I just recently posted a picture of a chalk board picture, that I made for my daughters birthday. It was super cute, and I had to share. I’ve gotten many requests to show how I did it, so I will share!
If you haven’t noticed these chalkboard pictures online, have been HUGE. It is very common now to see all these chalk board pictures everywhere with everything. Please enjoy this small tutorial on how I do mine.
You can use any kind of photoshop or photo editing software. But I use GIMP. Gimp is an editing software much like Photoshop. But it’s FREE! I love Gimp. You can download it for free on the link above.
To start off, you need a chalk board picture, right? I looked around and found this FREE chalk board background. It’s 8×10″. A perfect fit for pictures. (So you can make an awesome printable, like me! Just click on the image and click “save image as.”
After you get your chalkboard background you’ll need to get some SWEET chalk board fonts. There are literally TONS of different fonts that work well with the chalk board, but I wanted to add a few of my favorites. (These are all free for personal use, but are not for commercial use.) I usually almost always get all my fonts at dafont.com. This is my favorite place. But there are other places to download free fonts. If you don’t know how get a downloaded font into your fonts folder. Look online. They have tons of video tutorials and blog posts about it.
With a chalkboard printable, you’ll need some dingbats, and other stuff to decorate it with. They have lots of free ones but I have two favorite that I will share with you.
Here is the first: Bergamot
Here is the second: KG Flavor and Frames
Now that we have everything you need to do a chalk board printable picture, I will show you a little bit of how to use it with gimp.
1. I always like to go to VIEW on the top menu bar and then click ZOOM. I like to do this because I can see better and make sure everything is even on the picture.
2. Click on the A (font) And just start typing whatever you want. You can move the words you write anywhere and also change the size. This is the most vital part of the printable picture. If you write another word or phrase, the previous ones you did will be in your layers box. All you need to do is click on the layer with the words and you can move those words all around again.
Those are my 2 major steps. It doesn’t seem like much, but it gets easier each time you do it. I have 3 pictures that I will share that I made so you can use those for help with your chalkboard printables.
Here is the first one – It is a first birthday (or you could use it for some other birthday)
Here is a Birth Announcement one:
Here is one last one that I made for my daughters birthday, this is what it will look like in a frame. When I print it, I get it printed for 50 cents at a local copy shop. I print it on a glossy type of paper. It is totally worth the 50 cents, and I don’t waste my ink on my printer. I’m not sure of what the paper is called, but if you go to any print shop and just ask for a glossy paper, I’m sure they’ll have it for you. (And give you the proper name.)
Now that you know how to make these, go and make one, they’re SUPER cute and as I said before they get easier the more you do, good luck and ask me if you have any questions, I’d love to HELP!
How to make a Chalkboard from Dollar Store Platters with Homemade Chalkboard Paint-cheap, easy, and fun!
Or keyword my name Mackenzie to find other DIY crafts I recently posted