Welcome to Day Four of the The Craft's Meow March Stamp Release!
TCM's giving away TWO new stamp sets each day of the release to celebrate its second birthday!!! (See below for the particulars.)
AND two of y'all will win ALL FOUR of this month's new stamp sets during the March 21st blog hop!
PLUS... if you spend more than $50 at The Craft's Meow, you'll get the new Sweet Silhouettes set for free!
T O D A Y' S S P E C I A L P R I Z E O P P
Two TCM blog commenters will be randomly drawn to receive today's featured set, Sweet Silhouettes, and will be announced in tomorrow's TCM blog post. Leave a comment on the TCM blog by 8:00 p.m., PST, tonight to qualify.
I decided to try the chalkboard technique for the first time, and I must say, I was fit to be tied! Usually when I use my powder bag on dark cardstock, it looks a right mess. This time, though, I got NO mess. So let's just chalk this up to a clean chalkboard in honor of the occasion (pun intended)! I really enjoyed playing with my Prismacolor pencils, and I recommend going ombre to everyone!
S U P P L I E S
Cardstock: Bazzill, The Paper Company; Patterned Paper: Wisteria (Basic Grey); Stamps: Sweet Silhouettes (The Craft's Meow); Inks: Frost White (ColorBox); Other Mediums: Lilac, Lavender, Dahlia Purple colored pencils (Prismacolor), purple Sharpie; Accents: Gems (Hero Arts); Other: Gamsol; Tools: corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
T I P S
When working with super fine details like the ones present in this image, you need to keep your pencils very sharp for pinpoint precision.
Colorbox's Frost White is the ONLY white ink I can recommend for stamping on dark papers. I love it! If you don't already have some, make it the very next craft item you buy!
I N S T R U C T I O N S
- Make card base and round corners.
- Cut, round corners, and adhere patterned paper to card.
- Cut and round corners of dark-colored image panel.
- Slap an Embossing Buddy (powder bag) on your image panel. You want it to look like a chalkboard that's been erased several times. (You can also use baby powder to achieve this effect if you don't have an Embossing Buddy.)
- Stamp your image using Frost White ink by ColorBox. Heat set.
- Starting with the darkest shade, lightly add color to the bottom of your focal image. You will switch to the middle color for the layer above, and the lightest for the top layer. The objective is for each layer of color to blend seamlessly with the next. So start light with all the colors and then begin to add color as needed. (Because my image was in a frame, I decided to go from dark to light in a reverse order at the top of the frame for balance.) Use Gamsol to help blend from shade to shade.
- Cut, round corners, and stack mattes and image panel; adhere to card.
- Adhere gems. (Mine were light lavender, but I wanted them to be a deeper shade, so I colored them with a purple Sharpie.)
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