Gingerbread in chalk

The next challenge I’ve attempted is for the Shabby Tea Room. This week’s challenge seemed like a tall order for my novice challenge experience, but timing for that challenge is good, since it falls on the weekend. So I attempted it gamely. The challenge was to create something “USING THE CHALKBOARD TECHNIQUE and INCLUDE A ‘BAKING ELEMENT’, WHITE, RED & ORANGE”.

So here it is!


I really struggled for a while, because I didn’t have any of the supplies for the various chalkboard techniques I was finding. I almost did conte crayon, but then I decided to give my new Picket Fence Distress marker a try. It worked admirable well for hand drawing. It was also dreamy for distressing the edges of the orange paper, especially when diluted a bit and chased about with a brush. But I couldn’t get it to apply to the stamp I wanted to use. I have no experience inking stamps with markers, so it could be a problem of technique, still, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t magically work.

Anyway, I feel like it still reads “chalkboard”, even if I didn’t use some of the cooler techniques out there to achieve the effect.

Ingredients: Sizzix tattered florals die, Distress inks, Core’dinations card stock, a Martha Stewart edge punch, Recollections twine and rhinestone.


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