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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Weatherboard and chalkboard flowers

Hello crafting friends!

It's a bank holiday weekend here in the UK and it is scorching hot! So although I have a Christmas card to show you, today is NOT the day for that! Instead, I thought I'd have a go at a technique I vaguely remembered... is it called the chalkboard technique? Come and have a look:


You know that winter berries card I made yesterday? This one? Well, this is the same branch from Concorde and 9th's Beautiful Branches, only given a summery look with the flowers and leaves in the set! I KNOW right?! It's such a brilliant stamp set and I believe every stamper should own one!


So, this chalkboard technique: I stamped the branch on blue card stock using Garden Green ink, added the flowers in craft white ink, then filled in the gaps with leaves in the green ink again. Once the craft ink had dried, the flowers were coloured with alcohol pens before the stamens were stamped on. I gave the branch a shadow with a chalk pen and used a black fineliner pen and ruler to give the background a weatherboard look.

The inspiration for this pretty 'flowers against a painted wood background' look came from the beautiful inspiration photo in this fortnight's Fusion challenge. Definitely worth a look at the DT inspiration - and the linky is open for another 11 days, so plenty of time to join in :)
AND IN OTHER NEWS
Everyone else in the UK may have swanned off to the beach for the long weekend but I have puppies to look after! It was VERY hot so we opted for the river walk again. The pups ran ahead to swim in their favourite spot, only to find that a group of teenagers had congregated there. Who says teenagers are rude and entitled? This bunch moved aside to let the dogs have their swim and chatted cheerfully to me while they splashed about :)

If you're in the UK, I hope you're having a wonderful bank holiday weekend, and if you're somewhere else, I hope you're having a lovely time there too!

I'll see you soon,

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, love the added lines, it does look like pieces of wood! Love it.
    Faith x
    Yep we had a scorcher today too, love this late summer weather.

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    1. Thanks Faith!
      There's nowhere more beautiful on earth than Wales in the sunshine! x

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  2. Love your story about taking the pups for their swim & love the profile picture of you & Eva! What a perfect card for the challenge--love it!

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    1. Thanks Greta! I can sense a fellow dog lover! Eva sends wags :)

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  3. What a versatile branch and you showed how to use it different ways. This is a soft, lovely card. The lined background looks like wood. How nice that the teens were so kind to both you and Eva.

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    1. Thank you Brenda :) I am over the moon with this lovely stamp set and just keep coming up with new ways to use it. Highly recommended! Those teens were lovely and really enjoyed watching the dogs go crazy in the water!

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  4. Gorgeous card, Vicky. I too am combating the heat by working on Christmas cards. Yep, the earliest I've ever started them!

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    1. It's VERY hard to work up a good winter chill in this heatwave though!

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    2. Sooo true... but with parching taking far longer than stamping, I have to start much earlier in the year. Not that I mind though as it's so relaxing xoxo

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    3. We love a bit of relaxation! Enjoy your parching Em xx

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  5. Love these chalky blooms Vicky - so perfect for the challenge! What a great stamp set find too - love a versatile set that gives lots of creative options.

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  6. Thanks Joanne. Loved that inspiring pic! This stamp set has amazed me with its versatility!

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Let's chat! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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