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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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christmas chalkboard packaging!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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black from august haven

January 21, 2013

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black from august haven

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i’ve been eyeing a couple of black accent pieces from august haven lately, so i thought i would share them with you. i love their mixture of urban, antique and contemporary pieces- just browsing their site is an inspiration!

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dark decor

October 19, 2010

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vt wonen dark interiors

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vt wonen dark interiors

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vt wonen dark interiors

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i’m not sure if it’s just that time of year, or if i’m ready for a change from my previous white and beige era, but i’ve begun to fall in love with darker decor.  there’s something about winter hibernation, early darkness and warm drinks that go along with comfortable accents of black and cozy dark walls. in our new place, i am splashing about more bright colors than usual (you’ll see them soon, i promise!), but i am still drawn to dark accents.  the mere fact that we’re not allowed to paint our stark white walls is probably making me long for a can of black paint even more- but that will just be my design challenge- furniture, rugs and art it is!

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