Hi Everyone. Happy Monday. I hope you all had a great start to the week.
Firstly, thank you to all of you who sent emails or left messages on my blog congratulating me on my 1,000 posts. I really did enjoy reading all of them. I will be responding to all of you in the next day or so.
Celebrations continue and the blog candy that was listed on this post is up for grabs for all comments left through this coming Saturday on any post this week.
In the meantime, how about a little bit of fun -before I share my card with you tonight? How about a blog candy gift of some Stampin' Up Botanical Gazette DSP? It's fabulous DSP! Here's a quick reminder of what it looks like.
What do you have to do to win this spot blog candy? How about answering a question. Something totally random! Yeah...
Question for tonight: What is the predominant color of clothing in my wardrobe? So, if you were to take a peek inside the fabulous new closets my darling hubby installed for us, what color would you see the most of amongst my clothes?
I will pick a winner, using random generator, for those of you who choose the correct color.
Leave a message on this post with your answer, or send me an email and I'll choose a winner on Wednesday. So that gives you a couple of days to play along.
Now.. I guess you'd like to see a card, right? This one is for Kathleen!
I've been dying to try the chalkboard technique that you see everywhere these days. However, I've been trying to work out how I can accomplish that look and yet keep it CAS. Well, this weekend I finally hit on a way to do it - and find another way to use the Cross My Heart stamp! I saw that splitcoaststampers had a technique challenge a few weeks ago, so I missed the challenge, but at least it inspired me to try it. :-)
I actually made this card with two different backgrounds - one using the SU Woodgrain stamp and this one, using the Sizzix brick wall stamp. Both of them work really well as cards, except this one worked much better as a chalkboard card. You can tell I had some fun with this one!
I really wanted it to look like street art (isn't that what we call graffiti these days)? So, I ran the card stock through my Big Shot with the embossing folder. I used a diffuser to make sure that I kept the oval part that would house my greeting free of any brick embossing.
I then rubbed my embossing buddy lightly over the brick embossed area - and the area for the sentiment. I stamped it with Versamark and heat set the white embossing powder.
To create a more "chalky" effect, I ran the embossing buddy over the sentiment area again, and shadowed the sentiment with a white pencil. I love that the embossing buddy powder left gave an uneven coating on the card and that some of the raised areas collected more than others. I think this really adds to the chalkboard effect
The heart was created using Cherry Cobbler sparkling details.
There you have it. A CAS card using the chalkboard technique. Cool, huh?
Before I sign off, I thought I would share some pictures from our storm yesterday. Now, those of you on the East Coast probably don't want to see them considering you have so much of your own!!! but I know that there are some of you who might appreciate it. I know Jeanne will appreciate them!
We have a flock of about 30 pigeons that have taken up residence in our woods. I really felt sorry for them when I took this photo yesterday!
As always, thank you for spending a little part of your day in my neck of the woods! Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
p.s. don't forget the blog candy!