3 Simple Steps to Customize a Chalkboard Greeting Holiday Card | Perfect Pairings with Jaycee

by Jaycee Gaspar
Holiday Card Inspired by Chalkboard Greetings

Hi there, Altenew friends, it's Jaycee. This card-making tutorial focuses on a stunning chalkboard-inspired holiday card.

This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of distressing the background, stamping and coloring the focal elements, and assembling the card to create a truly memorable and festive greeting for your loved ones.

Stunning chalkboard-inspired holiday card design

Creating the Chalkboard Background

Start by distressing a black panel of cardstock with Cloud White Pigment ink using a crumpled piece of packaging filler paper. This will be our background for the holiday card. Apply the ink in a random and organic manner, making sure to catch the edges of the cardstock. Let the background dry while you work on the focal elements.

Stamping and Coloring the Focal Elements

Using the Poinsettia & Berries Stamp and Die Bundle (or any floral stamp set of your choice), heat emboss the poinsettia outline image in white onto a white cardstock panel.

Stamp the solid and detail layers of the poinsettias using red and green ink for a chalk-like effect. Remove excess ink from the embossed areas using a dry microfiber cloth.

Trace the outline of the poinsettia bracts and leaves using a dark grey marker to create a black or slate margin. This not only provides definition to the elements but also covers any feathering from wiping off the excess ink.

Heat emboss the holly branch image and die cut all the colored elements.

Stunning chalkboard-inspired holiday card design

Distressing the Focal Elements

To give the die-cut pieces a chalky appearance, repeat the distressing process by randomly applying blotches of Cloud White Pigment ink using the crumpled piece of packaging paper.

This is exactly the same technique used on the background step of the holiday card. This will add a rustic and lived-in look to the elements, reminiscent of a restaurant menu sign.

Creating and Assembling the Holiday Card Sentiment

Rather than using pre-made greetings, create a bold custom sentiment. Choose individual letter dies and cut the word of your choice (e.g., “Cheer”) twice from white and once from black cardstock. Alternate and offset the black letters between the white ones to create a drop shadow effect.

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Glue the distressed focal elements onto the chalkboard background, creating an eye-catching arrangement. Align and glue the drop shadow sentiment on top. Finally, add Pure White Ink Spray splatters for extra embellishment.

Stunning chalkboard-inspired holiday card design

This unique and personalized greeting will surely impress your loved ones. Feel free to adapt the techniques mentioned here to suit your preferences and explore different floral motifs for various occasions.

Happy crafting!

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