So I had to move to plan B...since we had already gotten this cute invitation designed, I was sticking with the Chalkboard theme.
I ended up on the Hobby Lobby 90% off aisle, where all strange decorative items go to die...and found these for $1.00 each!
I was able to pop off the letter on them, and after a little scraping, I thought they were ready to paint with chalkboard paint. But no, the two different surfaces didn't paint the same. I ended up cutting a rectange of contact paper and putting it on top to make it smooth. Anyway, it worked, and I now have chalkboards!
This is the one I put contact paper on, before painting it. I was so excited to write on it, I didn't "cure" it first. So you can see some junk on the background of it. I won't make that mistake again.
This was a metal sign that was pink and had a phrase about shopping on it. Two coats of chalkboard paint later... I love it!
I may start chalkboard painting lots of other stuff! Now if I can just learn some of those great lettering techniques, our banquet signs will be really cute.