Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial

Hi everyone! I have a Sizzix tutorial for you today, with fun dies and techniques. You can of course use the techniques for any type of project.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

I made a woodgrain chalkboard easel using new dies by Lori Whitlock. I always enjoy opening a pack of Lori's dies, because the sets contain so many great dies that can be used for a whole range of different projects. Every time, I am surprised to find some of the dies, because you rarely spot all of them on the packaging. The main set used here is the Chalkboard Easel Card set, but I also used the Frame w/Easel set, as well as Lori's Woodgrain #4 embossing folder. I have a hard time not getting everything I see that is woodgrain, it has been a long-time favourite of mine. 

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

After die cutting two chalkboard panels from Heavystock Mixed Media paper, I embossed them in the Woodgrain #4 folder, avoiding the top flap. They fit perfectly in the folder.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

Coat with a layer of gesso.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

Smear Crazing Medium on the panels, but don't cover them completely.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

When the Crazing Medium is dry, paint with Tumbled Glass, and brush some Mermaid Lagoon on top to accentuate the texture. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

Apply a brown Distress Crayon along the edges and rub into the Crazing crackles with your finger. Remove excess crayon with a slightly moist cloth.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

Die cut flags from brown Paper Leather.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

Die cut a word from wool felt, as well as its coordinating mat from Paper Leather. 'Together' and the hearts comes from the Frame w/Easel set. Die cut hearts and a star from wool felt.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix Lori Whitlock Chalkboard Easel Card die set.

To made the chalkboard easel stronger, I die cut it a second time from cardstock and glued the embossed panels on top. Place under a heavy book to make sure it is stuck well. Then proceed with assembling the two panels, by using a strong adhesive on the top flap.

I die cut my photos with the square die included in the Chalkboard Easel Card set, and matted them on burlap. Glue to the base. The photos were taken in one of our favourite spots in South Africa.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

The flags were threaded onto twine and glued to the top of the panels, tying them together on the sides. The sentiments on top are Small Talk stickers.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

I really like the size and shape of these heart dies. Heart dies are so versatile.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

When gluing felt, I use Matte Medium. I also find that it is the most invisible glue that I have at home.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

The textured woodgrain with the fine crackles look pretty cool. You can hardly believe it is actually paper.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

I also decorated the back of the easel, so that it can be turned around to display a different photo, but taken at the same occasion. I used a different sentiment and another felt word on this side.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

If the sentiment isn't long enough, you can stamp small images on the remaining flags.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

You can also use the tiny stars in the center.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Lori Whitlock

This banner is also included in the Chalkboard Easel Card set, which contains 16 dies in total.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

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3 comments:

  1. What a fun project. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. These easels look perfect for displaying photos, love all of the details, Cathy x

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  3. This is a fabulous idea Anna-Karin. You have done an amazing job on your easel. I have two young grandsons and we spent a few days at the beach with them last week and I have some fantastic pics of them, they never stopped smiling. This would be a great way to use a couple of these pics. TFS!

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