Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chalked Inchies Card Sept 23

I wanted to participate in the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe challenge this fortnight where the theme is Thinking of You. I'm having fun experimenting with the powdered chalks and accompanying products sold by Stamp N Plus Scrap N. I love the vibrant colours and the many ways that the chalks can be applied for different effects.

This time, I cut inchies (1" squares) from white cardstock. Each inchie was covered with Versamark ink, working one at a time. I needed the Versamark to stay wet which is why I did each one separately. Once coated with ink, I pounced three colours of chalk onto the square using three different scruffy paint brushes for each colour. I wanted to blend the colours where they touched but also wanted the colours to stay true and strong. After the excess chalk was tapped off from the side (much like embossing powder), I spritzed each inchie with a mix of Stardust chalk and water shaken together in a mini mister. It gave a very pretty glimmer to the cards. Then, just cuz, I rubbed my finger in the tiny bit of Stardust chalk left on the plastic spoon and smeared it over the background. Gorgeous! Far less subtle than the spritzing but so pretty. I dried the inchies with my heat gun because I wanted them to be very dry before I stamped and I'm impatient.

Next, the inchies were stamped with black ink using a Stamp N Plus image called Mountain Ash (L1584). The inchies were adhered to a strip of black cardstock which had borders cut using an MFT die. This was glued to a piece of script printed paper from MME's Reunion stack which was mounted on the same black cardstock The entire background was then adhered to the cream card leaving a thin cream border showing. The sentiment, also an SNP stamp, was stamped on a scrap of the script paper and embossed with black embossing powder. Once it was matted on black, tiny orange brads were added to each end to bring some of the inchie colour down to the bottom. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension. The card was finished by adding three small buttons to the top left corner.

I'm having fun learning what these powdered chalks can do. Be sure to check out the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe blog for tutorials on Fridays, challenges every second Sundays, and lots of inspiration all the time. Order up some of the chalk yourself and play along with us. You'll be amazed!

Thanks for stopping by. Love it when you do that!

Life is good; so is art.


1 comment:

ParkNSlide said...

Love this design and the vibrant colors. I can see many uses for this card sketch. The black lacey effect adds a great backdrop for the brightly colored inchies. Bet it really sparkles in person with the addition of the stardust chalk.