Happy Friday! Michele here, from It’s About the Paper. You know what, I’ve noticed something about my craft projects lately. They have been getting messier and messier over time. I don’t mean that the final results are messy… I mean that the process is messy. For me, ink is about as messy as I get. Maybe a little watercoloring. But paint? I seriously never use paint. Ever. But I came across some Faber-Castell Chalk Board Paint, and I absolutely had to give it a try.
I started with a wooden frame that was given to me years ago by a friend to showcase a ski group picture. I’ve since added that picture to my scrapbook so I decided to repurpose the frame. I removed the snowflakes and then put on 3 coats of Chalk Board Paint, letting it dry between coats.
When the paint dries, it’s a gorgeous matte finish. You can write on it with chalk and erase it, just like a regular chalkboard. To decorate it, I used the Elegant Flowers stamp set and some white pigment ink. Now, the pigment ink I have is Adirondack “Snow Cap” by Ranger. I have trouble getting this white ink to really stick to my stamps on its own, so if this happens to you, here’s a tip: First cover your stamp with watermark ink (such as Versamark, or Inkssentials Watermark Resist Ink), then ink it up with the white pigment ink. I thought my stamped images turned out beautifully by doing this.
When working on the stamped design, don’t forget to leave some open space so that you can further decorate with real chalk. What a great way to add some extra detail to my frame, like the date of the picture, a quote, or some journaling.
And that’s it! Here it is, on display. A very easy project with some elegant and trendy results! (In the end I guess it wasn’t really very messy after all!)
I used the Elegant Flowers stamp set today.
Are you a big fan of the chalkboard trend and think it will stick around for awhile longer? I admit that I don’t really use the chalkboard look much on cards or scrapbook pages. But I’ll tell you what, this paint is wonderful and I will definitely look for more ways to use it with my Sweet Stamp Shop stamps. Leave me a link to your chalkboard projects in the comments, I’d love to take a look!
Don’t forget that Danni is hosting the Color Me Sweet challenge! All you need to do is use your Sweet stamps on a project and follow the kraft, black and apricot color scheme. Take a picture and link it to the Sweet Stamp Shop Flickr group. There’s a prize up for grabs!
Have a fantastic weekend, see you later!