Ok, I admit it. I absolutely love the new chalkboard trend. I try to avoid trends for the most part, but this one I just can’t stay away from. I love the muted colors, the sketchy designs and how sharp photos and embellishments look against chalkboard backgrounds. Unfortunately, Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a “true” chalkboard line, but they do have several items right now that fit in perfectly with the theme. First, let’s look at the items and then I will show off a mini album I made with the pieces.
Ok, I love the polaroid look and I love the camera and retro accessories on this one. I actually rank this set well over all the other polaroid dies that are available right now because this one is stylized with diagonial lines. It makes it pop out and look more stylish than the other dies on the market that look like they are simply layered squares. The stamps and sentiments have some retro flair, but they aren’t too retro which means they will still be usable once the retro trend passes.
Like the Peachy Keen set, this one has a bit of retro flair while being generally useful as well. The starburst framelits are perfect for layering and adding extra elements to any card or scrapbook page. The sayings are fun, but the framelits can stand on their own if you emboss or use patterned paper to make the shapes.
3. Sweet Sobert Designer Paper
This paper is only available as a Sale-A-Bration reward- meaning you spend $50 on other items and you get the paper pack free. However, this set has perfect colors and patterns for matching other chalkboard products. It looks perfect with the We-R-Memory Keeper line and the Teresa Collins line. The colors and patterns are just perfect for using with blackboard backgrounds and accents. I hate to say it, but I would definitely spend $50 on other products to get my hands on some of this paper!
4. Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack
Unfortunately, this one is a Sale-A-Bration reward as well. But, it uses the same colors as the paper pack and it includes some mega-cute corkboard embellishments. I really wish Stampin’ Up! Had done a full line like this for the Occasions 2014 catalog! The twine is perfect for accenting chalkboard themed cards and pages, and I had a lot of fun using the corkboard designs.
This is the one from the annual calendar, not the one from Sale-A-Bration. This one provides the perfect texture for the color scheme we are working with. I like this one because it is nice, even dots and it gives a different texture to elements on the page or card.
6. Colors: Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Costal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Pistachio Pudding, and Rich Razzleberry??!
Of the above, tangerine tango and Rich Razzleberry are the only colors that don’t have a subtle smooth hue to them. They are bolder, and I use them on accents to make them really stand out and pop. The combination is visually pleasing yet still interesting to look at.
By combining these products with black and other chalkboard lines, I was able to create the following photo album: