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Friday, January 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink January 2013 Blog Hop Challenge

Here is your chance to try black as a background yourself!  
Pair it up with a bold geometric design or a brightly colored bouquet.  
Heat embossing looks so elegant when used on a black background. 
Don't forget how well white ink will show up as well.  Just pull out some 
black card stock and have fun experimenting with a brand new look!

I originally was going to make a Valentine's Day Card with this bicycle image
from Everyday Button Bits and mount it onto a black textured card base.

After several attempts, this image panel 'morphed' into a gift card holder using the Seed Packet Die. I plan on giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day .... 
I will include a Tim Horton's coffee card and a current cycling magazine. 
He's a cyclist and loves his coffee fix, so this will be a great gift for him.

PTI Supplies
Stamps - Everyday Button Bits, Heart-2-Heart #4 (inner 'spokes'), Flower Fusion #7 (black tires), Tag Its #1 (circle seal) & #11 (heart border) 
Inks - Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow
Card Stock - True Black, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Dies - Half & Half; Seed Packet; Tiny Tags;
Extras - Wood grain IP, Pure Poppy Baker's Twine
 Other Supplies:
Memento Tuxedo Black ink; copic markers; Pentel Silver Gel Pen;  circle punches;
Sizzix Hearts Embossing folder; Versa Mark; Martha Stewart Lady Bug Embossing Powder; Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder;

 I still wanted to make a card for Valentine's Day, so here's my attempt at the Chalkboard Art Technique using a combination of stamps. 
* I started with a True Black card stock panel and various sentiments. 
* Once I was satisfied with the sentiment arrangement, I picked up three groups of stamps with 3 acrylic blocks and stamped them using Versamark. This allowed me to keep the exact placement that I wanted.

PTI Stamps:
Peace, Love & Joy (Love, symbol); Tag Its #12 (cherish); Tag Its #3 (thoughts of you);
Heart-2-Heart #9 (heart banner);  Fillable Frames Additions 2 (you're in my heart; forever & always);  
Tag Its #11 (XOXO border) 

* I then embossed them with Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder.  
* Fresh Snow ink was used to re-stamp the sentiments to create the shadow effect. I also stamped the border with Fresh Snow ink and then created border lines with a Uni-ball Signo White Gel pen. 
* Four white brads were added to the small decorative symbols. 
* Finally more white ink was sponged over the panel blackboard effect. 
* The Linen Impression Plate was used to add texture to the "blackboard".

* The red glitter heart was made by securing Scor-tape on a piece of red card stock, die cutting the Heart-2-Heart #3 die and then sprinkling the tape with Jewel Glitter Ritz Fire Engine Red Micro Fine Glitter. This was mounted with foam dots.

* The front panel was mounted onto the card base (Stamper's Select White card stock), stamped with Background Basics: Wood grain and Pure Poppy ink. 
* The edge of the card was sponged with Soft Stone ink. The last detail was added in the top left corner - a triple bow using Pure Poppy Baker's Twine.

This was a real challenge for me ... 
I always hated smudgy blackboards when I was a teacher and the above 
pictures all look out of focus!! Guess that's the intent of the technique, but 
I just want to get in there and clean it up!!  (*wink*)  I'm not sure that this  
'trend' is one that I will be repeating!! Wonder if my hubby will like it!?

Thanks for visiting today. Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!!
Karen C.


Leigh said...

Great projects, Karen! I really like how you stamped the wheels for the bicycle and your chalkboard technique is wonderful!

Keva Phipps said...

Oh wow. Those are both really great! I'm loving the chalkboard look.

Carolanne said...

The gift card holder you made is just great. I love your chalkboard card too. So pretty!!!

victoria h said...

I'm sure your husband will love the seed packet - it's very cute.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE it all! The giftcard holder is FAB and you are the Master of chalkboard!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love the gift card holder and your chalkboard, fabulous!

Mary said...

Absolutely adore the chalkboard card!

Jill Norwood said...

Karen I love your projects! Love the bicycle and the emobssed hearts on the envie! What a fun card for your husband. I tried my hand at a chalkboard card too! They are fun!

Annheidel said...

Oh how fun! I love how you made tires with heart spokes.

Sadie said...

Your cards are adorable!! I always love black and red with white. Loving what you did with the bike. That's one of my favourite stamp sets!

Joyce said...

Love your gift card holder and your valentine chalkboard. Cute idea to put the hearts in the bicycle wheels.

Suzanne said...

SO cute, Karen! My favorite detail is the XOXO border on your second card - it looks great!

A Crafty Person said...

Two great projects, I love the bicycle card and think the backboard technique is so much fun!

Linda Suarez said...

Hi Karen! I love that bicycle with the hearts on the wheels! And your chalkboard card is great! I love your comment about smudgy blackboards!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the chalkboard card - the heart banners and xoxox borders are fabulous!

Tonya Jastad said...

These are both great! I love the bike tires and you did a fabulous job with the chalkboard technique!

Karen said...

I'm with you on clean chalkboards. I was constantly washing mine when I was a teacher. Nonetheless the card is great, and I love the gift card holder!

maria f. said...

My favorite touch - the little Xs and Os around the edge.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Pretty cards Karen. Especially love the chalkboard one. The glittery heart is so sweet.

carol (krillsister) said...

Great gift card holder.
Love the chalkboard card.
The border is awesome.
Fantastic job on this card.