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Groovy Chalkboard

Groovy Chalkboard

Hi All!

Today’s card uses the Truly Great stamp set by Penny Black. The sentiments look like chalkboard ones, so that’s how I used it. I have an easy way to get that chalkboard look – watch the video to see.

I also used a new product I haven’t used before – the Essential Glue Pad. It’s an ink pad filled with water-based glue. So, you can glitter up a stamped image without the multi-step heat-and-stick-powder process. And then a baby wipe just takes the glue right off the stamp. Surprisingly easy and really not too messy. Once again, I used Gorgeous Grunge to create the glitter splatters. I think this is easily my favorite Stampin’ Up! set of all time.

I’m doing something a little different next week – a two-post collaboration with someone that starts Monday. So come back to see me then! Have a great weekend in the meantime.



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencil colors used: Poppy Red, Cadmium Orange, Sun Yellow, Vivid Green, Deep Blue, and Deep Violet

Penny Black Truly Great
Penny Black Truly Great
Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Essential Glue Pad
Essential Glue Pad
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Dazzling Diamonds
Dazzling Diamonds
A2 Curved Edge Die
A2 Curved Edge Die
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Colorbox White Ink
Colorbox White Ink
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool


  1. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am


    WOW!!! Love this so much! I love your rainbow background and you made it look doable. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  2. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 9:11 am


    Wow! What a cool card, Darlene! Love what you did with the colored pencils!

  3. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Renee C.

    Definitely one of my favorite cards of yours. Thank you.

  4. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Carrie Davenport

    Darlene… I LOVE LOVE this card!! I’m always looking for new ways to use my inktense pencils. wow, amazing look with the glitter too. you rock (as usual) 😉

  5. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Pam K.

    I love how you free-handed the design on this card with your watercolor pencils. You show so many techniques on your cards that you inspire me to give some of my “older” supplies, like my watercolor pencils, another try.

    Thanks, Darlene!

  6. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 5:22 pm


    What a great card. Love the rainbow coloured background and another stamp set that I think I really need! Thanks.

  7. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Sharon Hayes

    I am always impressed by your work. I appreciate your videos because I’m inspired by you. Thank you.

  8. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Hi Darlene, thank u for sharing this card with using pencils, embossing powder,ink bling etc. I will probably use this project next time have to share a project in my group of ladies, we meet once a month. Today I shared your card using stencils, embossing paste & powder. The ladies were very impressed with the card they made. Thanks! Happy Easter to u & family.

  9. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 7:22 pm


    Darlene, another yummy card. Love the colours, how you have done the rainbow. I have that glue pad and havent used it. Looks like its time. I love the inspiration you give us all.

  10. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I loved seeing you use the glue pad with this. I really liked that you said you were too lazy to do a 2 step technique with the heat and stick powder…you are human!! Love it!!

  11. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Myrna Sweet

    What a great tutorial. Love the card!

  12. wrote on April 17th, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Maria Rodriguez

    Darlene, I didn’t have a chance to see your card and the video yesterday so this is the first thing I did this morning. I love the way you made that panel with the rainbow colors, it’s so vibrant and beautiful. I too have a glue pad but hardly ever use it, I think it’s time to get it out.
    Thank you for sharing, I’m looking forward to next Monday, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

  13. wrote on April 17th, 2014 at 6:52 am


    Love the vibrancy of this card. The tutorial was excellent!

  14. wrote on April 17th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Wendy Bellino

    Lovin’ the watercolor technique! That splatter stamp is a must have!

  15. wrote on April 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am


    Darlene you show us so many different techniques. Love the vibrant color in this card . I haven’t tried the watercolor pencils but am definately thinking about it now. Thanks for sharing with us.

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