In fact it was on the display board and several campers walked in and the first this they said was “I want to learn how to make that card”.  This card is simple and quick- and even more beautiful in person than in the picture.

Using a Versamark pad (102283), stamp the image (swallowtail (w-129213; c- 129216) in your card stock. Emboss in gold embossing powder (109129)  Next take the scroll from the Everything Eleanor stamp set (w- 124162; c-  124164)  and using Island Indigo ink pad (126986) stamp off everal times and stamp around the butterfly.  (dont’ worry, it won’t show where it overlaps the embossing)  Next using sponge daubers (102892) sponge ink of your choice , working it into the embossed areas.  Starting light and adding more in for a more intense color.  We used Island Indigo (126986) More Mustard (126964) and a little Wisteria Wonder (126985)

Add a greeting at the bottom and you have a beautiful card that can be used for many different occasions.  All of the supplies used in this card can be ordered in my online store here!  Have a wonderful week, and be sure to share your thoughts on this card in the comment section below!

Embossing with honeycomb folder

I love, love, love the new Honey comb embossing folder in the spring catalog. (129378)  I’m always amazed that such a simple technique as embossing can add so much to a card.  One of the new flower trim (126869) pg 5, and a strip of dsp from Print Poetry DSP Paper Stack really set this card off.  (129312) p 16.

Thank You

Thank You