Using Chalk with Stamps for a Soft Effect

Using Chalk with Stamps for a Soft Effect
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I have been on vacation for a few weeks and have missed blogging!  I thought I may have time to write a few blog posts from the road, but after driving 5 – 8 hours almost every day, I was pretty exhausted and did not have any blogging opportunities.

Before I left, I made this birthday card for a special friend of mine.  I wanted to experiment with my Pebbles I Kan’Dee pastel chalk, so I used the “Happy Birthday” stamps from Stampin’ Up! and the “Sonoma Print” stamp from Memory Box with my VersaMark watermark stamp pad.  Then, I used the chalk and the applicator (an alligator jaw on a stick that grabs tiny pom-poms used to dab at the chalk) to add layers of soft color onto my ordinary cream card stock paper.  I dabbed color at the edges of the torn paper and used foamy double-stick tape to make the main image stand out.  I added brad buttons from The Paper Studio (I can only find them at Hobby Lobby stores, which are everywhere but where I live) and smudged chalk ink on the edges of the green card.  My birthday sentiment was off-center, so I drew a heart with glue and dropped some Flower Soft onto it.

Feminine Birthday Card with Chalk

Feminine Birthday Card with Chalk

If you have craft chalk and are considering experimenting with them, go for it!  I was pleased with the soft effect that the chalk added to this feminine birthday card.  Thanks for reading my blog!  🙂

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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    • Thanks Deborah! Can you beat $4.99 for 120? 😉 I’ve only been blessed with two trips to Hobby Lobby on vacations in the past year. This time I stocked up on button brads and do-dads – unfortunately nothing I bought was on sale.

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