I've seen a lot of cards and tutorials about the supposed chalkboard technique lately on the dubya, dubya, dubya. Technique? I guess you can call it that but I'm going to call it stamping with white ink, ok? Technique is a little too important, if you ask me. And I realize that you didn't.
In these demos, videos, and tutorials, the image is stamped in white ink (I chose Colorbox Frost White). You are then supposed to smear a little more white around to simulate chalk dust. Well, that just looks like an accident to me so I left that part out. I did drag a little white around the edges of this card for a border, however. It's a little somber but probably perfect for your 'really serious' friend. Although they probably would prefer a manger scene.
And a New Year's card... If you don't have a white pad, you're really missing out. I love the effect and if you pick one like the Colorbox pad, you can also emboss with it. I stamped the Large Burst stamp in white on the red card stock and the Small Burst with an Encore Gold pad. The 2014 was stamped with the Deadbeat Alphabet. Just keep in mind that the white ink is pigment and takes longer to dry. It's best if you set it aside for awhile and do something else so you don't smear it or get white fingerprints on everything. Unless that's what you're going for.
Did you know Deadbeat Designs is on Facebook? I've been posting a card a day for the month of December. Click HERE to see...