I have had so much fun with these stamps as Blockhead's Guest Designer.  I am using their Rubber Stamps, but they also have the Acrylic and also Digi Stamps.  If you pop over to the link above (their Stamp Store) you will find an abundance of supplies.  I didn't know where to start!  But today I am going over to wet my palette and see if there is anything to add to my supplies; there are endless possibilities with their stamps because they are so Universal.

I've made up a few cards, so I will post one a week (just to tempt you) and give you a bit of information of how I made the card and the stamp set I used.  I hope you enjoy the post.  Smiles and Happiness, Samara

I photographed this with both the white background, showing you the mat and also with the black matting compliments of Photoscape (they have a bazillion types of framing possibilities if you are looking for that.)

For this particular technique I decided which stamp to use.  In this case, I used a Stamp from the GRUNGE IT UP set.  Looking at it on it's own, it looks extremely plain.  This is why a technique is useful; it can jazz up any stamp you have in your collection, and of course we hope it is a BLOCKHEAD stamp! LOL

I covered my stamp with frosted versamark so it was really gooey and I stamped plain white card stock.  I use white crest Neenah Paper, which I get in Toronto (in Vaughan) but you can order all around the world.  I then used my chalks, but you can use sprays, you can use pastels, you can use acrylic paints, you can use Tim's distress dabbers (this looks great by the way) and I decided which colors to use.

I then took out my finger chalk dabbers and dabbed very deeply into my purple (see the middle.) I then connected to the purple with a lighter purple for just a second.  Then moved onto a light blue, then a darker blue, then a different color of purple, but light, then the darker of the same shade and so on until I had a spiral.

I find that with this type of art, when the corners are finished, it is always a nicer look to finish in a dark color.  Usually I will chalk, emboss, sponge, brayer or whatever with more intensity than in the rest of my project.

What I would normally do with this project would be to put normal versamark all over the card and then clear embossing powder.  The reason to do this is to REALLY bring the colors out. (I resist always saying the word POP as I find it is a craft buzz word and I am one who LOVES being out of style in every sense! LOL) Just a tad of info about "Samara!"  But when you heat up the clear embossing powder, and you can add some of BLOCKHEADS Ranger Holographic if you like, but on this particular card I would suggest ONLY a sprinkle around the entire card, because you don't want to lose the image under a holographic look *that card comes next week* so take care - just a sprinkle not a shake!

Then you mat up.  You can spray your card with chalk sealant, but do this outside.

I hope you enjoyed learning this technique and will try it out for yourself with many different images.  You can layer your images as well.  Go ahead, be creative, be nasty, be crazy....with chalk you can NEVER make a mistake!  HAPPY CRAFTING and please do visit the BLOCKHEAD store and also sign up to subscribe to their blog.  They have fantastic DESIGNERS and you will learn something new each day!


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  1. oh Hun these are wonderful backgrounds and oh so effective such beautiful colours, You are so talented Hun I have emailed you Hun,hope you got it,okay as I have emailed before,just encase my email is

    love Hugs Cherylxxx

  2. Fabulous use of colour and blending.

    Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week, good luck and hop you will join us again next week.

    B x

  3. Super backgrounds!!! I love the new look of the blog!!

  4. These are wonderful and certainly bold and bright! Thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  5. super Backgrounds Samara! Thanks for joining us at 'That Craft Place' this time, hope to see you next time too, so nice of you to give us your support

  6. Beautiful backgrounds Samara. Love the colors!!

  7. love the colours very beautiful, thanks for joining us at Smudgy antics

  8. Hello Lovie! Nice to see your work all the time. Really nice colors, blending and use of their stamps. Thanks for joining us at 2 Sisters Challenge. hugs-Olivia (yes from Sentimental).

  9. Fun use of the Grunge set to make a psychedelic background. Nice work!

  10. I love this, so eyecatching, and thanks for entering it into our challenge at that craft place.x

  11. it's great, thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday, hugs, martina

  12. Oh my! I love the mix of colors in this! just gorgeous hun :)) thank you for playing at Crafty Ann's Challenge :)

  13. Very pretty..... lovely colours :)
    Thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

  14. Great blend of colours and very interesting backgrounds. Thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics. :-)

  15. Such a fabby project, thanks for taking part in my challenge this month at CBGM. Good luck. GIll

  16. A beautiful effect created by the use of your technique. Thank you for sharing this at Smudgy Antics this week and hope to see you back again

  17. What a cool effect! Looks awesome! Thanks for playing with Smudgy Antics :)


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x