The Chalkboard Effect – Wrapped In Plaid

Get a little bit of vintage style in your Christmas card making this year by using the chalkboard effect. This fun little technique works well with any stamp set or patterned papers. However, today I am featuring this technique with the Wrapped in Plaid suite from Stampin’ Up!

Chalkboard Technique - Wrapped In Plaid Card Ideas

Creating the Chalkboard Effect

So let’s start by talking about how to create the chalkboard effect. The easiest and most effective way is by stamping with white craft ink on black cardstock. That’s it! Well, that’s almost it…you will also need to do a bit of sponging around the edges of the black cardstock. You can even sponge white ink all across the black cardstock for a dramatic chalkboard effect.

These first two cards feature some Christmas greetings randomly stamped in the background using white ink. You can clearly see the difference in the chalkboard effect on these two cards. The first card features just a bit of white ink sponged on the edges of the black cardstock. The second card is exactly the same with a bit more sponging completed all over the black cardstock (not just on the edges). Which style do you prefer?

Simple Card Ideas

You can use the chalkboard effect to create all sorts of fun card designs! Here are a few more fun ideas for you!

The card on the left features the chalkboard effect on a 3 x 4-1/4 inch piece of black cardstock. Stamp one of the tree images on the left and right side of the cardstock using white craft ink. Sponge a bit of white ink around the edges of the black cardstock to create the chalkboard effect. Embellish the card with a variety of different plaid patterned papers.

The card on the right features a 3 x 3 inch piece of one of the plaid patterned papers from the Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Simply punch out the tree image in the center. Line up the DSP on the top part of a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of black cardstock, then stamp the tree in the center of the DSP using white ink. You will actually be stamping on the black cardstock, you are simply using the DSP as a guide for placement. Stamp a greeting on the bottom of the black cardstock using white ink. Then sponge white craft ink all over the black cardstock and the edges.

Wrapped In Plaid

Now you can use the chalkboard effect with any stamp set or patterned papers that you have on hand. But if you are loving the plaids, then you might also be interested in joining my Christmas Club this month! Here’s a little sneak peek…

This month’s Christmas Club features 12 Christmas cards, 3 of 4 different designs, using various products from the Wrapped in Plaid suite. Get all of the details on the club at

I hope you enjoyed the card ideas and this simple little technique! Have a creative day! ~Lynn

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4 thoughts on “The Chalkboard Effect – Wrapped In Plaid”

  1. I have been wanting to try the Chalkboard look. I always thought it to be so hard, u now I know how it is done and I am going to try it. Thank You fr sharing.

    • Thanks so much Joyce! It is such a fun and simple technique. So glad you are going to try it! I have a few more simple ideas for using this technique and I will share them in my video that is coming out on Wednesday 🙂

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