Chalk it up

The retro trend continues to expand with chalkboard-themed collections entering the world of paper crafting. When I was young, chalkboards were in every classroom. I didn’t see a whiteboard until high school. So, these lines are nostalgic for me. Also – and I might be wrong – whiteboard-inspired collections probably wouldn’t have the same appeal.

I paired my chalkboard-looking papers with (what else?) a little chalk ink. I tripled the trendiness with washi tape and chevron.

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of lilac textured cardstock. Affix two strips of teal, damask-patterned washi tape horizontally across the card’s front, with the first strip placed about 3/4 of an inch from the top and the second evenly spaced below the first. Trim the excess from the edges.

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Cut a 4-inch-square piece of multicolored, chevron-patterned cardstock (I used “Chevron” from the Chalkboard collection by We R Memory Keepers) and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front.

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Cut out a chalkboard-inspired floral image from patterned cardstock (mine’s from “Blackboard” from the Chalkboard collection), leaving a small margin around the image. Adhere it to the card’s front.

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Affix two strips of citrine striped washi tape (such as Bluebell “Smile” from The Sweetest Thing collection by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye) horizontally across the card’s front, one next to the other and about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom edge of the card.

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Stamp a banner image with a sentiment (I used the “Sweet” stamp from the Hipster collection’s Cheese set by Basic Grey and Hero Arts) in lilac ink (such as Color Box’s Cat’s Eye Queue fluid chalk ink in pink pastel from the Rose Petals collection) onto white cardstock.

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Cut out the image, leaving a small margin. Cut a 5-by-1-inch piece of chalkboard-inspired cardstock (Chalkboard collection) and affix a strip of teal, damask-patterned washi tape horizontally across it, close to the bottom edge. Wrap the ends around the edges.

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Using dimensional adhesive, affix this piece to the card’s front, centered over the citrine washi. Adhere the banner cutout, centered, over this piece.

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7 thoughts on “Chalk it up

  1. This is awesome, the chalkboard trend wasn’t really something I was sure about but I love how you have added colour and fussy cut, it is just so lovely.

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