One of my favourite things about digital design is how easy it is to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and styles! One of the hottest trends right now is the chalkboard look, and I love how easy it is to incorporate that style in my digital projects! I used Stampin’ Up!’s digital design program, MDS, to create some fantastic chalk-inspired projects.
I always need thank you cards, and wanted to design a simple yet trendy card that I could print whole stacks of to have on hand whenever I needed one. I used the Chalk Talk and Hello World Ensemble downloads to create the following two cards:
These cards were so simple to design! I started with a Basic Black background, and just added the stamps I wanted in Whisper White. I wanted each card to have a little pop of colour, so I used the stamp image colouring tool to colour the portions of the stamp I wanted to highlight in either Strawberry Slush or Costal Cabana. It only took me about 10 minutes to design both cards, and I’m so pleased with the way they turned out.
The chalkboard look is also perfect for scrapbook pages! My sisters and I recently finished a photobook of a family trip to Disney World. At the very end of the book, I put in a favourite memories page.
This page is all about the journalling, so there is a lot of text. But I still wanted it to have a bit of a hodge-podge look, so I added small photo frames all around the outside of the page to make the border. I love the messy look of having the photos partially off the page — I think it works perfectly with the chalkboard theme. It was so easy to position the frames where I wanted them and then drag and drop my photos in place. The background on this page comes from our Convention 2012 download. I used one of the chalkboard backgrounds instead of the Basic Black because I loved the look of the chalk residue. Then I downloaded a free font (BlackBoard) for the titles. So simple!
I love that I can use MDS to get a nice crisp chalkboard look like I did on the cards, or a messier more realistic feel like I did on the scrapbook page.
MDS is a simple program to use! Even as a beginner, you’ll be able to create projects like these. If you would like to learn more, come to one of our Make A Statement Digital Tour events. We’ll teach you the basics of the program, and you’ll even receive the software free when you register! There is still time to sign up for our events in Brisbane, Perth, and Auckland. The registration fee is only $35 AUD / $45 NZD for a half day of MDS training. To learn more details and register for the event, click here.
Holly Linford, Stampin’ Up! trainer