Technique Thursday – Chalk “Talk”

By | January 29, 2015

Today, I’m going to talk about chalk, specifically the new Chalkboard Paper and coordinating Colorbox Chalk ink pads.  I was super intrigued when I originally saw this specialty paper.  I love using chalkboards in scrap booking, so I was thrilled to give it a try in card making too.  I’ve been playing with the products for a bit now, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned.

I have a card to share featuring the Apothecary Art stamp set and coordinating Labels Collection Framelits Dies.  (You can purchase these items in a bundle for 15% off!)  This stamp set is one of my old favorites that I’ve used again and again, and it looks beautiful on chalkboard paper.

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The Chalkboard Paper is thick and has two sides, 1) a soft, almost suede feeling side and 2) a smooth side that feels like normal paper.  The soft side works great with the Colorbox Chalk inks, as well as White Craft ink.  The smooth side of the paper works with all the other inks.  I have to admit that I did a little experimenting.  I tried to stamp the Apothecary Art stamp above in Gold Metallic Encore ink on the soft side.  Well, it was a dismal failure!  It never dried, no matter what I did, including using a heat tool.  It just stayed wet and smeared when I touched it.  So, take my word for it and don’t waste your paper.  For the soft side, just use the Colorbox Chalk inks and White Craft ink.

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The Colorbox Chalk inks are very, very subtle.  In other words, they don’t stamp very dark.  At first, I wasn’t sure I liked them.  But the more I used them, I changed my mind.  They definitely provide a different effect that you don’t get with other inks.  For my label, I stamped the main label with Yellow Citrus and the Happiest Birthday with Aquamarine.  As you can see, you can barely tell that the Happiest Birthday is slightly colored blue, but it is, and I’ve grown to really like the subtle delicacy of the color.  The ink is fairly wet when stamped, so I used a heat tool to set it before cutting it out with a Labels Collection Framelits Dies.

If you prefer to have darker, more vibrant shades from the Colorbox Chalk inks, you can use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp your image two or even three times on top of each other.

Another thing to consider is the type of stamps you select.  If you select a fine design stamp, such as the one above, the Colorbox Chalk inks will show up more delicately.  For more vibrant colors, use bolder, bigger stamps.

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Another thing that I’ve learned about the Chalkboard paper is that I really like to pair it up with bright colors, such as the flowers on my card.  The black really makes the colors pop and look beautiful.  I created my flowers with three layers, using the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The bottom layer is from card stock, two flowers are from Crisp Cantaloupe and one is from Calypso Coral.  The top two layers are dyed White Filter Paper.  I simply took an Aqua Painter and dipped it in the lid of my stamp pad to color the Filter Paper.  Once it was dry, I punched out the flowers.  Then, I used some liquid glue to attach the Filter Paper flowers to the card stock flowers and scrunched them.

I cut the Gold Glimmer leaves using the Bouquet Bigz L Die.  The background layers are from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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Supplies used on my card:

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I encourage you to try out the new Chalkboard paper for yourself.  It’s easy to use and a fun alternative for your handmade projects.

Tami Hewlett


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