Paper Tearing & Chalking Tutorial...

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for The Paper Variety on a few basic techniques that I use for paper tearing and chalking.

What I like about chalk is it easily adds a subtle enhancement. You can add more or less by simply blending the color with a cotton ball or applicator unlike using ink pads. .

Mermaid Card made from tearing and chalking paper

Mermaid Card

I actually learned this paper tear technique from a scrapbooking demonstration that I attended on a Royal Caribbean Cruise years ago. The chalking was something else I've added.What a great vacation, huh? Sun, food and scrapping!

Paper Tearing and Chalking Tutorial

To make this card you will need:

*Cotton Balls and eyeshadow applicators (I just use cheap dollar store applicators).
* White Card Base
* 3- 1 inch white-core cardstock strips in blue tones for ocean colors.
*Die-cut with a body or face that can be enhanced with chalk. I used the Mermaid cut from
Life's a Beach cartridge.
* Stamped sentiment from K. Andrew Designs.

How to tear paper
When you tear paper you either want to tear towards you or away from you. In this example, I'm tearing towards me because I want to see the white core. If you tear away from you, you'll still see the rough edge but not the white core.

How to Chalk Paper

Using a cotton ball, choose a color you want to chalk with and cover the white torn edges as desired .

Torn Paper Waves

Using your cotton ball again, chalk the white background of the card in a circular motion to make the look of clouds or sky.

Stack and attach the waves to your card. Remember you're making waves, they're suppose to look uneven.

Paper Tearing and Chalking Tutorial

Now I want to add a little bit of color to my Mermaid.  Using an applicator, I added some pink to her cheeks, a little bit of tan to her skin and some yellow highlights in her hair. For detailed chalking, I like to use an applicator and blend with a cotton ball if needed.

So here she is.......enhanced with a sun-kissed tan and flowing blonde hair. I mean she is a Mermaid!

Here are a few more examples of paper tearing & chalking:

Add layered torn pattern paper to cards
and use chalk as desired

Use torn paper and chalk to make unique borders and  embellishments on layouts.

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  1. Everything looks so great...You make me want to run out and buy chalk!

  2. Love all of your projects!! Aweasome Job! Thanks for playing along with CTO!!

  3. Very pretty projects, thanks for playing @ CTO!

  4. Great projects- love that mermaid card! Thanks for playing at CTO this week!
    Amy's Crafting Space
    Celebrate The Occasion Design Team Member

  5. These are adorable! TFS
    Miranda :)

  6. Awesome tutorial, Holly!! I have that same case of chalk and never think to use it...I just seem to grab inks. Thanks for reminding me how fabulous the chalk looks!! And of course I LOVE the mermaid card!! :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Very cute cards. Love all the detail you put into it.

  8. cute. Thanks for joining us at CTS

  9. Your mermaid is too cute! love the paper tearing!
    Thanks for joining us at Cardz Tv:)

  10. Cute card, thanks for joining CCC!

  11. So cute, love the pretty pink flower in her hair! Thanks for joining us @ CTO for our "Thinking of You" challenge :)

  12. Lovely job!!! You certainly have the tearing and chalking techniqes down! I am going to have to try this... the colors are so fun and uplifting..I love love love these cards.

  13. She is so cute! Thanks for joining us over at Cardz TV

  14. Wow! Everything looks awesome. Thanks for the tutorial too. Thank you so much for joining us over at Cardz TV Stamps “Anything Goes” Challenge. Hope to see you again.


  15. These are fantastic!! I so love the tearing and chalking. I still use my chalks some, but now I want to use them even more. Love the mermaid and those boots on the other card. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Cardz TV!!!! :)

  16. She is fabulous! Your torn paper waves and embossing are wonderful touches!
    Thanks for joining CTO this week

  17. Thanks for joining us at CTO this week.

  18. Hi Holly you did a great job with the mermaid I struggled so when I tried this cut. Thanks so much for joining Cardz TV challenge. Karen

  19. Holly! This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! i saw it on fccb and its soooo super cute!
    Your newest follower,
    ♥ Cyndy

  20. Beautiful card...awesome tutorial! I also wanted to say congratulations to you on your FCCB DT spot! I am excited to be on the team with you! I am a new follower of yours also:)
    Sherrie K

  21. Holly, congrats on the DT call at FCCB. I am on the team as well and look forward to working with you.

  22. Gorgeous card and really fab papers!!!!Thanks for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog last week. We have a new challenge up so please pop over and join in the fun.


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