Monday, January 28, 2013

Chalkboard Love

Claire posed a challenge on her blog to try the chalkboard technique with some of her Waltzingmouse Stamps.  I had the My Heart set out for another project last week, so while I had the set out, I put together a chalkboard style panel featuring a few images from the set with the the plan to assemble a card over the weekend.

Here's what I came up with.  Instead of using black cardstock as my base, I used a dark gray, which is more like the chalkboards I had in my classrooms when I taught kindergarten.  I used a pair of the woodgrain heart images along with the "love you" sentiment on the panel. 

Once the images were embossed and offset stamped with a white pigment ink, I added lines around the panel's edge with a white gel pen (which was a little sticky due to the current long stretch of cold weather, so some of my lines are a little wonky . . .) and brushed on a little pigment ink "chalk dust."  The dusty patches are a little less obvious IRL.  I guess my lighting/photo editing really brought them out in the photo.

I edged the top and bottom of the panel with pieces of a white paper doily.  It's set on a red panel with a text patterned strip topped with red dotted washi tape layered across the middle.  I machine stitched around the panel's edges before adhering it to a gray card base.  The little red satin bow was a last minute addition.  I felt like the card needed a little something more and I played around with a few options before settling on the bow.

Materials Used:
My Heart stamp set (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Fresh Snow ink (Papertrey Ink); Real Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); Uncommon 6x6 paper pad (Authentique); white embossing powder (Michaels); white pen (Ranger); decorative tape (Freckled Fawn); paper doily; Bow Easy; red satin ribbon; sewing machine


  1. Beautiful card Lori - I love the grey it works really well! lovely pretty detailing in the doily and the texty BG, super! Thank you for rounding off my challenge in style!!

  2. Oh it's so pretty with the grey cardstock, Lori! The red looks fantastic with it. That heart with that sentiment is so perfect for this LOOKS like something that would be drawn on a blackboard! Love the bow on the mini heart!


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