I don't have a heart stencil so opted for a heart border stamp instead. Using Fired Brick and Barn Door Distress Inks I stamped over the dried cardstock. I immediately dumped clear embossing powder over the top and then heated it. The embossing powder didn't stick very well - kind of spotty - but it's a background so no worries.
My chalkboard sentiment failed the first time (since I didn't read directions!). I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder on black cardstock and heated it thoroughly. The chalk didn't stick since it was shiny. Oops. I repeated it heating only until it first started melting. My result is okay, but it's a little hard to read. Maybe because the font is fine-lined? Or because I used Versamark and regular embossing powder? Regardless, it's still legible.
Next, I liked Tim's metallic border but don't have the fancy stickers. I went with metal tape, an embossing folder and a scallop border die instead. After I cut the border I dabbed alcohol ink over the top.
To put it all together and finish it off, I went with an inked up book page ripped into the shape of a heart and some red and brown bakers twine.
I'm still undecided if this is a success or not, but I had never tried embossing with Distress Inks or the faux chalkboard techique before - both of which I'd wanted to try. So in that sense, it's a success. Thanks for stopping by and Happy (Belated) Valentines' Day!