Monday, April 22, 2013

Chalks and Markers: A Perfect Pair

Hello crafters! I am here with my first official post as part of the Couture Creations DT! I have a fun technique to share, so drag out your chalks, markers, and embossing folders and let's play!

We won't be needing any printed paper for our project today, but you will need to use white cardstock that is suited for the type of markers you have selected to use. I am using Copic markers, therefore I have used paper suited for use with them. {ok, for everyone who fainted at seeing my "white space" card, just get up and pay attention!}

Trim your cardstock to slightly larger than your embossing folder. My folder is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. I chose the Abbey Road folder from the Sweet Dreams Collection. Since I needed to know where my stamped image should be placed, I slipped the cardstock into the folder and used a pencil to mark the paper at the bottom edge of the folder. I used this pencil mark to line up my stamped image.

I stamped my image onto the cardstock and then checked to make sure it lined up with the embossing.

Once you have your image stamped, color the image with your choice of markers. I used Copic markers and Precious Poppies from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. Allow the paper to dry.

Emboss the cardstock, making sure your image was lined up appropriately.

Use Sponge Daubers to lightly rub the raised embossing with chalk. Lightly sponge the background with pale blue chalk to create "sky.".

Trim your stamped and embossed image to approximately 5 1/4 x 4 inches. Mat with red cardstock and then attach to a black card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches). Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock, then cut and emboss with Circle Nesting Dies. Cut and emboss a mat from red cardstock using Scallop Circle Nesting Dies. Attach the sentiment to the lower right corner of the card using Foam Mounting Tape.

Please note: Couture Creations Nesting Dies cut and emboss with all standard die cutting systems. Use your manufacturer "sandwich" to cut, and then pass the template through again using the embossing "sandwich"! 

Add a a bit of sparkle to the little blue bird's eye with black Glitzin' Glamour glitter glue. Place a red bow in the upper right corner. Line the inside of the card with white cardstock.

Have fun trying this technique! The contrast between the bright markers and the pale chalked embossing is so striking!

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Couture Creations Supplies Used:
Embossing Folder Abbey Road
Glitzin' Glamour Premium Glitter Glue
Nesting Dies Circle, Scallop Circle

Couture Creations Tools Used:
Sponge Daubers
Double-sided Tape
Foam Tape
Craft Mat

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Paper Treasures Pitch Black, ColorMates Heritage White, Medium Berry  Red; Copic Xpress It Blender White
Alcohol markers: Copic
Rubber stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Precious Poppies
Dye ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ice  Blue
Chalk: EK Success
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Glue Dots


  1. A beautiful card Gloria. Love that technique, certainly a must try. Thank you for sharing. ox Marg

  2. Anonymous6:55 PM

    hi friend! lovely card and congrats on your first post with this team! beautiful product!

  3. this card is so beautiful Gloria

  4. Stunning card Gloria! I love the subtle chalking and the vibrant pop of red. The flowers are so pretty!

  5. gloria, isn't the embossing such a lovely texture feel to any project, love it... i want to stamp and emboss everything these days... thanks for the lining up tips, will have to give this a try.
    perfect card

  6. Wow Gloria - this is SUCH a cool technique! Beautiful card too hon.


  7. How clever...and how gorgeous! I love the combination of stamping, embossing, coloring and chalking. How do you come up with this stuff? Oh, I forget, I'm talking to the Queen of Crafty! hee hee! xoxo