Monday, December 02, 2013

Chalkboard Christmas


Hi everyone.  Time for the latest challenge at Merry Monday (#86).  Today Lesley is challenging us to use a technique ...





I used a lot of features from the inspiration photo.  My sign is done on woodgrain designer paper, and I've added lots of greenery and pine cones, similar to the mantel in the picture.

I've never done the chalkboard technique before, so I checked out the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and gave it a try.  Basically, I stamped my sentiment, heat embossed in white and then rubbed white ink around the words and also randomly on the rest of my panel.

I layered lots of pine sprigs and made two pine cones from card stock.  Then I added some bits of "snow" to finish off my card.



Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas (SU!)
Paper:  White: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Well Worn DP (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn), Scalloped circle punch, sponge, white embossing powder, heat tool, Sparkle Texture Effect (Martha Stewart), adhesives, glue, and dimensionals



I hope you'll join in the challenge at Merry Monday.  Drop by Lesley's blog (Always Playing with Paper) to see all the details and check out the fabulous cards by the rest of the design team.




29 comments:

Kristie Goulet said...

Loll, I love how you were inspired by the photo. The sprigs surrounding part of the main image is lovely!!

Lesley Croghan said...

Wow, love how you were inspired by the photo...great card and Christmas "foliage"!

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, Loll! Love how you've used the inspiration. Your pinecones and sentiment look amazing.

Susan said...

Great take on the inspiration photo, Loll! And great job on the chalkboard technique. I've never done it so will check out the tutorial.

Karen B said...

Fabulous effect Loll - you've certainly got this chalkboard effect down brilliantly. Love the greenery and pine cones.

Karen x

Gramma Sarah said...

As usual you have taken a challenge a step beyond - fabulous! I must go try this right now! Wish I had purchased the wreath die - I use individual sprigs - more work!!! Oh well . . .

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your first time, Lolly? You have proven, once again, that there isn't a technique you can't do, and do well!! I love how this looks like a rustic barn door with the perfect pine trim decorating it!! Hugs, Dolly

Darlene Gabriel said...

So pretty. Beautiful sprigs and pine cones.

Bonnie said...

I have been admiring your chalkboard and garland with the snow and pine cone! I have this stamp too and see another chalkboard card coming up!

Julia Aston said...

Absolutely LOVE this Loll! what a great garland you made with the cute pinecones! and the blackboard looks great on woodgrain!!! well done!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Loll, I love love love the greenery and pine cones with the sprinkle of snow.

shirley-bee said...

This is fabulous, Loll! The chalkboard looks wonderful in woodgrain, and I love the pine garland draped on the corner. It brings to mind a menu specials board in a restaurant at Christmastime!

Anonymous said...

Belated congrats to the winner of the snowflakes.....I am been MIA also as my son is home for a visit. Love the d Loll and the gift package card is such a cute idea. Happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

Stunning, Loll ... I love the sprigs and pine cones ... perfect with the touch of snow! Anita :)

Karren said...

This card is just perfect, Loll! You've used the inspiration photo so well. Those little pinecones and your snowy foliage are delightful and makes me want to reach out and touch your card!

Barb Ghig said...

I love your take on the inspiration photo, Loll! Your chalkboard technique is fab, and I love how you draped the sprigs! Such a stunning card!

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous card Loll...love the chalkboard technique and your sweet little pine cones..
We have no Internet at the moment but hopefully back to normal by the end of the week.
Anne

MaryH said...

I've never done the chalkboard technique either, so loved seeing your take on it. As always, that punch makes the best looking greenery. Loved this one, as I always do! TFS & Hugs

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful Loll!! I love the added foliage with the sparkle to frame the chalkboard. So perfect with the inspiration!!

Karen D said...

I am going to use 'love' a lot in this comment Loll. I just love the colour of your chalkboard, it's divine. I love your fabulous layers of foliage with the wee pine cones and the touches of snow. AND I love the sentiment you have used. :-)

Michelle said...

LOVE, love, love this beautiful card! Your pinecone swag is amazing!!!

Benzi said...

Just beautiful, Loll. I haven't tried the chalkboard technique. Hope I can find time to do this challenge.

Valerie Nolan said...

Love this card Loll, I've never tried that technique but it's so effective and your greenery is fabulous!
Val x

Karen M said...

I just love your beautiful card Loll - the chalkboard looks amazing! Hugs xx

Susan Joyce said...

You nailed this challenge Loll, love every detail. I have been admiring it since you uploaded it to the blog.

Wendy said...

Simply gorgeous card, Loll! Love all the green sprigs with added snow! Happy Holidays! :)

Colleen said...

Thank you for your great inspiration with this challenge! Beautiful card...love your greenery, it looks so real! Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog!

Cathy said...

This technique looks great on the woodgrain Loll, I've never tried a chalkboard either. Love the greenery and the pinecones too, Cathy x

Angela said...

This is extraordinary, Loll! The dsp is even better than black for the chalkboard technique.