Thursday, January 24, 2013

Waltzingmouse Monday Morning Make - Chalkboard

Did you see the "Monday Morning Make" Technique Challenge Claire posted over at Waltzingmouse?  It's a really fun one -  a trendy chalkboard look.  The last Waltzingmouse Blog Party there were a few cards that were made using this technique and it really caught my eye too!  I'm so glad for an excuse to give it a try.  I almost feel like I took a class reading Claire's blog.   It details step by step instructions - all you need is a little practice and patience.  The hardest part was deciding on what stamps to use.


Like most crafters I used what I had on hand.  I was miffed with stamping embossing ink on black paper because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to see it.   The neat freak I can sometimes be wanted to line everything up perfectly (I used 5 stamps on this one).  My solution? White ink.    The only white ink I had on hand was chalk ink and the embossing powder  didn't stick so good to it.  Switch to Plan B - I went for the embossing pad and ran across an old one I bought that was tinted!  That helped loads!  I won't tell you how many sheets of black paper I went through before I was happy with it - but good news - in the end I was happy with it. Oh and another thing I learned - chalk ink is good for the over strike because you can erase it if you don't like it.

Chalkboards always remind me of school and kids - so I made this little colorful candy bag. I'm sure you can find directions on line somewhere but I just winged it. On a 12 x 12 sheet of heavy card stock I scored lines at 1/2", 5", 6", and 10 1/2 and 11" and then turned my paper sideways and scored 1" along the bottom. Cut on the scored lines to the 1" bottom line and fold the edges up for the bottom. I trimmed the top of the bag with deckle edge scissors. 


I like to use wired ribbon for bigger bows - they are easy to shape and always stay poofy.  I hot glued a big button with a gem in the center of the bow.  I think it looks like a big piece of candy! I  am addicted to bitty tags so of course I added on on the corner of the bag!

I hope you will give this fun technique a try and link up your project at the Waltzingmouse Makes blog.  You have until next Monday to link up!  

Jeanne

Supplies Used: Finished Size 4.5" x 1" x 6.25"
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Holiday Labels 14, Candy Wagon
Pattern Paper: October Afternoon, Cakewalk Collection "Paper Straws"
Card stock: Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst, True Black
Border Punch: Martha Stewart Double Scallop
Dies: Spellbinder Labels, Grand Labels
Extras: Button, Gem, Eyelet
Turquoise 1.5" Wired Ribbon Kirkland Costco
Ink: Embossing, Versamagic Cloud White
Twinery Strawberry Twine
Zing! Embossing Powder White

16 comments:

Joyce said...

This is fabulous. Love your choice of stamps, and all the bright colors you were able to bring in with your tissue paper, bow and patterned paper. You took the concept and really made it your own.

anya said...

How FUN! I love that you decorated a gift bag. I adore the black with the rest of the bright patterns and colors on the bag. This is such a fun technique, I'm looking forward to playing along with this challenge this weekend!

Asha said...

This what I love about you... you take a challenge and throw it to new heights. I love what you did here, Jeanne. What can I say, except for: Thanks for sharing your talent.

hugs, Asha

Pauline said...

What a fab bag Jeanne, a perfect way to present a special gift!

Julia Aston said...

Love your pretty decorated bag Jeanne! We used the same set on our chalkboard projects! I didn't shadow stamp though - I was chicken! another way to see where you've stamped is to apply the embossing powder after each stamping - then tap it off and you'll see where everything is! just don't hit it with your fingers or it will come off of course!! Lovely bright colors on this!

Claire said...

It always makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who has to make several attempts before getting it right Jeanne! Your stamping looks absolutely perfect and I love how you've teamed it up with such bright colours. Gorgeous!

Renee said...

Jeanne...
as always you just amaze me!!
The bold, bright, fun colors are absolutely perfect with this...
and I am going to have to use this technique with this fun set...
it's perfect!! :)
Gorgeous as always!

Vickie Z said...

Okay girl-you had me at the colors and the big ole' bow...just things I love!! I don't eat candy but, I adore andy bags and this is perfect!! Hope you're having a great WE!!

Sharron said...

Oh, you sound like me! I goofed up my first try and then after completing my perfectly stamped second one, I was stamping with ink over the embossed label and accidentally turned it upside down!! I absolutely love your happy little bag. The bright colors and that cool image look fantastic!

Marybeth said...

Jeanne it looks like you followed all the directions to the T… I never stamped twice. Love your treat bag and the big fun bow. The bag you have created is a gift all on its own. Enjoy your weekend.

Kim Heggins said...

Jeanne, this is such a fun way to give a gift! So festive too, as always you are just so amazing and very creative. Love it!

Kelly S. said...

I LOVE that you turned it into a candy bag label for a little treat bag...so perfect! The colorful background elements really make your chalkboard sentiments POP right off of my screen. Once again...peeling my eyes off of the bow was the most difficult part. They are seriously hypnotizing to me! Next time I can't sleep, I am going to grab my new smart phone and bring up your blog, heeee!

Deborah Frings said...

A truly magnificent bag - love the paper you've used and that superb bow! The stamped images are a perfect match!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Isn't this just the cutest thing ever. Beautiful bright colors and your bow...oh my, it's divine!

Claire Brennan said...

Oh I love the contrast of the black board look with the brights of this gorgeous candy bag!! Superb Jeanne!!! hugs to you for playing along!!

Jinny Newlin said...

LOVE this technique, and you've totally rocked it, girl! It was totally worth the extra cardstock ;). And that bow is marvelous! Yum!