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Monday, March 17, 2008

Chalkboard Technique Improved!!

Here's a fun "Chalkboard Technique" that was shown at SplitCoastStampers. It's VERY simple to do too. You stamp your image, preferably a solid image, with white craft ink. Then you use daubers (or Q-Tips) and dab on the color with chalk. According to their instructions you are to remove the excess chalk with a Swiffer floor towel or a paper towel. I found it easier to use an art gum or kneadable eraser. If you don't have one of these erasers I highly recommend you buy one. They are in the drawing department of your local craft store. The eraser is pliable. You can knead it into any shape you like. I kneaded mine and formed a cone with it and used the tip of the cone to pick up the excess chalk on the black area after I lightly brushed off the excess on the solid areas. The chalk showed up on the black card stock so I thought I would give the eraser a try. It worked SO well that it will be my choice item for removing excess chalk. This eraser is also great because it will pick up graphite off your papers and not wear the paper down nor leave a mark. It removes the marks very cleanly. I have actually been able to remove some ink smudges from my cards too. Not every time but once in a while I catch a break and it works!!!

I thought this would be a fun technique to use making a teacher or student card. The apple is from the Stampin' Up! "Tart & Tangy" set. I also used the "MY ABC's" wheel and the "ABC Images" set. I colored the background apples in with markers. A few punches later and I had a card. This is a VERY quick and easy card to do too. I am going to have to play with the Chalkboard technique a bit more. It was very fun plus it was an easy technique.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,
Wanda

5 comments:

stampin_melissa said...

Cute card Wanda! Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look for one of those kneadable erasers next time I'm HL.

Sara Paschal said...

Going to have to give this a try, love it!

~Deborah~ said...

Im going to have to try this! TFS!
I love your card too cute!
~Deb

Lorraine said...

Very cute card. I'll have to find my kneadable eraser - aren't they fun!

dasimonds said...

Love this technique...
Nicely done....Great Card!