Thursday, January 28, 2010

Crayon Resist

I received so many wonderful comments about the Crayon Resist cards I made for the Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop, so I thought I'd put together a tutorial about it.  Here it is!

If you'd like to download a pdf copy of this tutorial, click HERE.

Technique Tutorial
Crayon Resist

Crayon Resist is a simple, but very effective technique that can be used with most stamp sets.  It's relatively easy and it can be used for creating one card, or multiples.  Can't beat that!

Whisper White card stock
Your desired stamp set
(I’ve used Happy Moments -
Sale-A-Bration 2010)
Stazon Black Ink Pad
Coloured classic inks
(I’ve used So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Mellow Moss)
White crayon (wax)
Stampin’ Sponges - cut into smaller pieces

Step One
Using Black Stazon ink, stamp your image/s onto the Whisper White cardstock. In this tutorial, I’ve created an entire sheet to use like Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Stazon is the best ink to use because it’s permanent and won’t smudge later when you’re blending your inks.

Step Two
Using a white wax crayon (water soluble crayons won’t give you the same effect), roughly colour the parts of your image that you want to remain white. 

Because white crayon doesn't show well in photos, here's a coloured example:

Step Three
Cut a Stampin’ Sponge into smaller pieces so you can use them for separate colours (it’s also more economical and easier to handle).

Ink your first piece of sponge with the ink pad you’re using first. I’m using So Saffron first as it’s the lightest of the three.

Step Four
Pick a spot to begin, and gently sponge the ink onto the card stock.  It's best to start gently so you can work out the best pressure to apply for the effect you're going for. 

For this project, I'm going to be applying 3 colours over the entire sheet.  For the first layer I'll be applying large "dots" of ink evenly across the page.  It's better to apply too little than too much, because you can always go back to apply more later.

NOTE: Please be aware of the card stock you're using.  Whisper White is fantastic for soaking up ink, so the effect you've created will subtly change as you're going.

This is what the first layer looks like:

Continue on with your inks to do the remaining layers. For my project I'm applying Baja Breeze for the second layer...

...then Mellow Moss for the third layer. I've left some white space so I can go back with each ink and even out the overall colour effect. I'm aiming for an even distribution of colours, so I don't want to end up with no room to move after applying the two darker inks.

Once you've finished evening out the colours, gently rub a tissue or piece of paper towel over the sheet to remove the ink that is sitting on top of the crayon.

Now you're ready to make your projects using your unique DSP.
Project Ideas:
Here are some cards I made using the Crayon Resist technique:

I hope you found this tutorial useful - I'd love to know what you think!  I'd also love to see any projects that are made using this technique - just leave a link to your blog with a note in the comments section.

You can also find this tutorial on Just Add Ink.



  1. Fantastic tutorial Danielle!! Your cards are just gorgeous too! That technique is a great one for getting heaps of cards made up quickly!


  2. Wonderful Technique Danielle, thanks so much for sharing. Your cards are just beautiful with your "homemade" DSP!!

  3. AWESOME tutorial Danielle!
    Love your cards, so pretty!

    Take Care,
    Kylie X

  4. Great tutorial Danielle ... very clear and easy to follow. Love your cards too, so very effective ... thank you for sharing!!!

  5. Wow, thank you Danielle! I can't wait to try it myself!

  6. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!

  7. thanks for the tutorial!! i am waiting for my stazon to arrive and then i am going to try this!
    It is so effective and very pretty, also getting the stamp set you used!!
    thanks for the inspiration!

  8. This is so simple and such a great workshop wow!
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  9. Danielle - a terrific and inspiring tutorial. If you have a moment, take a squiz at my new blog where I have uploaded some cards inspired by your choice of colours and stamps. Naturally I have acknowleged your inspiration and linked back to you. Cheers Jenn

  10. Of course it would help if I put in a link to my blog! Sorry, Jenn