You know the old saying – “it’s like nails on a chalkboard”? Well, stamps on a chalkboard are not annoying at all – and stamps on paper that look like a chalkboard are down right adorable!
The Chalkboard Technique has been growing in popularity over the past couple of months. While I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon right away, I have to admit that I really, really like it. It can be used for ANY event and can incorporate almost ANY stamp you have. Today, I’m going to share three chalkboard cards with you – that’s right, three! Each is simple and easy (and they all have similar layouts), but they show how you can get a different look by just switching up the paper.
Almost all of the cards I’ve seen with Chalkboard Technique feature a black chalkboard. When I was growing up, the chalkboards were green. I also remember that some teachers had a brown chalkboard. To pay homage to ALL chalkboards, I made three. Here they are:
I love them all for very different reasons, and they are really fun to make. Haven’t made one? Here are the steps to making a Chalkboard of your own:
- Using White Embossing Powder, emboss an image on a piece of card stock. The sketchier (I don’t think that’s a word, but I think you know where I’m going with it), the better, but almost anything works. I used VersaMark to stamp the image, but you could also use the White Craft Ink – you’ll have it out for the next step, anyway.
- Once the embossing is dry, dab a little White Craft Ink onto a stampin’ sponge and swipe it across the paper front a couple of times. This is your chalk dust (cough, cough, gag), so make sure you don’t apply it too densely.
- I’ve seen this done on a lot of chalkboard cards, and I like the look of it – instead of constructing a brown frame for the chalkboard, frame the central piece with white lines drawn with a white Watercolor Pencil.
I wanted my chalkboard to be the central focus of each card, so I only added a white border and then mounted each on card stock that’s just a shade lighter than the board. Keep the rest of the card simple so that your artwork can take center stage.
Black Chalkboard Stamp sets: Great Sport, You Rule Papers: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder Brown Chalkboard Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Loving Thoughts Papers: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder Green Chalkboard Stamp sets: From the Heart Papers: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder
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