Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Chalkboard technique

First of all, a quick addition to the jigsaw card I published here yesterday. Our Playmate Jane W left a lovely comment and also mentioned that she'd done something similar with printed images and jigsaw pieces from a 'Seraphina' CD she has. I love the result and felt quite bad that I'd totally missed Jane's post  - I can't suggest strongly enough that you skip over to the link for a look!

Been meaning to try out the chalkboard technique for ages, and this week's Merry Monday Challenge #191 'Chalkboard' provided the perfect opportunity. I'm also entering my card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge plus Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for February - both are 'Anything Goes'.

This was the result:
I used:

- 4" x 6" white card blank, tent style

- pieces of the same card stock (Hobbycraft's own 300 gsm A4 card), embossed using the Taylored Expressions 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder - thought the swirls echo the swirls on the stamped image/sentiment. Then trimmed to just a bit smaller all round than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of matt black card stock rubbed over with an anti-static bag before being stamped using Unity Stamp's Itty Bitty 'Peace and Joy' stamp and a Versamark embossing pad

- then heat embossed the stamped image using 'Detail White' embossing powder made by Stampendous - I love that a few stray specks of white (and I do have some) or some smears don't actually matter on chalkboard cards

- trimmed the image panel to size then went round the edges using a sponge dauber and StazOn 'Cotton White' ink

- glued the chalkboard panel in place on the card front

- picked out a snippet of SU 'Real Red' card plus a snippet of Christmas green card from the snippets folder

- die cut the red part of the poinsettia using Joanna Sheen's All Occasion Dies 'Small poinsettia' set and the green 'skeleton leaves' using the leaf die from the Marianne Creatables 'LR0156' set 

- assembled the red die cuts using Glossy Accents and a cocktail stick as a disposable tool

-added two green leaves and the red bloom to the corner of the chalkboard - using ultra sticky red line tape

- finally, a little dome shaped yellow embellishment was popped in the centre of the poinsettia

I knew which stamp to use right away for this card and at the back of my mind could recall seeing it elsewhere being used for the chalkboard technique - it wasn't until the card was finished that I remembered just where!  Of course, it was our Elizabeth who made this lovely card - and sent me scurrying off to buy the same stamp - back in October 2013!  It only took me two and a bit years - although I did give the same stamp an outing that December, using silver ink on a pale blue Christmas card.

I made three cards exactly the same whilst all the bits and pieces were out :)

Too funny yesterday, if you haven't already been over to Sarns's to read about the Pancake Race then you're missing a real treat! Such cheating, gambling and a bit of 'forbidden liquid' consumption I think as well, and hilarious photos of the 'event' - poor Parsnip staggered in from the Playground shouting for a darkened room! And the stuff you gals brought to the feast! Someone even mentioned Cointreau - and no doubt there would have been a flame thrower involved if at all possible. Ah, maybe that explains someone having his whiskers a bit singed?

Soooooooooooooooo, as a really sobering thought (especially for those of you who indulged in Bad Brenda's 'Rocket Fuel Special' cocktails - but it isn't Brenda I'm gonna refer to!) - just guess who's being a real darling and giving me a bit of a break next week? Talk about being a turncoat!

I'll still be around in case anything breaks but Miss X the Rebel will be miraculously transformed into Dick Orem and will be cracking the whip, commenting, choosing the picks and has also provided the prize(s)!! And her snippets makes are stupendous, I kid you not! Wanna know who it is? Ask Parsnip - he's strutting round here twiddling his bow tie one minute and sighing like a love sick teenager the next!



jimlynn said...

Gorgeous card!!!! Love the embossing and that tiny poinsettia die (I did finally order that too!). Lovely chalkboard technique.
I did see Sarn's post today. Too much fun!

Jane Willis said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've still not tried the chalkboard technique, and I have a roll of NBUS chalkboard finish vinyl just screaming to be used. Really must try it

paper bag create said...

Pretty card showcasing the chalkboard technique. Love the embossed layer.:)

Kath said...

A great chalkboard card - love that sentiment too.
Kath x

brenda said...

Another great card Di, very striking colours.

And I deny it all, whatever you heard is wrong !

B x

Aquarius said...

Great Christmas card and another interesting technique. Great minds think alike obviously on the jig saw topic!

Sarn said...

Oh now this really is a work of art Di. I love EVERYTHING about it. Colours, texture, embellishments.

Hugs from All-Pancaked-Out Sarn xxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Gorgous card, so stylish! I have never try with chalckboard cards. Your panel looks really well on the embossed back! Lovely poinsettia, too!

Sarn said...

Oi . . . whaddya mean "turncoat"? It's called keeping your options open!

Signed . . . Dick Orum x

Di said...

Tee, hee! xx

Mrs A. said...

Wow Di, Go straight to the top of the class. No detensun for you. Us lot will be pulling our hair out trying to do this card now. I'd just like to clarify that I had nout with a capital K to do with the pancakes. Might have eaten a few on the side lines. Hugs Mrs A.

Pat said...

This is very pretty Di and I love the poinsettia and filigree leaves and swirls embossing in the background. I have never done a chalkboard card before so must give it a try. x

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
what a great chalkboard card.
Love the black, white and red.
Great embossing too,
Hope you are keeping well.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your chalkboard is far too clean! You need to mess that thing up a bit. Or perhaps you've had all the naughty kids cleaning and cleaning it. Seriously though love your crisp clean chalkboard!!!

Di said...

Hi PJ! You didn't have my senior school maths teacher - she would have thought this a real mess! Mind you, she did wear twin sets and always, but always, a strand of pearls!


Bonnie said...

LOL, Sounds like a wild time at the Playground this week! I love your clean chalkboard! And this is one of my favorite sentiments! Wish I'd thought to use it. So glad to see you at Merry Monday!

Greta said...

This is beautiful, Di! One of my favorite chalkboard cards!

Di said...

Just remembered during the night - her name was Miss Pratt :)

Liz said...

A gorgeous chalkboard card - another technique I've yet to try! Love the stamp, looks fab in white. The addition of the beautiful poinsettia and skeleton leaves is a just perfect. x

Pippa said...

Love the way the black and white go together an highlight the red poinsettia.

KandA said...

Wonderful card Di and a fabulous stamp. Looks super against the embossed background.

As for the pancake race - don't believe everything Parsnip tells you, I promise we were all very well behaved xx

Heather Hopson said...

Beautiful card, very elegant! I love the design!

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Miss. Too funny about the pancake day riot!!!
I wanna see Parsnip twiddling his bow tie!!

Linda said...

Beautiful chalkboard card. Thank you for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Sandee Shanabrough said...

Wow! Great card! Love that stamp!

Diane said... the chalkboard look myself and that Poinsettia is gorgeous!!

Marcia Hill said...

Beautiful, beautiful card it!! :0)

Crafty Cakes and Cards said...

That is a lovely card and particularly like the sentiment, it's a nice design

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

This really popped out at me in the Merry Monday pool, Di! Just love your chalkboard sentiment with the sweet die cut poinsettias!!

Barbara said...

Wow, what an amazing sentiment - on a gorgeous card!

Notes by Nina said...

Wonderful sentiment, Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

scrappymo! said...

I am drooling over this stunning card. The chalkboard sentiment is divine and your embossed mat looks fab!

Heather said...

Hi, Di! Usually I am stopping by to play in the snippets challenge, but today I have my DT hat on. This card is very cute! I love the chalkboard technique and your sentiment IS perfect for it. Beautiful little poinsettia, too. Thanks for playing with CHNCC2. (Sorry I'm so late in commenting)