I love using chalks in my card making. A few years ago, using chalks was the hot new thing but they have tended to fall out of favour a bit more recently. I have a big tin of chalks and I have to confess that even I have let the 'dust' settle a little bit on my chalks. I have quite a lot of chalks as you can see!
I thought it was about time to revist this nice technique for creating backing papers. I know that scrapbook papers are everywhere and very reasonably priced but sometimes it is nice to create something yourself. In this way you can match the paper exactly to your project in terms of colour and design and chalks tend to give a lovely soft finish, which is quite unique.
This article looks at creating a chalked background paper for use in your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.
Making a plain chalked background
You can make lovely plain chalked papers, just by taking your chalk and a piece of cotton wool and rubbing the wool over your paper. Some people like to use cotton buds or makeup applicators but I find a good old cotton wool ball is the best thing if you are trying to cover a larger area.
Work over the paper, covering each bit. You can just dab the chalk on or you can rub in a circular motion, to get the coverage you want. You might like to leave some white paper showing through or build up a more solid colour by working and reworking over the paper.
You can build up colour and add in colours as you work, to create a different and beautiful piece of paper each time. The finished effect is quite lovely as you will get light and darker areas which give your paper a real depth.
Making a patterned paper
If you want to create a patterned paper, perhaps to match in with an embellishment you were going to use, then rubber stamps are the answer. This is one of those techniques like heat embossing, which has a lovely dramatic 'reveal' and can be quite addictive, once you start.
You will need a clear embossing pad, like Versamark and a rubber stamp that you want to use. Stamp over the paper with your stamp to form the pattern.
Tip: make some of the images go off the edge of the page, to create a more realistic look.
Tip Twist your rubber stamp each time you stamp to make the pattern more interesting and not so uniform.
When you have finished stamping, you can then apply your chalks. Dust the colour on as before and watch the pattern unfold! If you feel that you want more stamped images, you can add more and then just dust over them again. You might find that you have overstamped some images, but don't worry about that too much as it can create a nice layered 3D effect.
Creating your own doodles
Instead of using a stamp, try using an embossing pen to doodle your own designs, then dust over with chalk as before.
Using Peel Off Stickers as a Mask
Instead using embossing ink, you can create a mask from a peel off sticker. This gives a nice effect, especially if you have an interesting or pretty sticker. Just dab your sticker on you clothes to remove a bit of the stickiness and then apply it to your card. You can then use your chalks to create your background, peeling off the sticker when you are finished, to reveal the design in white against your coloured background.
Sealing your chalked papers
Once you have finished your paper, you should seal it with some fixative spray. I just use hairspray as it is in my cupboard already and I quite like the fact that it scents the paper too.
I hope you have enjoyed this short article on creating a chalked background. Happy Crafting!
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