Saturday, June 14, 2014

Borderline Funky

I discovered a new challenge blog today.  It's called STAMPlorations.  The month-long challenge for June is Stamps & Borders.  And one of my favorite challenge blogs is Less is More.  Their challenge this week is One Layer Cards: Off the Edge.  I pulled out an old CTMH set called Rock the Block and a technique using tools on my craft desk to create this:

The border was stamped in Crème Brulee ink and then colored in places using chalk.  (Remember chalk?  We used to do tons of things with it, but it's fallen out of fashion.  One of the fun things you can do is color dye base ink while it's still wet.  The chalk will stick to the ink and not the dry paper.  Well...mostly not to the dry paper.  Since I was going for the grunge look, I didn't worry too much about making it perfectly clean around the edges, though I did use a chalk eraser to clean up smudges.)

I then stamped a couple more circles above and below the straight line using a stand-alone stamp and colored them with chalk (purple circle and pinkish one at the far left).  Then I grabbed a LePlume Marker, a Sharpie pen, a glue stick, and a paint brush to create the rest of the circles.  I simply inked one end in pigment ink and stamped like I would a regular stamp.  I chose pigment ink for these additions because it would sit on top of the chalked surface and retain its color.

The sentiment is from Verve and was stamped in Chocolate pigment ink.

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, but lots that's blue (to say I'm missing you).  Ha!  Maybe I should write poetry instead of fiction.

Until next time,


  1. Lovely bright card Becca and a great design
    Margaret x

  2. Love this .... great CAS design, nice bright colour combo, and your 'off the edge' stamping is fab!
    Linda xx
    Guest Designer
    Less is More

  3. Becca what a fab and vibrant card, and a new to me way to use my chalks (which of course are tucked away unloved in a drawer)!
    Thanks so much for joining us again this week at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  4. You have achieved a really interesting effect with your chalks Becca,,, super card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Great card! I love the look the chalk gives it - a softness with the "funk" is very cool!!!!

  6. becca this is stunning.. i think i have some chalks... somewhere!

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    Less Is More

  7. Great design, didn't know you could use chalks on ink...great effect.

  8. Fantastic idea, lovely and vibrant and perfectly CAS
    Think you may have us all reaching for the abandoned chalks now to give it a whirl.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  9. super cool love love it!!

  10. Wow does this pack a punch! So much effort went into it, but the result is amazing. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations this month.


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