I created this card for two challenges this week. The Ways to Use It challenge asked us to use cork on a card. I have a big roll of cork but I never think to use it on my cards, so this was a fun challenge.
The other challenge I tried is a new one to me, the Fan Club Central Theme challenge. This month's theme is "dirty laundry", and let me tell you, this one hits close to home for me! The only way to access my craft room is through the laundry room, so I have to walk past Mount St. Laundry whenever I want to make a card! I surveyed my laundry and noticed a lot of black and red, so I decided to use those colors for this card (and white, in honor of the big pile of towels my kids used for their baths!).
I also have a "dirty little secret": I used a little piece of plain old Scotch tape to clean up the extra bits of embossing powder that stuck to my black card stock before I heat embossed it. I've found it pulls away the excess powder much cleaner than the brush I usually use. I also used Scotch tape to hold the twine in place on the back of my red panel. That stuff is handy!
I started by die cutting the cork to make a frame, then set it aside to make my chalkboard. I stamped my image and sentiment in white craft ink on black card stock, then heat embossed them using white embossing powder. I sponged white craft ink over the panel and rubbed it with a towel to create the look of eraser marks. I adhered the black panel to the cork frame, then attached the framed piece to a panel of Real Red card stock. I wrapped red and white baker's twine around the red panel and secured it with Zots and a decorative white button. Finally, I attached the red panel to a heavy white card base.