Chalkboard Technique with a Twist

This started out as a clean and simple card that I wanted to create using the chalkboard technique and Simon Says Stamp’s “Card Exchanging Friends” stamp set. The stamps were included in the August Card Kit.

You will see that I didn’t achieve the clean and simple look, as I ended up cutting the card down to remove all that extra “white space.” I also added more grunge than necessary ’cause if I can’t have layers, I gotta have grunge. LOL.CAS-Experiment-No1-Web

 The twist on the chalkboard technique came with the “bright” idea to do an opposite color scheme. White and black makes…wait for it…whiteboard. Okay, so it isn’t as cool or as trendy as chalkboard, but I wanted to see what would happen if I tried a similar technique.

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It sort of looks like a whiteboard. Or it just looks like I’m a careless stamper. I don’t know which one.

With school starting soon in these parts, I took the chalkboard and whiteboard concept literally and made frames for my little 3×4 note cards. The frames help contain all that empty space somehow. 🙂 These would be cute for teacher or lunch box notes.

What do you think? All comments are welcome.

Thanks for checking out my little experiment!

Stephanie

Chalkboard Technique (as used above):

1. Stamping image/sentiment in pigment or Versamark ink on black -smooth- cardstock

2. Heat emboss the image with white embossing powder

3. Stamp over the same image/sentiment with white pigment ink, only offsetting it a bit

4. Smudge the pigment ink a bit (or a lot!) before it dries to create the chalk dust effect

For the Whiteboard, I followed similar steps, only using Black and grey ink. Apparently I don’t have black pigment ink. Or maybe it is still hiding in a moving box.

Shimmery Salted Distress Ink Technique

Shimmery-Distress-Salt-Technique-WebThis technique was demonstrated by Kristina Werner in Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 2 Day 8.  (Do yourself a big favor and check these classes out!) I love inky techniques, but I’m not so sure this is card can be classified as clean and simple. There is no white on the card…I usually think of clean and simple as a white or neutral background. Purple is definitely not neutral.

While the technique to create backgrounds with distress ink is pretty standard (as developed by Tim Holtz), Kristina added the artsy twist of throwing salt on the background. I have added one more twist…

My version is to smoosh distress ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritz the inky puddles with water, then moosh your watercolor paper into it. Yes, watercolor paper makes a difference. The ink soaks into regular cardstock and it comes out very splotchy and not artsy.

After getting the background color on, flip the paper over and sprinkle with salt. I had a baggie of flake salt, but table salt, kosher salt and probably sea salt will work. Let it sit and dry. (Don’t be tempted to play with the salt. Leave it!) The salt soaks up moisture and color leaving some interesting patterns on the paper.

Because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to spritz the drying, salt covered background with Mr. Huey’s Shine color mist spray by Studio Calico.  It kind of fizzed a bit and looked shimmery. I wasn’t sure what a heat gun would do, so I left it to air (slow!) dry overnight.Distress-Salt-Shimmer-Close

Other than cropping the background to fit the card and inking the edges with some distress ink, this is what we got…. Unexpected, but really neat with a bit of shimmer. I could see doing this for winter backgrounds.

 

To finish the card, I stamped the background using solid images and Archival Jet Black ink. I spritzed purple cardstock with more Mr. Huey’s shine, added a black sheer ribbon and adhered my background with foam adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder for a slightly elegant look.

Below are some resources for working with Ranger Distress inks:

  • Tim Holtz the Distress Ink Master
  • Shari Carroll has a great video here
  • Jennifer McGuire did a whole series of videos for Two Peas in a Bucket using Ranger products. The link to her video on Distress Ink Basics is here

 
Have you had any experiments turn out pretty good in crafting?  Let me know in the comments!
 
Thanks for coming by today!

 Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Stampin’ Up!), Sentiment (Hero Arts Everyday Sayings)

Paper: Watercolor (yellow cover by Strathmore), Purple (color name unknown) Bazzill

Ink: Distress Ink by Ranger in Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, Archival Jet Black, Versamark

Misc: Salt, Sheer black ribbon (Celebrate It Basic Narrows/Michaels), Mr. Huey’s Shine Color Mist spray (Studio Calico), Silver embossing powder (Martha Stewart), Dimensionals by Stampin’ Up!

Two Takes on Hero Arts Washi Tape Stamps

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Today I want to share a brief overview on inking and masking techniques used with the tape strip stamps from the wonderful Hero Arts stamp set called Tape Your Message. Brand new for 2013, the clear set is a fun collection of Washi tape-style strips and journalling frames. I had fun experimenting with these and came up with two ways of stamping these images on a single layer card.

Each card is 3-1/2 inches square—the perfect size love note for a lunch bag or to attach to a candy treat. If you look at the “H” in the sentiment of each card, there is a difference. The card on the right shows a traditional masking technique and the card on the left shows an inking technique.

Let’s start with the card on the right:

The crossbar of the “H” was stamped first in Soft Granite shadow ink. I masked it with an image cut out of a sticky note and Before-Mask-Removed-Webthen stamped the rest of the “H” in Butter Bar mid-tone shadow ink and in Soft Pool shadow ink. The lower part of the “I” was stamped in Pool mid-tone shadow ink.

The great thing about clear stamps is that you can see through them to get perfect placement of your images. (Note: click on image for larger pic. Sorry for the blurriness!)

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Remove the yellow sticky note mask and voilà, it magically appears to be in front of the upright parts of the “H.”

 

The heart is a small  heart from the Hero Arts Heart frame cuts. I cut double-sided sticky tape and sprinkled red glitter all over it. Burnish very well and most of the glitter will stay stuck to the sticky tape.

 

 

For some great tutorials and projects using the masking technique check out these links:

  • Jennifer McGuire has a video of basic masking techniques here.
  • Kristina Werner uses masking a lot. Here are a couple of videos here and here.
  • Splitcoaststampers has a great short tutorial on masking here.

The card on the Left:

In real life, Washi tape is somewhat transparent, so the color of the item underneath it shows through a bit. In stamping it is hard to get a transparent look without stamping on vellum and cutting out the image. I wanted to see if I could achieve the look in one layer.

This time, start by inking up the vertical parts of the “H.” To make this easier, I have mounted both stamps on the same block, perfectly spaced.

Ink each stamp in a separate color.Washi-Technique-1-Web

Using a folded Ranger ink blending foam, tap the inked stamp where the crossbar should go.  This will remove some, but not all the ink.

Stamp the image onto cardstock for your project.

 

 

 

There will be faded ink across each section. This is where you will line up the inked crossbar piece of Washi tape.

Washi-Result-Close-up-WebAgain, clear stamps make this very easy and allow for near perfect placement.

 

You can see that the crossbar piece of the stamped Washi tape appears to be somewhat translucent, as the other colors show through. (Sorry again for the blurriness!)

 

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The heart on this card is also made with double-sided sticky tape, but it was punched out with the Stampin’ Up! Many Hearts punch (sadly discontinued).

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, ’cause I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I stamped this same design with no masking and no inking. The card panel is in the middle below. It still looks great, so sometimes techniques are not necessary.

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This glittered heart on the middle panel has a layer of Stampin’ Up! Crystal Effects over the red glitter. Ranger’s Glossy Accents, or Judikin’s Diamond Glaze will give you the same effect.

 

Which technique do you think works/looks better?

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps: Hero Arts Tape Your Message clear set

Ink: Hero Arts shadow inks in Butter Bar (mid-tone), Pool (mid-tone), Soft Pool, Soft Granite

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft), Bazzill Date Swirl Smoothie

Dies: Hero Arts Heart Frame Cuts, Stampin’ Up! Many Hearts punch (discontinued)

Misc: Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects, Recollections/Michael’s red fine glitter, Post-it note, Ranger Ink Blending Foam