DIY Wedding Date Chalkboard

Have you set the date and want to announce it to the world? Here is a simple DIY Wedding Date Chalkboard you can use for your Save-the-Dates or engagement photos!
Add the dog and a great photographer. Engagement photos by Marcy Rolerson Photography. You can find the complete tutorial on the blog today.
This is an inexpensive and simple project that anyone can create. This one is for a wedding, but you can create any sign you'd like following this simple transfer method.
Prepare the chalkboard. These can be purchased at any of your local crafts stores. This one is pretty small because it was going to be hanging on the dog's collar, and he's pretty small too! I painted, then distressed the frame but left the chalkboard plain.
Design and print your pattern to the size of the chalkboard surface. I use Avery.com for this purpose. This is your printed pattern ready to go!
Rub the entire reverse surface of the printed area with the side of the chalk until it is coated.
Take a sharpened pencil and trace the entire printed elements. Press down firmly but try not to put your hand on the paper, or it will create smudges on the chalkboard.
This is the design transferred to the chalkboard. It is visible but faint. Now you will take your chalk and re-line it.
Sharpen your chalk as you go. You want to keep a point so that the design is sharp and clean.
Trace the pattern with your sharpened chalk until you are happy with the depth of color and the appearance. The beauty of chalk is that you can erase it and start over!
Clean up the smudges and edges of the design using a Q-tip dipped in water. Make sure you squeeze out most of the water so the tip is just damp, not wet or it will smear.
Stencil design along the edges for a touch of color.
Add embellishments. It's easy to add perfect dots, just dip the tip of your paintbrush in paint and then dot it onto the surface. If you want to keep the chalkboard unsmudged and intact, you will need to coat it with a spray shellac or acrylic.
The happy couple in the North End of Boston. Engagement photographs courtesy of Marcy Rolerson Photography.
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