A Chalky, Friendly Hello
Welcome back, Stamping Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Can you believe Christmas is only five days away? Where has 2021 gone?
I’ve had so much fun playing with my Soft Pastels Assortment. These chalks are so much fun to use, and there are many techniques they are perfect for. This is my favorite from today’s “play.”
The first thing I did for this card was to create the background. I covered a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with a Basic Patterns Decorative Mask. Then I spread a very thin layer of Shimmery White Embossing Paste over it with a Palette Knife. I shaved some Poppy Parade and Mango Melody chalk dust over the mask and used the Palette Knife to mix it into the paste.
While that was drying, I stamped the flowers from the Friendly Hello Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. This stamp set will be a free Sale-a-bration product January 4 – Feberuary 28, 2022. I also stamped some leaves from the same stamp set using Granny Apple Green Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock.
I used my Take Your Pick tool to shave some Mango Melody and Poppy Parade into little cups. (I used a different cup for each color.) I added a few drops of a clear acrylic floor cleaner to the dust; you don’t need a lot. I added just enough to liquify the chalk dust. Using a paintbrush, I painted the chalk dust/floor cleaner mixture onto the flowers. The cleaner is clear, but it gives a nice shine to the flowers. Plus, it binds the chalk to the paper so that it won’t rub off. I used the Layering Diorama Dies to die-cut a background for the flowers using the Ombré Specialty Paper in Mango Melody. I wanted it to be a green so it wouldn’t get lost in the background, so I used a Blending Brush to add Mossy Meadow Classic Ink to the diecut. It turned out just a little darker than Granny Apple Green; I’m super happy with the results.
I had to fussy cut the flowers and leaves, but these weren’t difficult to cut out. I added the ombré diecut, flowers and leaves to the paste/chalk background, then to a Poppy Parade card base.
I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Granny Apple Green Cardstock, and I cut it out with a Tailor Made Tags Die. I didn’t have any Poppy Parade ribbon, so I made my own by coloring a piece of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim with the dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and tied it through the tag. I love the shimmer in the embossing paste and ombré paper and the shine on the flowers.
I’ll be showing you chalk projects through Friday. By the time I’m finished, I hope I’ve convinced you that you need the Soft Pastels Assortment!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
How brilliant is that, adding chalk to the paste?! Such a pretty card and lovely background!
Thanks, Jackie! I’ve had so much fun with the chalk. I love a product that is so versatile.
Such a fun textured background! And great tip for mixing the chalk with the clear floor cleaner, for shine 🙂
Thanks, Deborah! I remember we used to use the floor cleaner when we had Pearl Ex Powders, so I figured it would work well with chalk (or Pigment Powders) as well.
Love this background! I have to get those Pastels out again!
Thanks, Susan. And yes, you do. I need more ideas!