Sunday 24 November 2013

Tim’s November Tag of 2013 and reverse chalkboard effect

Having learnt this chalkboard technique on the Creative Chemistry 102 course I was pleased to see Tim use it this month for his tag. He gets great effects, but this time I wanted to play a little more.
This is my tag using the Sizzix Framelets Snowman Blueprint set. I followed Tim’s steps except I used pastels including coloured ones and black.
The die-cut layers give fabulous dimension and there are so many pieces that can be cut easily.
The hat, holly, nose and scarf were cut and layered and you can see where I used red, orange and green pastels. The berries are coloured with red stickles.
The ice skate charm was painted with a dab of picket fence distress paint to make it look snowy and the snowflakes were inked with pumice stone DI and covered with frosted lace stickles. You can clearly see here how I added more contrast by using the black pastel.
On this next snowman I used good old children’s chalk.
He came out quite well on the frosted crystal although some of the first ones I made I didn’t heat the EP enough and was too cautious with Tim’s warning.
I used some of the bought embellishments I have in my Christmas box and Tim’s Merriment papers.
This last piece shows a snowman in reverse, he is black and was as a result of playing with PanPastels rather than chalks. The pans are so fine they wouldn’t ‘stick’ to the tooth of the EP.
You can see that they left a white residue on the black card and to get more of a chalkboard effect I added some lines using the white pastel again.
Using more bought embellishments and Merriment paper I made another quick card with him.
Tim showed the sizzix magnetic platform for cutting thin dies on his post, I thoroughly recommend it if you use a Big Shot or Vagabond, cutting all and especially small thin dies are so easy now, no taping them down. Susan has them in stock at Country View Crafts. 

Off to link this to Tim’s November tag, I can’t believe there is only one more for the year.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D Roosevelt
Hope you are having a great weekend.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Jane said...

I love snowmen Brenda and your 3 projects are all gorgeous. My favourite is the first one with the pastels. Thanks for the tip re the magnetic platform. ..I have just made a very big hint to my Hb over lunch how useful this would be...;0) Enjoy your afternoon, hugs xxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

All three are fabulous Brenda, but I love the snowman with the pastels. I had a go yesterday on some brown cardstock as I didn't have anything suitably black and it really is quite clever! Have a lovely Sunday x

Kath Stewart said...

fabulous makes Brenda...I'm hoping to get my skidding in by the seat of my pants tag finished in time...hugs kath xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work, Brenda. Love that cheeky snowman in all his variations. Hugs, Valerie

Terry said...

Brenda, you certainly covered the November lesson beautifully! Love your take on Tim's tag and the snowman projects are all fabulous! You always add the perfect finish embellishments! Happy Sunday! Hugs!

Deborah said...

I really love your experiments with the chalkboard technique, Brenda. The snowman layers certainly up a treat. And I particularly like the reverse card.

Margreet said...

Gorgeous cards with that lovely snowman, the first one most.
Hope you have had a lovely weekend and I wish you a nice week.
♥♥♥ Margreet

Nicole Wright Designs said...

These are fantastic! I did the same snowman and made a couple also. Love what you've created.

Anonymous said...

How fabulous all of those are - a stunning collection.
Brenda, your Christmas cards will most definitely stand out from the crowd.

Dagmar said...

wow - the cheeky snowman in all his variations - so fantastic!

Gram's Treasures said...

Beautiful projects, Brenda, and very unique. Hope your weekend is going good.
Joyce xx

Redanne said...

Wow Brenda, love your gorgeous tag and cards, it is such a great technique and you have achieved it perfectly. I love the coloured pastels on the second snowman too, they really 'life' him. Hugs, Anne x

Amanda said...

Love what you have made with Tim's chalk technique, hard to pick a favourite as they are all fab.
Amanda x

Glennis F said...

That looks so interesting - I can't quite figure out what exactly the technique is - but it is certainly effective

Mrs.B said...

Hi Brenda, Fabulous projects - love the look of this technique, and the use of the coloured pastel gives a great effect too.
Avril xx

froebelsternchen said...

the snowman looks fantastic in all your variations Brenda ! Fabulous pieces !!!

froebelsternchen said...

the snowman looks fantastic in all your variations Brenda ! Fabulous pieces !!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Brenda, this is fabulous!! Love the subtle hints of colour on the tag and then how you have adapted the technique and integrated it into cards, very clever!

I did get the magnetic platform and use it all the time, it's even given my Spellbinder dies a new leash of life, I absolutely love it, one of my best buys...

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Brenda, the touches of colour are perfect. Sue C x

Words and Pictures said...

Really fabulous variations on a chalky theme - these are completely brilliant, Brenda! Gorgeous use of the chalky colours in the first one, and I love your creative leap with the reverse version - fantastic!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous cards and tag, the techniques look great.
Yvonne x

Cocofolies said...

This looks like you had great fun Brenda with chalk, testing different techniques and effects... Lucky you ! :) and this snowman like the one on your tag is one of the cutest ever seen !!! Love all this set of works, really fab. Hugs Coco xx

Nan G said...

What a fab tag! And the reverse snowman is brilliant! Love him the best. Huhs

Shirley said...

Such a fun and cheeky tag Brenda. When choosing a new stamp set for my Christmas stash this year this was the one that I loved the most. Fabulous make.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x.

Redanne said...

Have tried to leave a message - hope you get this one! Many congrats on being 'pinned', not once, but twice today by Tim for these wonderful chalkboard creations Brenda! Hugs, Anne x

scrappymo! said...

These are wonderful Brenda...Love this chalkboard look!
Off to watch the video's so I can understand how to make one too!

Karin said...

wow love your snowman creations! Groetjes Karin

Jenny Marples said...

Such fantastic experiments here and I love the results on each and every one of them, particularly the first one. The touch of colour makes all the difference. Jenny x

Annie said...

Love your take on Tim's tag Brenda x Your cards are all amazing and will be treasured for sure.

CRafty Hugs

Annie x

Rossella said...

You have obviously been having lots of fun, they are lovely
Rosie x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

So cool, wonderful tries and results.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Lovely tag and cards Brenda. Wow!! That sizzix framelit die is amazing. I so adore the pastels an adorable skate charm on the tag. And your background papers for the cards with the vintage snowflakes are perfect. Thanks for the inspiration Brenda! -- Mary Elizabeth