May 15, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #86

Happy Wednesday!  Here we are again with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Today's sketch comes from Amy O'Neill and it's a very versatile one!  I love it!  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use my new Eat Cake stamp set from A Muse Studio.  And I decided to finally try the chalkboard technique.  I love this technique but it freaks me out.  Why?  Because white ink on black paper usually doesn't turn out very well for me.  But I decided to go for it:

What do you think?  I heat embossed the white because I didn't like how it looked with just white ink stamped on the black.  I lightly sponged on some white ink to make it look like erasing on a chalkboard.  Then I decided to add the pop of yellow and red with the banner.  All that was left was to add a little something to the bottom.  After a lot of searching through stamp sets, I found a small flourish that added just the touch I wanted.  I am pretty happy with it.  It was easier than I thought.  I will definitely make more of these.

I think Amy's sketch is the perfect sketch to use the chalkboard technique.  If you haven't tried this yet, you really should!

Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the wonderful creations from the Clean Team!  And please come and play.  I'd love to see your take on Amy's sketch!   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Smokey Shadow, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy
Stamps: A Muse Studio Eat Cake, PTI Santa Stationery
Ink: MFT Wild Cherry, Versamark
Other: MFT Fishtail Flags Layerz Stax die, A Muse Studio small scallop border, MS Dove embossing powder
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"


  1. Come on - how cute is this!!!! You rocked the chalkboard look and I love the yellow banner!

  2. Great chalkboard piece (I will definitely need to try my hand at it someday soon)! Your banner of yellow....really makes this card fabulous!

  3. This is fantastic Linda! I've been a little afraid to try that chalkboard technique because I figured I'd mess it up! I think embossing the sentiment in white really makes the sentiment stand out. And I love the yellow banner and red sentiment! So cool!

  4. I always love everything you make, Linda! I'm so glad you tried this technique, because you really rocked it. I love the yellow banner -- what a great contrast. And I thought that flourish stamp went with the sentiment stamp -- they go together perfectly. Great take on the sketch!

  5. Love that pop of the yellow celebrate! Perfect!

  6. I think you did an awesome job with the chalkboard technique!

  7. You have definitely conquered the chalkboard technique. This is perfect, Linda! I love the way you accented the black and white with pops of color, and the flourish looks like it should be part of the set!

  8. This is such a wow card Linda! Love the chalkboard technique you've used!

  9. Love this card Linda! You rocked the chalkboard technique!

  10. I love, love, love this card! From the minute I saw it in the gallery, I was wowed!! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  11. I think you did a fantastic job with the technique! I too found that embossing really made a huge difference. Your pops of color add a lot of interest and take it over the top!



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