Clearsnap & CardMaker Blog Hop
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Thanks for joining us today as we team up with designers from Clearsnap to spotlight ColorBox chalk ink pads! If you’ve never experimented with chalk ink before, we’re sure this hop will inspire you to try it out! Chalk inks are ideal for paper-crafting projects and create muted, chalk-like effects. They can also be buffed to a shiny finish.

So, are you ready?!? Let’s get hopping!

I really wanted to create a fun background with these inks for my card so I searched online and found this wonderful bokeh technique video from Deb Valder. She did an awesome job showing how to use chalk inks to create a bokeh effect! Shown above is my take on it. I used chambray ink to color a panel of white cardstock and then used sponge daubers to add circles in a variety of colors (creamy brown, cheeky, splash) to the inked panel. As the colors dried, they became more muted and chalk-like and created a soft, colorful background. I love how it turned out!

I finished the panel by hand-lettering a sentiment using a white paint marker and embellished it with sequins. White cardstock was used to create a thin mat around the panel and then I adhered it to a soft turquoise card base.

Supplies used: ColorBox chalk ink pads (chambray, creamy brown, cheeky, splash) from Clearsnap; whisper white and pool party cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; sponge daubers from IMAGINE Crafts; 28 Lilac Lane minty fresh embellishment bottle from Buttons Galore & More; white ultra fine Painters marker and thin mini adhesive dots from Elmer’s; paper trimmer from Fiskars; scoring board and Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.

Next up is the talented Rose Powell!

A big thank you to Clearsnap for providing product for today’s hop along with also sponsoring a giveaway on their blog for $50 worth of ColorBox products!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Rose Powell

Dawn Lusk

Dana Tatar

Carisa Zglobicki

Jennifer Priest

Pamela Haskin

Chana Malkah Harris

Lisa Silver

Kymona Tracey

Kim Klinkovsky

Linda Beeson


29 Responses to Clearsnap & CardMaker Blog Hop

  1. Dana Tatar says:

    I’m in love with the bokeh background!

  2. Chana Malkah says:

    Great Bokeh design! Love the sentiment, as well! So happy to be in this hop with so many talented designers!

  3. Rose Powel says:

    Okay, now seriously? I need to create a Bokeh background card for sure! This is so beautiful and that lettering! Seriously beautiful!

  4. DawnL says:

    Love that background!

  5. Great background! I’ve not tried that yet, but I’ll give it a try this afternoon.

  6. Carisa says:

    I LOVE that background and your hand lettering blows me away. Gorgeous!

  7. Andrea Shell says:

    Beautiful card! I love the bokeh background.

  8. WOW! Great techniques. Love it.

  9. Samantha Coleman says:

    I really love how the bokeh effect shines in your card. I have chalk inks but haven’t tried them yet because I was under the impression that they tended to smear and come off your card.

  10. Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Beautiful background – I need to try it.

  11. Lisa Silver says:

    What a spectacular card! I love that background and your hand-lettering is perfect!

  12. Sue D says:

    Very pretty. Love this background and the colors.

  13. Vinita Jain says:

    Your Bokeh inspired creation is very beautiful, love the colors!

  14. Teresa Doyle says:

    This is a great card. Thanks for the link to the video tutorial, this is the first time I actually saw the process. Very pretty!

  15. Jean Bullock says:

    Great sentiment. Very cool background. Well done.

  16. I love, love, love the way you did that background!

  17. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS card, LOVE your bokeh background and your BEAUTIFUL handwritten sentiment!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂
    … I confess to having a new addiction to chalk inks, they are amazing to work with and the finish is almost like velvet.

  18. Linsey says:

    What a pretty card!

  19. barb macaskill says:

    Awesome card! LOVE the colors! TFS!

  20. barb macaskill says:

    AWESOME hop!

  21. Retta Harrison says:

    This was great love the hop

  22. Carmen N says:

    Wow – I would have never thought to create a background like that!

  23. What a gorgeous bokeh effect!

  24. karenajo says:

    Bokeh is one of my favorite techniques and yours is awesome !!

  25. Cathey Day says:

    I love Colorbox!

  26. Denise Bryant says:

    Fun card! Love that bokeh look!

  27. Love your Bokeh card and all the lovely inks mixed together!

  28. Janis in ID says:

    Love this beautifully soft look!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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