Chalk Attraction Technique Tutorial by Leigh Snaith-Brunton
Chalk Attraction Technique is perfect for those of you
who like to have instant results without a lot of work
or a lot of specialized supplies. I like to call this
technique Chalk Attraction because I think it best describes
what the technique is about but most of you probably
know it as Poppin' Pastels! This is definitely one of
my favourite techniques that is an oldie but a goodie
and I'm pleased to bring it back into the limelight
for you all today! Basically the technique involves
stamping an image with a clear Versamark Watermark ink
pad and the wet ink attracts the powdered chalk making
the stamped image pop out from the cardstock. It's quite
a versatile technique that can be adapted to suit any
of your projects and here's some examples of what you
can do with it!
Part 1 of the Chalk Attraction Technique Challenge:
Creating backgrounds is a snap with this fun technique.
It is so easy to do you can make a bunch of different
backgrounds with various images and in different colours
in a very short amount of time.
Stamp an image all over a sheet of white cardstock
with a Versmark Watermark ink pad. While the ink is
still wet randomly apply chalk to the stamped image
with a sponge Dauber.
Working fairly quickly apply more colours until you're
happy with the result. You don't have to rush the process
but it is
best to work while the ink is still damp. You can go
back over areas where chalk has already been applied
the original colours used or add other colours on top
of it. Fill in and brush over the entire background
with the lightest
colour used for a nice cohesive finish.
I used three shades of brown with touches of black
chalk on this background and finished by brushing the
edges with red chalk.
Part 2 of the Chalk Attraction Technique Challenge:
Colouring Stamped Images
Colouring an entire stamped design is another awesome
way to use the Chalk Attraction Technique!
and stamp a scene or a single image if you prefer with
a Versamark Watermark ink pad onto white cardstock.
For the purpose of the above photo I pre-inked my stamps
with black ink and rubbed most of it off so that it
stained my stamps and left a more visible impression
so that you could see what I've done better. This is
a neat little trick if you want to compose a scene and
find it hard to see the glossy clear Versamark ink.
The faint black ink doesn't effect the finished results
of the chalked image but you could use a different ink
that best matches your colour scheme if you prefer.
(The pencil is in the photo just so that my camera had
something to focus on).
There are many chalk application tools available like
Daubers for larger areas, Pudgy and Pixie Applicators
for small areas, Paper Blending Stumps and Fantastix
come in various sizes but if you don't have these on
hand then you can use eye shadow applicators and Q-Tips
Apply red chalk and light brown chalk to the image
with a small chalk applicator.
Apply more brown chalk in 2 darker shades to give the
Continue building up the image by applying more brown
chalk in various shades and also start applying black
chalk to create shadows. I also started to incorporate
red into the leaves at this point.
Use a tiny chalk applicator to apply black chalk to
the eye area on the bird.
Continue building up the image until you're happy with
Finish off the bird image by making the bird's eye
stand out against the chalk. Add detail with a black
ultra fine Sharpie marker and highlights with a white
Here's a tip on correcting mistakes! I also did a second
bird for my card and in the 2 photos to the left. I
demonstrated how easy it is to correct a mistake.
I applied too much black chalk to the bird's beak but
I fixed it easily with a Chalk A-Way Eraser! Fill in
the white areas left by the eraser with a light dusting
same colours used in the image with a Dauber chalk applicator.
Part 3 of the Chalk Attraction Technique Challenge:
Colouring Embossed Elements with Chalk.
these 4 photos I demonstrated how you can also use your
favourite die cutting and embossing products with the
Technique! In the first two photos I die cut and embossed
a Spellbinders Heart Circles die and applied just the
chalk to the hearts and also
chalked the eggs stamped with Versamark Watermark ink.
In the 3rd photo I applied just chalk to the Cuttlebug
'Victoria' embossed design to demonstrate a more subtle
chalk effect and in the 4th photo I applied the Versmark
Watermark ink to the embossed Cuttlebug 'Tiny Bubbles'and
applied chalk to it with a sponge dauber to achieve
a more striking effect.
Check out my Valentine's Day card called Let Love Take
Flight to see how I combined all of these various elements
into my design!
Leigh used Decorationg Chalks. We quit carrying the
large sets of those because they came to us damaged
from the supplier more often than not and the cases
break easily. We found that the Pebbles Chalks were
just as nice to work with with a much more durable case
for about the same cost.
Ink Pad. You may find other brands of watermark,
embossing inks work as well.
User's Choice. Leigh used a large variety, most of which
we carry. I also like to use a brush and pompoms, so
if you use chalks and have favorite tools, feel free
to go with what you know. The Fantastix are a nice addition.
Bird Illustrations Stamp Set. This set is available
untrimmed or on cling cushion.
Dies, Users's Choice. Leigh used Nestabilities
8 and Decorative
Elements Heart Circles