CASEing Christmas – Day 9

Since I really enjoyed the challenge of creating a one layer card yesterday, I decided to step outside my comfort zone again today and try something new. In this case, that new (to me) technique was creating a “chalkboard” card. I also decided to keep this card CAS (Clean and Simple) in keeping with yesterday’s lesson in the Holiday Style class over at Online Card Classes.

The chalkboard technique has actually been around for quite a while, but I had never actually given it a try. The cards created by Maureen and Catherine the past couple of days in the CASEing Christmas class over at StampNation finally convinced me to try it. Here’s a snippet of the card Catherine created today for our inspiration.

CASEing Christmas - Day 9 snippet

For my CASE (Copy and Share Everything), I decide to incorporate the following elements from Catherine’s card into mine:

  • Chalkboard
  • Color – I love the pool blue color she used for her mat.
  • Stitched detail – It’s difficult to see but her snowflakes have a stitched detail.

Here is my finished card.

Mel's Card Corner | Joy Chalkboard

I definitely learned a lot while creating this chalkboard panel. I need to practice the technique a bit more so my “chalk” doesn’t look quite so splotchy in places. Overall though, I’m super pleased with how this card turned out.

Mel's Card Corner | Joy Chalkboard

The stamp is from Close to My Heart and I absolutely fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Ironically, my very first thought for this particular stamp was a chalkboard card. The way it’s designed reminds me of the hand-lettered chalkboard signs one might see at a coffee house or bistro. I stamped it in VersaMark ink on some black cardstock and then heat embossed it using some super fine white embossing powder. I then VERY lightly sponged around the card using a fingertip dauber and white pigment ink. I quickly discovered to remove as much of the pigment ink as possible from the sponge before taking it to the paper or it will just look white and not like a dirty chalkboard.

As far as the construction of the card, it’s all pretty basic so I’m not going to go into any of those details. To finish off the card, I used some black & white baker’s twine and added a cute little red enamel heart in the middle of the o in joy. All of the products I used are linked below my signature.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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