This sweet chalkboard is good way to remind someone that you love them!
I was thinking the other day, Valentine’s Day is starting to kind of get a bad rap. There’s all the pushback about it being a “Hallmark Holiday” that was invented just to get us to buy more stuff. And maybe that’s true. I know in the movies it’s normal for characters to expect a huge gigantic romatic gesture and/or to be super depressed if they happen to not have a date on Valentine’s Day but I don’t think that’s really how it is or should be on Valentine’s Day in the real world. In fact, I love celebrating it with kids the most because we can talk about it as a holiday where you appreciate the people you love. And I was thinking it would be nice if grown-up Valentine’s Day was more like this too. You know, kind of more like Thanksgiving, where you’re thankful for your loved ones. Whether that’s a significant other or your parents or your best friend. You know what I mean? It would be nice if we stopped focusing on the grand romance that is never real life and instead just focus on love in all its forms. So I grabbed this little blank chalkboard from the Target dollar spot (what are they calling it these days? I forget…) it was a $3 item, and I got to work. And now I have a nice spot to leave a little note for Aa or O or even Baby V (we’ll read it to her) or hey you could even leave one for the housecleaner or the babysitter! Everyone likes to be appreciated! Here’s how I made it..
Valentine’s Day Gratitude Chalkboard
1. If your heart chalkboard has a border, go ahead and paint it however you like. As long it’s got a matte chalkboard finish, you shouldn’t need to sand it before applying acrylic paint. I chose a dark magenta with little pink hearts on the scallops. 2. Set up your cutting file, I used my Silhouette Cameo.Then cut your vinyl.3. Remove the negative space around the text. 4. Then lay transfer paper or clear contact paper over the text and rub it down all over. 5. Slowly peel up the contact paper, the white vinyl text should come with it. 6. Apply the vinyl to your surface and again, rub all over with a credit card or something similar. Then peel off the contact paper, they vinyl should stick to the chalkboard. 7. Before you write on your chalkboard, rub all over it with the side of a piece of chalk and then wipe that off with a tissue. This prevents ghosted permanent images. 8. Hang up your Gratitude Chalkboard and leave notes for the people you love!
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