18 December 2013

Creating a "chalkboard" print and a free printable


Hi everyone!  I though I'd share how I made my chalkboard print.  It's so easy and you can make them for the different seasons.  I don't have a video or step-by-step photos so I hope it makes sense.

I created my print in Photoshop CS5 but you should be able to use any programme that uses layers.  I kept the size to 8x10 so I could easily print it at home.  If you want a larger print, you could have it printed at a photo lab.

To make the "chalkboard" I used solid black background with a texture layered over it.  I used Florabella's "Whitewash" on lighten at 20%.  You can also do a search for free chalkboard backgrounds. 

Choose your quotation then start to add the letters.  For this print, I used three different fonts - actually four if you include the snowflake.  There are a wealth of free fonts out there.  Check out The Graphics Fairy for some of her recommendations.  I used two or three fonts that I found there - I think using a couple of different fonts makes it look more interesting. I used white for my lettering but you can also add colour if you like.

Merge the layers and print!  I recommend printing on the highest resolution possible.  I printed mine on white card stock and framed it without glass.  Just add a layer of chipboard or cardboard so your print won't shift in the frame.  Have fun!  These add a nice accent and are super easy (and cheap!) to create.

I've included the one I made for you to download and frame (personal use only please).  Just print it on 8 1/2 x 11 card stock then trim to fit an 8x10 frame.

{To download, click the image to enlarge then right click to save to your computer}


I don't think there's any question whether we'll have a white Christmas this year!  We've had a lot snow with more to come this weekend.  It looked so pretty as it fell last weekend.  The prettiness wears off very quickly and in a few weeks, I'm sure I'll be wishing for it all to be gone!

One more thing - the latest issue of Homebound is now available!  I'm thrilled to once again be a contributor to Heather's wonderful magazine.  Lots of gorgeous photos in this issue along with recipes, decor and more.  Be sure to take a peek!

xo,
Lynda

5 comments:

  1. You manage to make the snow look pretty and inviting. It was "nice" but driving in it this weekend (went top southeastern PA) was NOT a joy at all...nerve wracking and it soon became dirty & slick...I'm thinking more and more I could live in a warm climate all year long!

    Thanks for this printable (it's gorgeous) and for the tutorial on how to make them! Stay cozy in all this wintery weather!

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    1. Snow looks nice but driving in it is a different story! I can imagine your drive was rough but glad you got home safe and sound. :)

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  2. That's very nice. Thank you for the directions as well AND the printable. Sweet gift...

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  3. Thank you so very much for the information here, Lynda!
    I really love the look.
    We have about 17 inches of snow on the ground, but i hear that this weekend will be just about 50 degrees. Things are going to get messy, :-)

    lisa.

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