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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges this week has been bought to us by Kris.  Along with the sketch, she wants us to use the Technique – Chalkboard.  Tutorial at the end of post.  Now, I am not a lover of this technique as I find it very messy, but will be the first to admit it does leave you with a very lovely effect.  In fact, this is the first time that I have ever felt that I liked something well enough to post.
Maybe, just maybe you may find me attempting to create more using this technique.  I decided to use a Stamp Set that is a little different from the usual ones used for Chalkboard!   Using the stamp I used, I had to change the shape of the oval a little, so hopefully Kris will forgive me for this.  Mind you, that is the beauty about challenges, as long as you basically stay within the sketch, you have a free hold & it challenges you to use products, colours, techniques, etc you would not normally attempt.  In other words, “out of your comfort zone“.  I even used colours that are way out of my comfort zone!!!!!
Measurements –
Base Card – Cherry Cobbler – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – So Saffron – 3 7/8″ x 4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 & 3 – Whisper White – 4 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ or 11.5cm x 5cm
Layer 4 – Bashful Blue – 2 3/8″ x 3″ or 6cm x 8cm
Layer 5 – Cherry Cobbler – 2 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 5.5cm x 7.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – White Craft, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue
Cardstock – Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Bashful Blue
Accessories – Stampin’ Pastels, Bigshot, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue
Non-SU – Cotton Buds
Instructions –
Stamp image onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using White Craft Ink
Chalk image using Cotton Buds
Adhere to piece of Bashful Blue Cardstock with Snail Adhesive
Adhere Ribbon around bottom & tie knot. Set aside
Randomly stamp sentiment onto both pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cherry Cobbler Ink Prior to stamping, stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper
Run both pieces through Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Adhere to So Saffron Cardstock as per sketch using Multipurpose Glue
Adhere chalked piece to Base Card as per sketch

Technique Tutorial –
Ink a solid image onto a dark Cardstock using White Craft Ink
With SU! Pastels & a Cotton Bud, apply chalk to your image, ensuring you dab over all the white ink
Add as many colours as you wish using the above step
With a Tissue, remove the excess chalk very carefully

Tips –
When using SU! Pastels, no need for the ink to dry
When using Pencils, allow the ink to dry
Use SU! Sponges instead of Cotton Buds

Ok, now it is your turn. Pop on over to Sunny Challenges, check out what Kris & Libby have created, create your card, scrapbook page, etc & then come back to Sunny Challenges & link to My Linky.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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