The Start of Something New for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not only those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group! I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you. I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

08-22 - InKing Royalty Blog Hop - Back to School

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! Can you believe it’s already time for schools to start back up?! The return to school after summer vacation is a really big deal for students, teachers, school workers and the parents who are left home alone. To honor this big event, we have created projects with a back to school theme. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

The Start of Something New

I always loved the first day of school. Not only did I stock up on school supplies (everyone’s favorite, right?), but I was introduced to a new teacher, a new classroom or a new curriculum. Such fun! To celebrate that excitement, I’ve created a little scene that will certainly feel familiar to everyone reading this post – can you smell the fresh chalk on the board? Here’s my card:

Flowering Tulips, Stampin Up!, Brian King, back-to-school card

The sentiment from the Flowering Tulips stamp set is wonderful for the launch of any new adventure, but it’s perfect for the first day of school. Here’s a closer look:

Flowering Tulips, Stampin Up!, Brian King, back-to-school card

Here are the steps I took to build the chalk board on my card:

  • I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink on Soft Succulent cardstock.
  • I heat embossed the sentiments with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my heat tool.
  • I brushed a little touch of white craft ink onto the Soft Succulent panel to “dust” it with chalk.
  • I cropped the piece with a Stitched Rectangles Die
  • I added a little strip of Smoky Slate cardstock along the bottom of the chalkboard, a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the eraser and two little strips of Basic White cardstock for the chalk.
  • I framed the chalkboard with Soft Suede cardstock and mounted it on a panel of Sahara sand that I texture embossed with the Brick & Mortar Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

The little apple on the edge of the chalkboard is cropped with the Full Basket Dies, part of the Cheerful Basket Bundle (the tiny apple and tiny stems are shown at the bottom of the image below):

Cheerful Basket Bundle, Stampin Up! 158680I cropped the stems with Early Espresso cardstock and again with Shaded Spruce. I then snipped the tiny leaf out of the Shaded Spruce cutout and carefully glued it to the Early Espresso leaf. Here’s a closer look:

Flowering Tulips, Stampin Up!, Brian King, back-to-school card

I have created ANOTHER cute back-to-school project with these apples that I’ll share on my blog tomorrow. I hope you’ll come back to see what I’ve created. ♥

Stamp Sets:  Flowering Tulips  Papers: Soft Succulent, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Basic White, Real Red, Shaded Spruce  Inks: Versamark, White Craft  Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles Dies, Full Basket Dies, Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  7. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  8. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Here are links to the products I showcased in today’s project:


  1. This is extra special cute! I wish I had your imagination. Love everything about this card.

  2. That little apple is the perfect touch!

  3. Great card for the “Back to School” theme. The chalkboard with eraser, chalk & apple was so creative!

  4. Cute card – it brings back memories of early school days. Love your creativity and imagination.

  5. Wow! Just wow! Love your creativity! This card came together beautifully.

  6. How adorable Brian. Your little details make this card spot on. Love it.

  7. Genius…you are so creative!

  8. You mentioned school supplies ….I loved it when the stores would put the new ones out ! My friends use to tease me about being with the all the kids picking out all those paper products (notebooks of all kinds !)
    Love your card ! I think that would be one to go on my fridge !!
    Oh boy ! A BLOG HOP !!

  9. Brian, I am always amazed how you can pull little elements from different stamp sets to make your project work. I love the brick background, and the sentiment is perfect for your theme. I quickly toured all the cards and love all the creativity everyone has shown. Enjoy your day!

  10. Perfect chalkboard, perfect sentiment, perfect little apple. Perfection times 3. Love, love, love it.

  11. Love this! My husband was a teacher when we lived in Houston, 9th grade History, Geography, etc. Oh the stories I could tell you! He is still in touch with some of his students. He, and his fellow teachers would have adored this card! I bet you thought I had to make a pun like you are the Apple of my eye or something. Well, got to hop along on the blog hop!

  12. I love this card! All the details are perfect-the dusted chalkboard, the brick wall, the apple – flawless and super creative!!!

  13. So clever! I absolutely love the details, down to the wall. Why were all classroom walls painted cinderblock back in the day? Today’s hop is so much fun! Xoxo

  14. Brian your cards are always so original. I would not have thought of using this stamp set in this way. It is too cute.

  15. Sweet apple…. love the chalkboard!

  16. You’re a genius! That green is exactly the same shade as the old chalkboards! No chalk anymore. It’s all whiteboards and Expo markers.

  17. Brilliant card for this theme!

  18. This card is perfect! Each year is anew beginning, and this is just fabulous. Fabulous!

  19. Oh Brian, this has so many memories for me, especially; being asked to clean the boards at the end of the day! Favorite job 😁

  20. I love the color combination on this card! So cute!!

  21. Ohhhh , my friend I love that little Apple 🍎, so real looking,♥️
    Tfs hugs Frenchie ♥️♥️♥️

  22. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Back from 12 days of great fun in Saratoga, NY, I am going through my emails and saw how clever you were to make a chalkboard on the front of your card! 😉 Why am I surprised? 🥰

  23. Super cute and so creative. Great minds think alike-love your set choice. LOL

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