Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Just Chalk it up!!

Ok not too long between posts, but enough time for the NEC show and a couple of fun Create and Craft shows and a pile of new products to have a good play with!!
One of the most used new products in my crafting arsenal at the moment is the aperture sets, these lovely masks are ideal for all sorts of techniques and make amazingly simple but effective cards. But they also mean you can let your creativity flow, and so I have!!
One of my favourite recent experiments was to make my own chalkboard paint. And it is so easy!! Simply mix a teaspoon of tile grout (the fine stuff is best) with a tablespoon of acrylic paint, mix well. Now apply to whatever surface, I have done jars but my favourite is on cards, so you can write little messages, I stipple the paint through an aperture on to a nice patterned paper, let it dry (which doesn't take long) then mat and layer. Add chalk on a string and away you go!!
Great fun and tonnes of potential projects in the pipeline with this.
Happy crafting

Ali xx


  1. thanks for the new ideas Ali love all your shows xx hazel

  2. Looked like you were enjoying yourself with
    Dean and thanks for the new ideas. Lovely to see you on Sunday at the Nec. SueL

  3. Hi Ali, what a great idea, have to try this one. Bx

  4. love the tile grout idea....hubby thinks I'm mad that I've asked if he has any...x

  5. What a good idea!! I Love watching your demo's, you amaze me with what you come up with. Well done Ali.

  6. Super idea Ali, as always - thanks for all the inspiration, Carole Z X

  7. How on earth do you think up these ideas - it would never have occurred to me to mix tile grout and acrylic paint to make a blackboard surface.