Sunday, January 6, 2013

Chalkboard Valentine

Happy Sunday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Today is a brand new monthly challenge on the Great Impressions Blog.

This month it's a sketch challenge. The layout is from one of our DT members, Erin Taylor. Hope you can play along with us. You have a chance to be a guest designer on the Great Impressions Blog for March and win some great stamps.

My sample is one that I made using a new technique I just learned how to do.

It's called the chalkboard technique. The idea is to create a card with a sentiment or image that looks like it's on a chalkboard. It was easy to do and I love the look.

For my chalkboard card, I decided to go Valentine's Day. And, here's how I did it:

1. Run an embossing buddy over a piece of black card stock. This will keep the embossing powder from sticking in places you don't want it to.
2. Stamp the image or sentiment with Versamark and emboss with white embossing powder.
3. Use a white pencil to add some hand-drawn lines. I used it on the edge of my black card stock.
4. Now, add your *chalk dust* by sponging white ink onto the black card stock. You can use a paper towel or a sponge.

I used 3 different Great Impressions Stamps on this card.

I used the Jar Candy hearts -E565 Burst of Hearts -G319 and Happy Valentines Day -D364 for the chalkboard images. I wanted to give the effect of hearts flowing from the jar of candy hearts.

Added a Spellbinders flag to complete the card. I just love this technique and definitely will use it again.

Well, that's it for me today so until next time........God bless.

layout to use for your card


Some other challenges:
1.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Dream Valley Challenge has an anything goes.
3.  Pile It On has a black, white and another color challenge.


  1. Oh, I love this! Thanks for sharing the technique. It looks great!

  2. Your chalkboard is adorable, Mary! I love how this turned out. You chose a super image to do this technique with.

  3. This is gorgeous, Mary! Love this technique and hope to try it soon. You've inspired me!
    Best wishes for a happy, blessed New Year!

  4. This was such a great technique. Thanks for a little inspiration.

  5. So pretty card. Thanks for palying with us at Dream Valley challenge.

  6. A very pretty card. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley challenge this fortnight. Marlene DT

  7. Mary you knocked this one out of the park! I love the hearts "bursting" from the jar and can't wait to try the new technique!

  8. Your chalkboard look turned out great. I love the technique you used. Wonderful card! Hope you are doing well and I wish you a wonderful New Year! Best, Curt

  9. I love this sketch and have yet to try this chalkboard technique. It's on my list, but it seems the list keeps getting longer and longer! It's been fun catching up on your blog. So much inspiration here!

  10. Fabulous card Mary!! The heart jar is so much fun! I love doing the chalkboard technique and I see it has taken off everywhere in blogland.

  11. This is a wonderful technique! I love the sprinkling of hearts and the jar!

  12. Beautiful project. I love the composition and the colors! Thanks for stopping by our house at 613 Avenue Create. We hope you will become a regular visitor!

  13. Oh this is just lovely! I so want to try the chalk board technique! Awesome results. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create.

  14. that is so sweet. love your love card. thanks for playing with us at Pile It On.



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