I've been reading about the popularity of the chalkboard technique in paper crafting, but have never really tried it myself. So this card was my big foray into this technique. I chose a stamp from this set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for the focal image, and a greeting stamp by Hero Arts. I also used this stencil for the background. I used Hero Arts' Unicorn pigment ink for the stamping & stenciling.
First, I made masks for the heart & greeting. After adhering them with repositionable adhesive to the black background, I taped my stencil over it, and used a small sponge dauber to apply the Unicorn ink through the dots & dashes. To speed the drying, I hit this panel with my heat gun, being careful not to melt the adhesive holding the masks in place! When it finally dried, I traced around the masks with a white gel pen before removing them, to define those areas better. I used the Unicorn ink to stamp the focal image & greeting, then set it aside to dry again.
While I waited, I cut the pink cardstock to a standard A2 card size of 4.25x5.5", and adhered it to the card base. When the black panel had dried (again helped along by my trusty heat gun!), I drew a small heart next to the greeting with a pink gel pen, just to add a small bit of color and tie in with the pink mat. Then I took a small cotton pad, dabbed it lightly in the Unicorn ink, and rubbed it over the black panel, to add the "chalk dust." Then I mounted that onto the card front. I will be sending this to Operation Write Home for some hero to write home to his sweety.
I am entering this in the following challenges:
A Blog Named Hero's "Stencil It!"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Mother's Day or Special Girl"