I'll bet you were expecting a Valentine's Card, right? I would have - except that all my Valentine crafting was finished last week and THIS is what I wanted to show you today. If you spend any time online, then you have seen the chalkboard technique cropping up everywhere. It almost seems like I am the only stamper around who hasn't posted a card using this technique...until now that is. I wanted to wait until I had a really nice one to show you and I do believe this is it! And although the sentiment doesn't scream "Thankful"...you better believe I am thankful for all the things that I've got. Especially the things that are not "things", just like the card says. By the way, on this Valentine's Day (and every other day of the year) .....I am extremely thankful for the love of a truly wonderful man! Okay, now I am in danger of getting really off topic, so back to the card:
Supply List (Spring catalogue products)
Stamps - Feel Goods (w129681, c129684), Itty Bitties (128939), Everything Eleanor (w124162, c124164), Mixed Bunch (w125535, c125537)
Paper - Raspberry Ripple (126842), Pink Pirouette (100459), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stacks (129312)
Ink - Craft White (101731), Raspberry Ripple (126842), Pink Pirouette (126859)
Big Shot - To flatten the Soda Pop Tops
Tools and Accessories - Soda Pop Tops (129388), Designer Builder Brads (129329), Watercolor Pencils - white (101879), White Embossing Powder (109132), Heat Tool (129053), Embossing Buddy (103083), Stitched Satin Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple (126845), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), Blossom Punch (125603), dimensionals (104430), Stamping Sponges (101610)
I just love the effect of the chalkboard technique for making cards. For those who want technical details....the images were stamped with craft ink on the black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. A sponge very slightly loaded with white craft ink was used to create the "smudged" chalk effect and a white watercolor pencil was used to create the lines around the card. I really love this one done as an easel card - I realize I haven't done an easel fold in a while and for the life of me, I can't figure out why?! They are certainly easy enough. And boy are they ever cute!
Today's card? It is definitely above and beyond the cute category (if I do say so myself). This is one of the gorgeous cards that my club ladies are making at our February club nights. Along with a beautiful bloom card and an Easter Basket (that is wickedly cute and easy too!). If you are local and want to take club nights for a "test drive", contact me and we'll see if we can arrange for you to join us.
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And in the meantime, have a wonderful day. Happy Valentine's Day again. And God Bless, ~Cynthia <><