Chalkboard Technique aka My First Video

Chalkboard Technique video card

Here is a card I made using the chalkboard technique.  Most cards I have seen & created have had a white gel pen “frame” around the edges. Today I tried something a little different.

Originally, I wanted to make one brightly colored 3D flower from Secret Garden to add some pop to a chalkboard technique.  I didn’t like it.  I had a “frame” and the flowers looked a little awkward….in the trash they went (well the scrap pile for later anyways).  From there I decided to place the verse in the middle, and then I thought what the heck, I would use Secret Garden the way I normally do when I use colored ink.  Filler flowers first, then the solid ones. Rhinestones to dot the “i”s for a little bling.

So here is my very first video tutorial.  I was so nervous making it and I was the only one home.  Who would say anything to me?? The dog or two cats :)  I sure hope you like it.

 

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • #106960 Stazon On White Stamp Pad
  • # 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • # 131916 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • # 131949 (w) # 129144 (c) Secret Garden Stamp Set

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Stace

Go in the Direction of Your Dreams Graduate

grad card

Here is a graduation card using Word Play.  I am sad to see this set retire :(  I used the Chalkboard Technique since chalkboards remind me of school.  Of course someday, we will have to come up with the “Whiteboard Technique” since most schools don’t have real chalkboards any more.

Anyhow, when I was asked to design a graduation card; I had to think about it for a while.  I don’t own a graduation stamp set. I started thinking about high school graduations and college graduations.  They always seem to have the theme of be everything you can be, follow your dreams, be productive in society, etc. I felt the verse “go in the direction of your dreams” seemed fitting.  Then, I thought about how to incorporate a school theme.  Chalkboards are school related.  Ok there is half my project.  It still needed something.  People hang banners at graduation parties. So out came the Hearts a Flutter set & framelits. Not knowing if the person was graduating from high school or college, and not knowing school colors, I opted for black and white.  Certainly the banner could be made to match the school colors of your choice. I used a white gel pen to make the frame of the chalkboard and string of the banner.

Have you ever used the chalkboard technique on any of your cards or scrapbook pages? If you don’t know how to create this technique, come back tomorrow for my first ever YouTube video tutorial. I hope you like it.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set* 
  • # 131098 (w) # 131097 (c) Hearts a Flutter Bundle
  • # 106960 White Staz-On Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Sponges
  • # 105021 Uni-Ball Gel Pen
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

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Stace

Friend Frame

she thought she could frame

One of my all time favorite simple pleasures is finding that really cool item at a really cheap price. The dollar store is one of my favorite stores to shop when I want to make or alter a craft item.
Here is a white  frame I found at the dollar store. It also has a white ribbon hanger on it as well that doesn’t show in the picture.  Needless to say I bought a stack of these frames.

The opening is 3.5″x3.5″.  So that’s how large I cut my Basic Black card stock. I stamped this using the chalkboard technique. This was my very first attempt at it.

If you aren’t familiar with the chalkboard technique it is very easy.  Stamp on black card stock with a white craft pad or white Stazon ink. Quickly cover your project with white embossing powder for a clearer white image. The heat emboss.  Then drag the edge of your white pad directly across the black card stock.  There you go, nice & simple.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # !06960 Staz-on White Ink Pad OR # 101731 Whisper White Craft Pad
  • # 109132 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • Picture Frame from local store

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Stace