If scrapbooking is one of your favorite things, you are likely always on the lookout for ways to improve your craft. Look no further. We found a tutorial that uses scrapbooking cardstock to create the trendy chalkboard embellishments that everyone is raving about right now. It's available below, but we'll walk you through the procedure step-by-step.

When designing pages for a scrapbooking project, texture can be as important as the colors you choose. It can be a challenge, though, to figure out how to add texture using only cardstock. Lisa Echerd created a wonderful tutorial that will teach you how to add some dramatic character to your pages with some easy-to-create chalkboard embellishments.


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These chalkboard pieces are easy to create, even for beginners, and you don't need an abundance of supplies either. Let's get started.

Supplies You Will Need to Complete This Project

  • Heavy and smooth cardstock - Make sure the cardstock you choose is substantial enough to take a couple of coats of paint. Any color will do, but black is preferable.
  • Chalk Paint
  • Scissors
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    Brush or sponge
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    Newspaper or plastic to cover your work surface
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    Gel pens, watercolor crayons, color pencils, paint pens, stamping pad, or embossing powder (you won't need all of these, only the ones that you choose to use to write on your embellishments)
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    Die cutter - optional
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    Paper punches - optional

As you can see, the list is pretty easy compared to a lot of other craft tutorials. There are a few optional items on there that we will discuss below.

The optional items

There are a few things on the list that are actually up to you. We will discuss the options, though, throughout this tutorial. The list of pens seems daunting, but don't worry. You probably have something on hand that will do just fine. We will discuss what the author is using in the tutorial, but at the end of the day, the choice of marker is totally up to your preference.

The author has a die cutter that makes the shapes she uses to create the embellishments.

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While having a die cutter would indeed be handy, it's not necessary. You can purchase these shapes pre-cut from your local craft supply, or even make them yourself by using tracing paper and cutting the forms out yourself. Later in the tutorial, we will cover how to create an entire sheet of chalkboard cardstock to use for precisely that purpose.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Grab your supplies and get settled. By the time we finish, you will know how to add some beautiful texture and dramatic color to all of your scrapbooking projects. While this tutorial focuses on a starting with a chalkboard base coat, these tricks and techniques can be used for any project.

1. How to choose the cardstock and prepare the paper

When selecting cardstock for this project, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, the cardstock you choose should be very heavy. If you are unsure about shopping for cardstock, we found a handy guide on how to pick the proper weight. The cardstock should also be as smooth as possible.

Use your preferred method of cutting to create as many shapes as you can. Cut out round shapes, rectangles, squares, and ovals. Whatever you determine you might need for future projects.

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As you can see, Ms. Echerd used cardstock in several different colors. What she found was that the colored papers needed more coats of the paint than the black did. While adding a second coat of paint is time-consuming, the resulting deeper darker black and added texture make it worth it. If you don't have the time, though, one coat on black paper will do nicely. If you do use a different color, however, two layers will almost always be necessary.

2. Brush or sponge?

Like the markers (which we will discuss later), the choice of how to apply your paint is up to you. It comes down to which you prefer to work with. The photo below shows two pieces using the same color and cardstock.

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In the photo posted above, she used a brush on the left, and the right used a sponge. If you want even more texture than that already offered by the paint, using a brush is the way you want to go. The brush strokes from the bristles add beautiful texture and dimension to the piece. However, if a smoother finish is what you're after, a sponge is what you should choose.

3. Apply the paint

Next, you want to apply the chalkboard paint carefully. Place something down on your work surface to protect it. Grab your brush or sponge and the pieces that you want to paint and squirt a little paint out on a dish. Use care not to apply color too thick, as it will warp the paper.

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Carefully, using a little paint at a time, start to cover your pieces. Follow the instructions on the bottle and make sure that you allow the paint to dry thoroughly before you tackle the next step of the tutorial.

5. Create adorable tags that look like tiny chalkboards

Now we will begin to add in some discussions about what type of marker you want to use for this scrapbooking project. The best way to decide is to create a few extra pieces covered in the paint. Then, use the markers and pens you have on hand and experiment. See how each one looks on the scrap papers before making up your mind.

6. Add dimension with design details

In the tutorial, for the next step, Ms. Echerd first used a white gel pen. She chose a round, sunburst tag that was already dry and used a smaller circle to trace around which added a white inner line and some dimension to the piece.

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The author also did something similar to a square piece with a serrated edge. Using a smaller square, go around the outside of it with the pen of your choice to make a line and add some flair.

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Of course, if you have a steady hand, you can always freestyle an inner line. This technique is especially important if, as shown in the photo below, the piece you are working on has curvy lines.

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In the tutorial, the author goes back and adds another line. The end design, however, is entirely up to you. The photo posted below is what the piece looks like with a double line.


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7. Adding flair to your pieces

Next, Ms. Echerd added text to another tag. For this, she used a Sharpie Paint Marker. Generally, a paint marker will make a fatter line than a gel pen. When you are using the paint pen for text, be careful to choose the right size pen, so you don't run out of room on your piece.

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Embossing powder

You can also use embossing powder to add some designs to your tiny chalkboards. Ms. Echerd says, though, to be careful because the powder likes to stick to the chalkboard paint. We found a good, basic video tutorial on how to use embossing powder if you are not familiar with this process.

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While it might be a little tedious, you can see that the embossing powder looks great on the black chalkboard paint. It creates a stunning embellishment for any scrapbooking project. The powder adds even more texture and dimension to the piece.

7. How to make an entire sheet for larger pieces or future projects

Creating a whole sheet of chalkboard paint is also an excellent option for any scrapbooking project. These are great for either large pieces or to hold onto for future use. Painting it is done in the same manner. One thing to keep in mind, though, you unquestionably want to use black paper for this. You will notice that when you cut the pieces out after painting if it is on another color paper, those edges will show on the cuts.

8. Borders

One handy use for those big sheets is a cute border.

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Using a sheet cutter or scissors, carefully cut out a thin line long enough to serve as a border. Use the same techniques described in Ms. Echerd's tutorial to decorate the borders. You can use special scissors like the ones pictured below to help you create those super funky curved edges too. Scrapbooking scissors are available in a wide array of special blades to create a variety of edge designs.

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Now Let's Put That Knowledge to Work

One of the best things about scrapbooking is that once you learn a new technique, there is no end to the possibilities. You can use this technique to create full pages, cards, and even picture frames if you want.

These delightful tags will add some dramatic texture and deep black accents with striking embellishments that all your friends will envy. Most of all, have a wonderful time creating those striking scrapbooking pages.

Have you tried this at home already? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section.

Watch the entire video below. Be sure to tell Lisa Echerd that you were there.

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