Happy Saturday! The first weekend of the new year! What are you all up to? Me.. crafting! Finishing up the last of my projects for CHA for Echo Park and Carta Bella. I’ve made several super cute things for the booths and I can’t wait to share! Any of my blog reader friends going to CHA?
So, I got slightly sidetracked working on my CHA projects and decided to make a little ‘chalkboard’ card. I have seen these around here and there and love the look so of course I had to give it a try. How hard can it be? Slap some white ink onto a stamp and go to town on some black paper.
Eh.. not so much.
My Brilliance brand pigment ink is not so.. brilliant. It stamps on the black as a icky grey color. After a quick Google search trying to figure out why my white was not WHITE.. I learned that I should use craft ink. Well, whatever. I don’t have no stinkin’ craft ink! I ended up coming to terms with my inky issues and realized my muted white ‘chalk’ look wasn’t so bad afterall. It was my first try so it is what it is…
… And it’s a wanna-be cool chalkboard card. lol
What the heck is ‘craft ink’ anyways. Helllloooooo, people. I used my ‘regular’ ink on crafts.
Ink + crafts = craft ink. Am I missing something here? What kind of confuzzled mess is this world coming to? “No.. you need to use CRAFT ink..” “No.. not that ink you always use for CRAFTING”…”I mean REAL craft ink.. the crafty kind!”
Shut it! Just shut.it.
*currently looking on Amazon for proper craft ink…*
Anyhow, to give myself a littele more credit, it does look better in person! The ‘PARTY’ stamp looks fuzzy in the photo, but in person it’s pretty crisp and looks cute colored in!
So, if anyone wants to make a wanna-be chalkboard card like me with your non-’craft ink’ ink.. here’s some tips!
- 1). Go buy proper craft ink
OK, really now.. All ya need is some white ink of some sort, light grey ink, a card base, black paper, stamps, and some colored pencils. I used white, pink, teal, and yellow. I really think the colored pencils added in give it a true chalkboard feel.
- Start by laying out your stamps over the black cardstock so you can kinda see how you will fill in the gaps a bit. I didn’t really ‘cram’ stamps onto my card and it still looks cute!
- Using a ruler and white colored pencil, create a border. I found it looks much cuter with a border.
- Ink up your stamps and.. well.. STAMP! (Who woulda thought it, right?)
- Let the ink dry and then add some little touches of color with colored pencils. I drew some confetti and ‘streamers’. Cute, cute!
- Now you’ll add the ‘chalk dust’. The ‘dust’ looks better done with light grey ink. I did white at first and was like, “Did that just happen!? That looks like crud!” (I hate to start over on a project, so to show that card who was boss I had to rip it into a million pieces and slam it into the trash like yesterday’s scraps!)
I am pretty sure I just heard a loud ‘gasp’ from you..”this chick tosses her scraps?!!!!”
No, I really don’t. My kids usually steal them for their projects.
- Use a sponge to lightly rub in some ink.. Be gentle.. the paper is sensitive you know.
That’s pretty much it! VERY simple and a funky-cool look! This would be fun for tags, etc. I secretly want to make a few more, but I have to keep priorities straight. Back to ‘work’ for me! CHA is coming up fast!
I hope you all have a great weekend! *waves*Pin It