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I have a super easy DIY to share with you this month. It involves one of my new favorite things: chalkboard paint! Krylon makes a chalkboard spray paint that is really fun to use. I’ve been using it on a lot of things lately and I found out that it works well on cardstock – from which you can then cut or punch shapes!
Since Valentine’s day is right around the corner, why not get a head start on a few creative accents for your tags, gifts, or cards!
Here are the materials you’ll need: 1. Krylon Chalkboard paint 2. white cardstock 3. large heart punch (I used Fiskars) 4. chalk 5. paper towel 6. assorted decorations (glitter, ribbons or trims, three-dimensional paint, charms, etc.)
Decorations are up to you! Grab some red, pink, white or purple things from your craft stash!
Here is how you make it:
1. Set up in a well ventilated area (outside is best). Place your white cardstock on newspaper. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the can to apply the chalkboard paint. I found that several light coats work best (rather than one heavy coat). It dries really fast so you won’t have to wait too long.
2. Rub a piece of chalk, on its side, all over the chalkboard paper. You have to ‘prime’ the surface to get it ready for use.
3. Take a soft paper towel and rub the chalk off, like you would to erase a blackboard.
4. You are now ready to write on your surface!
5. Use your paper punch to punch out the heart shapes.
6. Embellish! (Just a note – I found it easier to write the chalk sentiments before doing the embellishing. Keep in mind that you have to handle your little hearts with care so you don’t smudge your words.)
There are so many things you can do. I’ll share a few ideas – glitter around the edge (brush very edge with glitter glue then sprinkle glitter). Add dots of 3-D paint around the edge. Add a colorful brad and some trims….
Adhere a lace trim around the back edge and add a few buttons. Use a pencil eraser dipped in glitter paint to add polka dots…
Make a heart from red Stickles. Add a charm. Adhere a sparkly sequin trim around the outside edge…
After you decorate your hearts, you can add them to your tags, cards or anything that needs a special Valentine touch! I have an example of one of my favorite hearts on a tiny glassine envelope. (Tucked inside is an iTunes gift card – shhhhhhh!)
This is such a flexible technique – once you have your cardstock painted with the chalkboard paint you can use any shape punch (although larger punches are better because they give you more room to write).
The next time you are at a craft store or hardware store check out the paint aisle for chalkboard paint. You’ll be glad to have a can of it in your craft stash! Happy creating!
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