The Chalkboard Technique

Hi Sweets! With school getting out soon (in two weeks for my kids!), I figured I’d share a technique that is perfect for an end of the year card (or even a beginning of the year card – so remember this for the end of the summer).  To create the chalkboard look, you need black or dark green cardstock, white ink and white embossing powder.  You can also use some colored pencils to add in some detail if you’d like.

Before I start most projects, I lay out the stamps to make sure I like my design.  This is really easy to do with clear stamps.  And if you have repeat letters, you can leave a space or put another letter in its spot as a placeholder, so you can still see about how long the word will be.  I used the Veggin Set, Outline Lower Alpha and Turnip.  I always try to mix and match as many sets as I can!

Don’t be afraid to add some pencil lines to your creation to help you stamp straight or to keep your spacing correct.  You can always erase them later.

Since I’m going to heat emboss, I added some chalk to the paper.  This will ensure that the extra powder won’t stick.  You can also use a dryer sheet if you don’t have any type of anti-static chalk or powder.

I inked up a sentence with my Versamark (watermark ink) and then sprinkled white embossing powder over it.  I hit it with my heat gun before the ink dried (tip: get that heat gun nice and hot before you even let it touch your paper.  I’ve found it causes the paper to curl less and everything just works better).

 

You can still see some of the chalk on the paper, but I have no problem with that, since it’s supposed to look like a chalkboard!

I did have a few extra little specks of powder hanging around the veggies.  If this happens, you can wipe them away with your finger, or take a small paintbrush to get rid of the excess powder.

Once everything is stamped and embossed, you can add in some details with colored pencils.  For this project, I used white, but I also added some green and pink.  Hey – there are all different kinds of colored chalk out there, so why not, right?!?!? I did crosshatching (diagonal lines), but you can color in your images any way you want – you can even use real chalk if you want – let your creativity flow!

I also took a q-tip and rubbed on some white ink.  I used Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  This is a chalk ink, so that means it takes a bit to dry, so you can always use your heat gun again to make sure it’s 100% dry when you’re done adding the extra ink.

I felt like something was missing, even with all of the little extra details, I added, so I grabbed some washi tape, sequins and a few mini hearts that I die cut.

And here’s the final result:

You can see all of the little details that I added in really help with the final result! I even added a little white ink to the base of the card, which is Kraft cardstock, to simulate the border of a chalkboard.

I think any teacher would enjoy getting a card like this, don’t you? So, have you tried this technique? I’d love to see any Sweet Cards you’ve made or are going to make that are Chalkboard-Style! Share the links here or post to our Facebook page.

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Luxe
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Pencils: Spectrum Noir
Die: Simon Says Stamp
Sequins: Studio Calico
Washi: Queen & Co.
Cardstock: Recollections

One Response to The Chalkboard Technique

  1. I adore the chalkboard technique and LOVE your fun card!

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