Happy Friday!! There's a new Mix-Ability Challenge posted today in the challenge forum at SplitCoastStampers! The challenge is called Chalk It To Me (MIX45), and you are to use VersaMark ink and chalks or pan pastels. VersaMark ink is a clear, sticky ink usually used for watermarking or for heat embossing. But as you can see, it also works great with chalks!
For my project, I chose to use my recently released Snowflake Background stamp for the background image on this card. I stamped the image in VersaMark ink on black cardstock. Then, using a pouncing motion, I applied silver and pale blue shimmery chalks to the stamped image. The powder of the chalks sticks to the VersaMark ink, revealing the design left by the stamp and clear ink. It's difficult to see the full shimmer in the photos -- trust me, this card has some serious sparkle and shine! Even the silver mat layer is CRAZY sparkly!!
The die cut I used is called Vintage Noel, from Sizzix. I adhered some vintage sheet music to some thin chipboard (for added strength and dimension) and die cut the word. I then inked the entire surface of the die cut with VersaMark ink and used various colors of chalk to add blended color to the letters. To dress up the word even more, I added a few pine sprigs that were die cut from super-sparkly silver paper. I added a little red button to the cluster for a pop of color.
The idea behind the Mix-Ability Challenge is to make mixed media simple and approachable, and to let you experiment using things you already have. Each Friday a new challenge is hosted, but there is no time limit, so you can participate whenever you'd like on each challenge. Join us, won't you!?
Stamps: Snowflake Background (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Paper: Neenah, American Crafts, Vintage Sheet Music, Chipboard
Dies: Vintage Noel (Sizzix), Pine Sprig Cluster (Impression Obsession)
Other: Stamps of Life Button, Pebbles Shimmer Chalks, tracing wheel