Chalkboard Happy New Year Card
Heartfelt Creations Wednesday
Happy 2014, friends! I love New Year’s Day! It’s like having a clean slate…and that is what inspired me to make this chalkboard Happy New Year card for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.
I fell in love with this Script Key Background PreCut Set from HC. The fonts are so elegant and the sentiments are so meaningful. I thought they would be perfect to use on a Happy New Year card. I thought about doing it in gold embossing on white…or silver on white…but then I had the “clean slate” idea and knew that it just had to be a chalkboard Happy New Year Card.
You will love making this card because it comes together in just minutes. The key to making a really good chalkboard card is three-fold:
1) use an embossing buddy and a stamp mat pad
2) Use a good quality pigmented white ink (I used Color Box Frost White)
3) Use a super fine white embossing powder over the white ink
I always dust my cardstock with my embossing buddy before I emboss. I got mine from Stampin’ Up…but there are other brands available. You can also make one by sewing a small pouch out of loose weave knit and filling it with cornstarch. i just lightly pounce my embossing buddy over the surface of the area I’m going to emboss. Using the stamp mat pad ensures that you will get a good impression from your stamp. You want to use an opaque, pigmented ink for this technique so you will have time to apply that superfine white embossing powder. I use it because it keeps the image nice and crisp. So, now that you know all my secrets, you can create your own chalkboard Happy New Year card!
Once I’ve stamped and heat embossed my image, i lightly tap my index finger in the ink and carefully smudge it around the background to give it that true chalkboard look. This stamp is just the perfect subject for using a chalkboard technique.
I used minimal embellishments on my card because I wanted those sentiments to take center stage. Just a polka dot ribbon, button and twine with one of the tickets from the Floral Key paper collection were all I needed.
I stamped the inside with the same stamp, using Memento London Fog ink. Then I simply added a journaling block and cut out letters from my other favorite background stamp (All Seasons Sentiments) and the card was finished.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired to give chalkboard stamping a try. For a complete supply list and detailed instructions for making this card, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog where you will find dozens of ideas from the rest of the HC design team. Remember, your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!
Wishing you a blessed, prosperous, joyful and creative 2014!