Friday, March 22, 2013

Chalks Away!

OK, so I was a bit panicked when Nat gave us her challenge for this week's Daring Cardmakers.  You're probably well aware by now that I don't really do stamping and the style of cards the Chalkboard or Blackboard trend is about is really a stamping technique.

".... this week I've challenged the design team and you to...
Create a card that pays homage to the chalkboard look
Ideally I would love it if you could try the heat embossing technique, but if you don't have the supplies there are plenty of fonts and printables out there that you could use to replicate the look."

Nat explains all about it over on the DCM BLOG so please pop over and have a look at the info and all the fab cards the team have made this week
I don't have any suitable stamps and I don't have any white ink or white embossing powder to stay true to the technique so I had a hunt around on the net and found a wonderful free printable background which cheered me no end!
Next I spent a good deal of time playing about with fonts and dingbats - tbh I should have just stopped messing about and got on with ticking off other things from my to-do list!
In the end, I made a couple of cards - I'll save one of them for another post but here's what was actually the second card I made

I used:
Papers and die cut border Crate Papers "Lillian"
Ribbons, Lace, Wired Flowers all from stash - mostly from Creative Treasures
Coiled paper roses made from paper scraps

Chalkboard Printable Background from HERE
With the background loaded into Paint Shop Pro I added the sentiment on to the centre using the colour set to white
The flowery border is actually made from a dingbat font called "Menina Graciosa Ornaments Two" and is made up of masses of flower patterns - you just type a letter on your keyboard to get the corresponding flower or leaf design
I just "doodled" with the font-flowers to make the frame for the words. 
That done, I took it a step further and added a few bits of chalky-colours using the flood fill tool, still working with PSP.
Next step was to resize and print off the finished design and make the card

I hope you like it and will feel inspired to have a try at making your own version - or go the "proper" route and do it the stamping way!

Thanks for visiting


Karen said...

Well done you for managing to get around the stamping haha!!! This really looks like a chalkboard, great card xxx

Lythan said...

that is adorable Kathy and a great way not to stamp. I really like the little bit of ribbon to hang the board from - great touch!

Natty said...

Well done you for all your hard work to get the look without the stamping. :) Just goes to show how you can use different media yet still get that chalkboard look. I just love the border around the greeting Kathy, I think it'd be perfect as art for the wall surrounding a little house and the old "Home Sweet Home"...

Hazel said...

No one would realise that this hadn't been stamped - good idea to get round it in this way - super card for the DCM challenge - although I think one day you'll get into stamping - lol! x