Paper Tearing and Chalking Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a tutorial  on a few basic paper tearing and chalking techniques.  I actually learned this paper tearing technique from a scrapbooking demonstration that I attended on a Royal Caribbean Cruise years ago.   The chalking was something else I’ve learned on my own.  What a great vacation, huh?  Sun, food and scrapping!
Tutorial on how tear paper and add chalk for enhancements. Cute Mermaid Card made with Cricut.

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Chalk is subtle way enhance a project.   You can add more or less chalk by simply blending the color with a cotton ball or applicator unlike if you were to use ink pads.

Paper Tearing and  Chalking Tutorial
Supplies Used to make this card:
*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
How to Tear Paper  to make waves
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.
Paper Tearing and Chalking Tutorial to make waves
Using a cotton ball, choose a color you want to chalk with and cover the white torn edges as desired .
Paper Tearing and Chalking Tutorial to make 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.
Layer and adhere the waves on your card. Remember you’re making waves, they’re suppose to look uneven.  For more added texture, I embossed a layer with a swirl embossing folder.
Mermaid enhanced with chalking
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.
Cricut Mermaid enhanced with chalking tutorial
So here she is…….enhanced with a sun-kissed tan and flowing blonde hair. I mean she is a Mermaid!
Click to view a  few more examples of paper tearing & chalking:


  1. says

    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!!!! :)

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