Chalkboard Technique, You’ve got this!

When I spotted the challenge today at Less is more, I knew I needed to join in. Okay, so maybe it’s slightly cliche to make a chalkboard when requested to try the chalkboard technique…but let me explain why. My oldest daughter decided recently to start looking for a new career path since due to the pandemic, she had to take a pay cut at her current employment. She interviewed with a Principal at a school in NC to be a 6th grade English teacher, and was offered the job. She’s never taught a class before, so you can imagine she’s more then a little nervous to start. This challenge gave me the inspiration for an encouragement card to send to her.

I used the sponge with white ink to make the cloudy/dusty background on the black card stock. I found a nice piece of scrap paper by Basic Grey and embossed a wood grain texture along with ink to distress the frame. It was a little plain, so I dug in my Fall tub to find some stickers to complete the card.

The biggest challenge I had making this card was cutting 1/2 in. pieces of paper in a straight line. Does anyone reading this have a paper trimmer that cuts thin straight lines that you can recommend?? I’ve tried several brands of trimmers with not much luck.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Please join me in praying for all the teachers and the students starting back in person and/or virtually this Fall, for health, safety, and boundless unconditional love.

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Hello! I'm a 50 something wife and mother of two girls ~ I started Blogging in March of 2011 on Blogger and just converted to WordPress in Dec 2019. I started paper crafting in 1995 when I first tried embossing with powder, I was so excited and couldn't believe it was so easy to make something so beautiful. Creativeseconds was started as a way of selling secondhand craft supplies and cards on Ebay and Etsy. You will find creative cards, tags, and paper crafting projects here as well as craft room organizational ideas. Follow along with me and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

16 thoughts on “Chalkboard Technique, You’ve got this!

  1. Hi Karen. When I want to cut thin strips I use the Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer A5. it is ideal as you can cut as low as I mm strips as you can see exactly where you are going to cut as it has a thin metal wire which shows exactly where you cut. They do an A4 one too. Hope this helps.

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  2. Fabulous card, and what a wonderful idea. Love that you are giving your daughter encouragement, and I wish her all the best for the start at school. I was a teacher for 35 years, and know that feeling of starting somewhere new. Have a great weekend, stay safe! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. This is brilliant Karen. Love the chalkboard and wooden frame and the bottom of the card provides just the right amount of decoration. Such a lovely idea to send this encouragement to your daughter. You must be so proud of her and slightly nervous for her at the same time. Sending hugs, Vicky x

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  4. PS. I bought a SU guillotine years ago which is brilliant for cutting thin strips of card stock. They don’t do it anymore but it’s the same as the Tonic one I believe x

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  5. Love your card…it is PERFECT!…and a great encouragement card for your daughter! I will pray for her and the transition into this new situation.

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  6. Exciting reason to make this card good luck to your daughter on her new path, it can take a while to find the right one and wish her every success with this. Your card is brilliant after all what are black boards for if not to write on? (blackboards is what we Brits grew up calling them!)

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