chalk it up...
Hello my wonderful friends!
I hope you had a spectacular Thanksgiving (for those of you who celebrate it), and didn't get trampled (for those of you crazy enough to go shopping on black friday! YIKES!)
I know I'm kinda on the late side with my FWF project, but hey, better late than never, right, and if I type fast, I should still be able to link up. :)
Today's card features one of my new favorite techniques I learned from Tim Holtz... It's his version of the current chalkboard craze.
The key element in this technique is Ranger's Antiquities Frosted Crystals embossing Powder. It is a clear embossing powder that when heated, becomes matte and textured... as long as you don't overheat it... if you overheat it, the effect is kinda ruined. So be careful, and watch it close!
Here you can see the difference.. The top one was stamped with a clear embossing ink, then embossed with Frosted Crystals embossing powder. The bottom was stamped with clear embossing ink then embossed with regular clear embossing powder... notice it is shiny and smooth.
So, basically, stamp your image on smooth black (or any dark color) card stock with clear embossing ink. Emboss with Frosted Crystals embossing powder being sure not to overheat.
Once cooled, rub a piece of regular chalk over the piece. The texture of the frosted crystals will catch the chalk!
You can smear and wipe away extra chalk and dust with your fingers or a rag.
It leaves a very realistic look and feel! It is messy, but I totally love it!
Paper: CoreDinations, card stock
Ink: VersaMark, ColorBox
Stamps: Unity "Choose Joy with a Heart", "Strength and Dignity KOM"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Mocha Latte
Other: acrylic paint, ribbon