Here's a fun new-to-me technique I picked up browsing thru the book section at Joann's the other day. The end result provides the actual feel and look of an ancient plaster wall treatment.
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The main panel features a fine art product called Modeling Paste. If you're using it on flexible surfaces look for the version labled Flexible (although newbie that I am I bought the regular and it worked just fine as applied below).
Here's how it works:
Cut a piece of scrap matboard or chipboard (white) to size. If you don't have white I think you could prime any color with a layer of Gesso and apply paste over that when it's dry.
All you do is grab a popsicle stick, spread a thin layer over the surface of the matboard, smooth or rough up as desired for patterning, and then stamp an uninked rubber stamp into the surface while it's still wet.
Set this aside to dry, and when it is you can apply chalk inks into the crevices and onto the surface to highlight details. I used Stampin' Up! chalks in the Soft Subtles family, and a tiny sponge head tool to apply it called Mini Tip Applicators by Gary M. Burlin & Co. (very cheap, reuseable, and invaluable for small spaces and chalk application).
The flower is a brushstroke one by Penny Black. For the background cs I used VersaMagic dewdrop chalk ink in Sage to stamp a speckled texture and then a marble texture (both by Paper Inspirations). I inked up only the flower head with SU Pretty in Pink (stamped off once on scrap paper first each time to lighten it) and stamped this randomly. This was followed by stamping the writing (Hero Arts) down one side using a stamp positioner and Colorbox Chalk ink in Creamy Brown. I over stamped all of this with second generation SU Bashful Blue ink using a solid flourish from the Autumn Leaves Big Swirls set. I used the brown ink to stamp the word as shown, and to edge the bg panel. I layered onto a craft panel, and then to a SU Mellow Moss cardfront.
I tried everything to embellish this card and nothing really added to it, so I decided to just let the flower panel be the focus.
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