After reading these chalking tips, you may wonder how you ever scrapbooked without them. When using chalks, you can create faux finishes, leather like backgrounds, add an antiqued look, or decorate clip art images and bring everything together in you layout. You don't have to limit your designs to backgrounds, blocks or accents. You can even use them to add flair directly to you photos. Once you master the basics, you will enjoy adding some new twists and techniques to the old classics.
Chalk mocking: Rusty shapes are not always a great accent on your pages. You can create the illusion of a rusty shape by shading your accents with chalk them mounting them with a pop dot.
Perspective building: use cutting and shading to give cardstock blocks a three dimensional appearance. Apply chalk shadows to two sides of the block.
Marbling: Chalk and water are all you need to create a beautiful background. Fill in a shallow pan with ½" water and scrape 2-3 colors onto the surface. Stir it once and drop a piece of cardstock onto the water. Remove it immediately and lay flat to dry.
Reverse Chalking: Apply chalk to you background. Using an eraser, remove some of the color. This is a perfect way to create a plaid design for your backgrounds.
Lettering: Color the insides of your lettering templates to create a soft shaded title.
Don't limit yourself to simple cardstocks. Use chalks on dry embossed papers by rubbing chalk on the raised image. Apply chalk to crumbled vellum, color on heat embossed images on dark colored papers. Be creative and try different things with chalks. Add a little color to your favorite black and white photos. Mixing and matching these techniques will add dimension and character to all your pages.
Scrapbooking by Close To My Heart Consultant Marcy Larsen . Scrapbook Layouts, stamping techniques and more at marcylarsen.com.