I’m back from a really busy weekend… which all began with a lovely Stampin’ Up!® party in Belper, where I caught up with lots of people I hadn’t seen for a while (and gorged myself on rocky road!).
The hostess had requested embossing as a technique but then managed to pull in a crowd of 16, so I decided this would be best confined to the demonstration. So I decided to show them the chalkboard technique. I have to say at this point that the new chalkboard paper is absolutely perfect for this, and I do have some, so I don’t know what made me use ordinary Basic Black for my project.
My pictures are a little lacking I’m afraid, but the original has now gone to the hostess, as a thank you for having me (and for pulling in such a big crowd!). I made this little basket with the Berry Basket die which is so very, very cute and will come in handy for all kinds of occasions. It’s important that you follow the instructions the first time you assemble it, which is why I wanted to demo it. It’s a great die for using up all those strips of DSP and cardstock you’ve been saving - these are perfect for making contrasting trim around the top of the basket; the die makes scalloped and straight trim so you can choose.
My project is a sort of CASE of this project by Amy Koenders, with the addition of the tag. Naturally, Amy’s project is neater than mine – no doubt because she didn’t pack it in a trolley, then remember she hadn’t photographed it so fished it out again and realise it was a little worse for wear already, before even leaving the house!
The chalkboard technique is really simple. All you do is emboss some words (I used Blushing Bride embossing powder) and then add some chalky effects with your white ink pad. Another way is to use the Embossing Buddy (which helps prevent stray powder from sticking to your card) to add a chalky look to your finished project.
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