Technique Tuesday - Chalk Marbled Background

This is a new technique for me. The first time I tried it I didn't swirl the chalk enough, and it came out spotted chalk background...LOL! I still might use it, but not for this one. This 6 x 6 layout was created by Theresa Woolworth, CTMH Independent consultant for a swap we participated in with other consultants. This technique is another great way to use your chalks and it very easy to do. Here are the directions:

Chalked Marbled Background

Put about an inch of water into a pan slightly bigger than your cardstock. With a knife, scrape chalk dust off one or more colors onto the surface of the water. Using a knife make swirls in the water (don't over swirl or you will lose the marbled effect). Lower the paper flat onto the surface of the water to pick up the color, immediately lifting the cardstock back out of the water. Allow the cardstock to dry flat on paper towels. If your paper develops puckers, it can be ironed to flatten it. You can even press the paper between heavy books to flatten it.

Here is a card that I made with using this technique. I didn't use many layers, so I wouldn't cover up the marbled background. Go ahead....try this at home!

Supplies: cardstock - blush, white daisy, hollyhock; ink - blush, hollyhock, garden green; stamp sets - Happy Birthday, Cherish; accessories - Paper Crafts brads, American Crafts grosgrain ribbon, chalk.

Happy Stamping!
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Connie said...

I like this technique and really like the way you used it on the card

----- Alison Mewer Cowan ----- said...

WOW! That's beautiful! Thanks for the clear directions - I'm sure I'll try this tonight!

Melissas said...

Very cool effect! thanks for sharing :) Did you have to do anything to "set" the chalk after the cardstock dries?

Clearly Inspired said...


I didn't do anything to set the chalk. Good question!

twmaxmom said...

Kim - thanks for posting my technique on your blog. Chalk Marbling is a lot of fun and you never get two pieces that look alike. And WOW! your card is beautiful. Theresa