Friday, April 9, 2010

Stamping with Chalks (using April kit supplies)

Stamping with Chalks

Tutorial created using April Monthly kit supplies available here.

If you would like to download a pdf document of this tutorial, click here. (Download may begin automatically).

For today’s tutorial, I have a pretty basic technique – perhaps even to be called at the “Beginner level.” Maybe it will be a reminder to you to dust off your chalks, or if you are new to stamping, perhaps it will inspire you. So many times when we first begin down the road of paper crafting we find there is just SO much out there. Of course, we’d love to own it all, but our budgets may not allow for it.

I wanted to create this tutorial to share an idea that you can do using chalks and an embossing ink such as Ranger Distress Embossing ink, or VersaMark. Chalks are a lot more affordable than ink pads and you can usually purchase them in sets or color families giving you a lot of color choices with little investment.

So take out your favorite stamps, some embossing ink, and some chalks and lets get creating!

I happen to own a lot of chalks, as I enjoy creating with them, but for this tutorial, I’m going to use the set of chalks that came with my April kit from the Crafty Alley Kit Club.

Step #1
Ink up your stamp with your embossing ink.

Step #2
Stamp image on to your cardstock.

Step #3

Add chalk to your dauber, cotton ball, or finger tip.

Step #4

Pounce chalk over ink (you can vary the effect by apply several different colors of chalk).

Step #5

Use a brush to remove excess chalk using a light sweeping motion. Chalk will adhere well to the embossing ink, so your image will be fine.

Step #6

You can vary the stamps you use and combine different images. I am using small images to add to my journaling spot and will repeat the steps above using the other colors of chalk from the set.

(Sorry about the poor quality of lighting in my room for this tutorial, my lighting depends a lot upon the weather outside).

Step #7 - Decorate

The supplies used to decorate my tag are from the April kit. I used the ribbons and fibers at the top, and added one of the scissors buttons as a charm. I then added a charm that I made from glass beads. I attached them using the wire stems from the paper flowers in the kit. I had removed the blossoms for use in another project. I slipped the stems through the beads and used them like you would jewelry gauge wire by twisting them to form a loop at the top and bottom of each bead. I then added some recycled jump rings from some jewelry that I had taken apart.

The orange flower was created using the orange cardstock from the kit; which I die cut using a Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Alterations die. I added the lace trim and daisy trim from the kit along the bottom and added a half backed pearl to the flower center.

I truly hope that this tutorial has been helpful for you. This technique makes lovely cards, and accents to scrapbook pages, I just happened to be creating a journaling tag for a mini album that I’m creating for my little girl. If you have any questions, please only ask, I’m happy to be of help.

❀ Robyn xx


  1. Thanks for sharing Robyn, its really pretty! x

  2. wow ! what a great idea ! love this tag ! thanks for sharing !
    And thanks for your comment !