Technique: Chalkboard

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When I attended Stampin’ Up! Convention in 2007, I received in a swap the most amazing card — solid images that were vivid and electric against the black card stock.  How did they do that?  A little trial and error, and some online investigation, led me to the Chalkboard technique.  Very simply, stamp a solid image in Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) Craft ink on dark card stock.  Even before it dries, begin applying Stampin’ Pastels with the applicator, building up the color.  If your color strays into the base card stock, no problem:  use the eraser that comes with the Pastels!  Sealing your finished work with a very light mist of hairspray or fixative is a good idea.  Oh, and try this same technique with our Watercolor Pencils!

Now, off to mail this to my nephew for his 41st birthday.  {{Shriek!}}

Stamps:  Best Wishes & More (p. 64), Twill (retired)

Ink:  Kiwi Kiss (retired), Whisper White Craft

Paper:  Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Stampin’ Pastels, 1⅜” Square Punch, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Chocolate Chip)

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