Wednesday, February 2, 2022


Today I have a new technique to share with you.  I was reminded of this technique at a retreat I participated in a couple of weeks ago.

It is called the Chalkboard Technique.  It has been a long time since I used it, and honestly, I had forgotten all about it.  Are you like that?  Occasionally, do you need to be reminded of a technique that you first learned many years ago?

So, before getting into the details of today's card, let me briefly and simply explain the Chalkboard Technique.  If you think of a chalkboard, what do you see?  Well, first you probably picture a blackboard.  Next, maybe you think of erasers and the chalk dust they would leave behind.  Were you ever "assigned" to clean the chalk board?

Well, it is that dusty chalk that you are trying to mimic when you use the chalkboard technique.  The 1st step in the technique is to heat emboss your image with white embossing powder on black cardstock.  Then, all that is left is to add some "chalk dust".  To do that, use White Craft Ink and a blending tool of your choice to add a little white "dust" on and around the image.  

My chalkboard is actually quite clean, or at least it looks clean in the photo.  In person you can see a light coating of "chalk dust" all over the image.  I used another image from the In the Moment Stamp Set.  I love how this stamp set has three different images and three different sentiments -- one sentiment that seems to coordinate perfectly with each image.  Doesn't this girl in the window look like she is deep in thought?

This technique is fun and simple, so I challenge you to try it. 

I call the fun-fold for today's card a double-flap fun fold.  I've used this basic fold before, just in a little different size.  The section on the left folds to the right, like a normal card, but the smaller section on the right with the girl in the window folds to the left.  

This is a perfect fun fold to use your designer series paper.  The wood grain paper I used is from the Heart & Home Designer Series Paper (DSP) Collection.  This collection definitely deserves a second look.  There are colorful floral images on one side and different woodgrain patterns in Basic Gray and White on the reverse side of each sheet.  See more details by checking it out in the Product List below.

The right flap is held in place by a one-inch flap that is secured under the white panel on the inside of the card.  The sentiment on the inside is from the Special Moments Sale-a-Bration Stamp set that you can select for FREE with a $100 purchase.  If you are in need of a great, versatile sentiment stamp set, this is a perfect choice.  You can check it out in the Product List below to see all the diverse types of sentiments that are in it.  I really like this "hang in there" sentiment.  Some days that is about all we can do, isn't it.

If you would like the cutting dimensions and directions to make this fun fold, you can download a FREE Tutorial here.

Below is the Product List with links to see me information on each item.

Product List

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