ÔĽŅChalk Board technique by Anne Temple
Today I'd like to demonstrate how easy the Chalk Board Technique is
by using one of the new stamp sets¬†called¬†Swirls. ¬†
VersaMark¬†ink pad,¬†Staz On¬†Cotton White ink pad,VersaMarker,¬†White Detail¬†embossing powder, the Swirls stamp set (or stamp set of your choice), acrylic block, a ruler, and black (or dark colored) cardstock. ¬†I arranged the cling stamps on the acrylic block together so to make the inking step easier, and so that the images will be spaced the same during the "second stamping". ¬†
Now you're ready to begin. ¬†Start off by inking both stamps with VersaMark and cover with White Detail embossing powder. ¬†Heat set.
This is one of the few techniques that you don't need to worry about stray flakes of embossing powder on your background. ¬†It just adds more interest to the final piece.
Once this has been heat set, you're ready to add the shadow (or chalk outline). ¬†Ink up the stamps again with Staz On Cotton White. ¬†Stamp on top of, but slightly offset, the embossed images.¬†
You can see where I¬†offset¬†the stamps slightly up and to the right of the embossed images.
This gives you the chalky appearance of a chalkboard. ¬†To enhance this illusion, take your finger and smudge white ink onto the card in a couple places.
Now you are ready to finish your card. ¬†I die cut the¬†MFT¬†party banner and embossed¬†Sparkle¬†embossing powder all over. ¬†No matter how many times I¬†tried¬†to get the sparkly effect to show in a photo, I couldn't. Please trust me that it looks really sparkly and cool in person. ¬†It's¬†iridescent¬†and takes on the color of your background. ¬†I also stamped the small hearts from the¬†Love Fairy¬†stamp set with Cotton White and did 2nd generation stamping, so they were more muted.
To continue the school theme, I added ribbon on top of the banner with alphabet letters on it, the red patterned paper also has old school "learning how to write" letters on it, ¬†and I made a couple cute little pencils. ¬†These are so easy and fun to make. To make these, take a rounded toothpick, cut it in half and use markers to color it like a pencil. ¬†So easy!
Hope my little tutorial inspires you to try the Chalkboard technique too.
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