This is a wonderful d.i.y. tutorial by an old school friend of mine Preeya who in my eyes is a card-making extraordinaire! She’s pretty modest but you will soon see what I mean!! Preeya has been really kind to share some tricks of the trade by showing you (with her fabulous images!) how to create these wonderful ‘chalk-board’ effect greeting cards …….the results are simply brilliant and I urge everyone (including myself!!) to give this a go!!! So without much further adieu, here’s what she has to say and show:
I first saw this technique on a Papertrey ink ‘make it Monday’ video by Betsy Veldman, and knew I had to try it! The chalkboard technique is a really popular trend in stamping these days, and today, i’m going to share with you how I made this card using a few tricks with a bit of heat embossing and pigment ink!
- I first ran an anti-static embossing pillow over a 10cmx14.3cm piece of black cardstock.This prepares the piece of card, by removing any static cling, which prevents embossing powder sticking to bits of the card that you don’t want to emboss!
- I first ran an anti-static embossing pillow over a 10cmx14.3cm piece of black cardstock. This prepares the piece of card, by removing any static cling, which prevents embossing powder sticking to bits of the card that you don’t want to emboss!
- I then stamped it onto the black panel. I also added a few flourishes above and under the sentiment to frame it.
- The next step is a messy one. Make sure you do this over a large piece of scrap paper. I used a white embossing powder and coated the card.
- I then shook off the excess and this is what is left behind – Isn’t that cool? Wait…it gets cooler.
- i then took my heat gun and heated up the image. Which resulted in the embossing powder melting and becoming shiny, raised and set.
Here’s what it looks up close.
- Ok, the next thing you want to do is create the dusty background that is typical of chalkboards, and to do this, you need a white pigment ink, and a soft cloth of some sort. or a sponge, or a paper towel. Just dip the cloth into the ink pad, TEST it first on a different black surface, to see how much ink you’ve picked up, rub some ink off if you need to, and then apply it to the centre of the black panel in a circular motion to create that dusty look. And its totally up to you how heavy handed you want to go with this… But this is what I ended up with.
- Now, you want to add a bit of character by stamping the image in white pigment ink, over the existing image, but off centre. I did this to the flourishes..
- And then, I thought that I’d only do it to some of the words in the sentiment stamp. I thought the small print would be lost if I stamped them again, so I only re stamped the bigger words. I did this by masking off the stamp with post it notes
- And so it ended up looking like this.
- Next, i took a white coloured pencil ( don’t know how I managed to have a set of colouring pencils in the house, but there you go!) and drew in 5mm border around the edge of the card. Then, I took a bit of hemp twine and tied it twice around the bottom half of the card, and mounted it onto a piece of kraft cardstock which had been folded into a C6 base. Ta-dah!
- Now, I’d love to say that I stopped there, but I didn’t! I went all 80s graffiti on it, and added some colour with some brush tipped markers. I just coloured on top of the white! And here is the funk-da-fied new card. I think it adds another little something :) And don’t look too closely, I know my flourishes aren’t lined up. But it wouldn’t be a handmade card if it didn’t have little quirks, now would it ;) That’s what I tell myself anyway!
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft ink by Stampin’ Up! (SU!), Dovercraft markers Stamps: Movers and Shakers Sentiment Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink), Gypsy Sisters (Kaisercraft) Cardstock: Black by Quill, Crumbcake by SU! Other: Stamp-It Embossing powder in Seafoam White, Hemp Twine Tools: Paper Cutter (SU!), Heat Gun, Bone folder (SU!), Embossing Pillow
A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to Preeya for this brilliant tutorial. Happy card-making folks!!!! :) xx