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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.  

Supplies Needed:

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.

Using your ruler and VersaMarker, draw lines around the edges of the cardstock to create visual interest. Add White Detail embossing powder and heat set. 



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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