Hello Wednesday! Today’s workdesk finds me working on this month’s Tim Holtz tag.


This time around he had a faux chalk drawing technique. It involves embossing a stamped image and then rubbing over the embossing with chalk.


I couldn’t find the brand he called for, but I figured Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder would do the trick.


As you can see, the more detailed the image, the more muddy the design. The good news is that I finally got around to using this stamp and die set. 🙂


If your stamped image is more of an outline, that works much better. If it looks like it could have been drawn with chalk, then great!


I’m not super thrilled with the look, and I hate having chalk dust all over my desk. Grit, ugh. 

However, I thought I’d make the best of these cute snowmen and gave them some color with red & green stickles and Picket Fence Distress Stickles.


So that’s what’s on my workdesk today.  It’s all part of a massive weekly blog hop where we take a look at the work spaces of other creative folks from all over the world.  Sometimes neat, sometimes messy, often inspiring and always fun.  Join us if you have a little time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

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27 thoughts on “WOYWW – Chalk Drawing Christmas Card

  1. I really like the technique. This is what I love about WOYWW, we get to see lots of cool things..Happy Crafting De De #15

  2. I was on Tim Holtz blog the other day and saw this technique and thought that it looked great! I think your card looks wonderful!! Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #10

  3. Hey that is amazing, I have not tried this technique yet but might give it ago. Love the extra color you have used it really lifts the card and finishes it off perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW & Happy Creating
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 1

    1. Thanks, Eliza. I thought the color might look out of place, but just couldn’t leave it so plain. It seems to have worked out well. 🙂

  4. Those little snowmen look lovely and I think you made this technique work well in the end, especially with those ‘pops’ of colour; really festive! Mind you, I don’t think I’d like chalk all over the place either. Something about chalk makes me feel really weird and shivery – can’t explain, it’s just the feel of it on my finger tips! Julie Ann xx #29

  5. Good morning.
    You’ve done a good job with the technique. I’ve not tried it yet.
    Hope you have a good week too.

  6. I get it Sandy..grit. And actually, the non control of the whole chalk thing. But it does look pretty good! Love the colourful accents you gave it. So after all the chalking, do you have to seal it in some way or just it does stay put..will trip over to THs and have a look, save you answering the obvious!

    1. Julia, here’s what Tim has to say:

      if you wipe over these tags with a cloth vs. your hand, most of the chalk will be removed so just use your hands. also, this is a chalkboard look we’re going for and just like a chalkboard, you cannot seal it with anything or it will compromise the finish. you can still make a card, mail a card, scrapbook with this, etc. the chalk won’t rub off entirely simply by touching it so don’t worry.

      And, yes, I can attest that if you wipe over it with a cloth (me trying to neaten it up) it will remove nearly all of your chalk. ===sigh===

  7. Tim is so creative! But as usual, I like your rendition better. Just a little bit of color gives the impression of snowmen at night. I love that they’re hugging. 😀

  8. I really never got in to chalks because of the whole mess thing and having to seal everything, so I understand that you’re not terribly keen on the technique. The snowmen do look cool though (no pun intended, lol!) and I like them with a little colour added.

    Brenda 63

  9. Sandy, I love the chalk effect especailly on the butterflies, they are gorgeous. I too dislike chalk all over my desk, especially as I am hopeless with it.
    And I love your organised desk, with all those bits at your fingertips behind the desk.
    Chris #59

  10. Love the snowman! LOVE the snowman! Did I say I loved it! LOL. Your pop’s of color really set it off. Going now to look at your link.

    Have a wonderful week Sandy. Hugs, Robin #76

  11. I had to go check out Tim’s tag because I like to see what he’s up to even if I don’t dare try it myself. I thought his tag looked too simple for Tim yet I see he manged to get a million steps in there before the completed project. I like his take on the whole chalkboard thing and I think you did very well copying it. Indeed, the larger outline stamp looks much better with this technique than the ornate stuff. It’s neat that you gave it all sorts of tries.

    1. Thanks, Judy. It was one of the times when I decided to just play a little, rather than straining to get something else done.

  12. what an interesting technique! I quite like how the faux chalk projects turned out! Although I wouldn’t like chalk dust either. My desk is messy enough as it is! Thank you for visiting me! I really appreciate your encouragement!

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