Tutorial Tuesday: Add Chalks to Your Flower Diecuts


Diecuts are the rage right now.  Local stores cut them out on their Pazzle machines.  Scrapbookers cut them out with their Cricut, and stampers cut them out with Sissix diecut templates.  Today, there is a wide variety of ways to create diecuts.

Last week we learned to add highlights to dark green holly leaves by using green chalks.  This week we will take things a step further by using a variety of chalk colours to create depth and interest.  Although this tutorial is specific to flowers, it can be used on any diecut design.


Supplies:  Diecuts, chalk and Q-tips


Take a coordinating dark shade of colour and add chalk by starting in the centre and pulling short little strokes in the direction that the flower would grow.  If you choose a darker shade in the same colour as your diecut, you will not get significant contrasting shades.


Add a medium shade of chalk in a second coordinating colour and lightly move your Q-tip in a circular motion, pulling the colour towards the tip of the flower.


Add yellow to the centre of your flower.  Once finished you can spray your diecut with a matt spray or hairspray in a well ventilated area.


For the purple-blue flower, I added a dark shade of purple onto the petals and then sporadically added a pink here and there over top of the purple chalk.  Stickles were added.

Flowerpot Template tutorials

Tutorial for this flowerpot pocket card can be found on Stephanie Luman’s blog.

Amy Celona’s tutorial, accordian style

Card stand PDF file for flowerpot card by Janelle

3-D Paper Flowers in Flowerpot

Kristine’s Magnolia girl sitting among the flowers

Splitcoast Stampers Gallery of Flowerpot cards

Stamps:  Sentiment, Odd Bird Planet; Crackle, Stampin’ Up; Ribbon, Costco; Diecuts, Stampin’ Up, Sissix

For a complete list of my tutorials, click on the Tutorial tab at the top of the page.

Posted on : Jun 08 2009
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8 People have left comments on this post

Jun 8, 2009 - 04:06:57
Kim H said:

WOW that chalk adds so much much to the flowers! GORGEOUS! I always forget to use my chalks! LOVE the shape of this card too!

Jun 8, 2009 - 08:06:26
Danni said:

This is so pretty! I tend to forget about my chalks too…thanks for the reminder!

Jun 8, 2009 - 09:06:22
Cheryl M said:

Really does make them standout! Great job with them Beth.

Jun 8, 2009 - 11:06:37
Ila said:

Gorgeous card and flowers!!….I must start using my chalks again…they sure look great on these flowers!!

Jun 9, 2009 - 07:06:35
Viv said:

Great use of chalks Beth and I thank you for pointing us in the right direction to enable us to see how to create from your tutorials.
Viv xxx

Jun 9, 2009 - 03:06:41
beth said:

Hey GF all I can say is awesome those flowers really pop with those chalks have some new flower nestabilities tomorrow so I will be breaking it in on this project I have been wanting to do one of those flowerpot cards they are just so cute.

Jun 10, 2009 - 01:06:26
Maria said:

Hey Beth! Awesome job on your flowerpot pocket card!! I’ve never tried this card project. . thanks for sharing the links to the tutorials! Looks like a fun card. I love the shading you did on your die-cuts! It really adds dimensions to the flowers! Very pretty!!


Jun 11, 2009 - 03:06:46
Yvonne said:

Wow, great effect with the chalks! Never tried that before.

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