Friday, August 15, 2008

Ten Blackboard Tips

Today I thought I would post some tips for using our Blackboard shapes. Take these ideas, use them as your own and become a scrapbook superstar!

1. Rub on the rub-ons! This is a fast and easy way to make cute Blackboard embellishments. One piece of advice, if your rub-on of choice is going to hang over the edge of the Blackboard shape, trim it off before starting to rub.

2. Stamp your Blackboard with chalk ink. I love this look!

3. Edge your Blackboard with a white pen, it really makes the edges POP.

4. Wrap your Blackboard with wire, thread, string, staples or fibers.

5. Glitter and Blackboard, one of my favorites! The polka-dots are made by putting down glue dots and then glittering. The dashes are glue dot dashes (imagine that). I also like stamping with glue and then glittering (wash your stamps immediately afterward).

6. These look like they are just plain, and although Blackboard is nice plain, it's also great with Glossy Accents! I love the cogs from the Cogsmo Blackboard done this way. In fact, so much that I've used them all and didn't have any on hand.

7. Use gold leaf with your Blackboard. I use gold leaf much like I use glitter. The leaves are done with glue, but the dots....... you guessed it, glue dots.

8. Paint your Blackboard. I love the metallic paint by Folk Art, but any kind of paint works. I've even used nail polish!

9. Get out the pastels. I have used oil and chalk pastels. These examples are chalk. It's fun to blend and shade, just use a fixative over the top when your done (aerosol hairspray will work in a pinch, but I doubt it's acid free).

10. Cover them with their matching diecuts. The new lines diecuts are even adhesive backed (stickers) so you don't have to use glue or anything! Sometimes I like to offset them so that I have a black shadowed edge showing, like on the bird above.

17 comments:

Nicole said...

YEAH!!! Thanks so much for these!! You know I LOVE, love, love your black chipboard!! I've done lots of the white pen (maybe my favorite) rub-ons, glossy accents (So true on the cogsmo "gears!), stapled lots of ribbon to them, but now will try more colored staples just on them! Off to but the folk paints, now... Oooo I see a weekend of creativity coming my way. You just rock!!!!

Rachel said...

Lookie, lookie! I love it all!!!

Maren said...

WOW~I am completely INSPIRED! Thanks! Looks like a weekend of blackboard for me!!

Crafty Sarah said...

These are brilliant! I hadn't come across these before but they are fab! xx

Natasja said...

I love me some blackboard!! I used the with and colored pens a lot, and rub-ons, love to ad rub-ons :)

Donna Brisbois said...

These are awesome ideas. Love your blackboard...but I hink now I'm going to love it even more ! Thanks.

Beverley Todd said...

Some fab ideas there! I like to use ranger Crackle Paints on blackboard too

AJ said...

I love this stuff!!
the halloween line is tooo cute!!
hopefully there is a local store that will get it in time!!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love all of the examples!

melita said...

these are great ideas!

DebL said...

These are fantastic ideas - I have a bunch of blackboard just waiting for me to figure out interesting things to do to it!

DebL said...

These are fantastic ideas - I have a bunch of blackboard just waiting for me to figure out interesting things to do to it!

DebL said...

These are fantastic ideas - I have a bunch of blackboard just waiting for me to figure out interesting things to do to it!

scandi said...

I LOVE these tips! it's so fabulous to see ideas of how to use things I have and breathe new life into them! I hope this is a theme and that you will continue to share your ideas.
Thank you!

Jenn said...

SOOOOOOO CUTE! Love the blackboard!

Linda Beeson said...

I so, so love you black chipboard! Who knew just that one thing about it being a different color would make it so cool to work with?

d'Dragon said...

Love your blackboard tips - thanks!