Altered Clipboard

by Beate Johns

Turn an ordinary clipboard into a work of art and a perfect gift!


  • Clipboard
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft Ink
  • Mod Podge™ [ buy it ]
  • Designer Paper
  • Ribbon and other accessories to decorate
  • Bigger stamps
  • Penny
  • Foam Brush


  1. Step 1

    Pour some acrylic paint on your clipboard.

  2. Step 2

    Start brushing the paint all over your board with your foam brush.

  3. Continue until you have an even layer of color. Add more ink if neccessary. Use your penny to keep the the clip open so you can color underneath.

  4. Step 3

    Make sure your acrylic paint is all dry before proceeding. Stamp your images with craft ink.

    Variation: Ink up your stamp with foam brush and acrylic paint instead.

  5. Step 4

    Continue to add images to your clipboard.

  6. Step 5

    After your ink has dried, attach designer paper to the bottom of the clipboard. I used Mod Podge™ for that. Trim the corners with scissors.

    Variation: Stamp your paper before proceeding to step six.

  7. Step 6

    Add a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire board and allow it to dry. If it remains sticky, spray the board with acrylic sealer.

    Variation: Don't apply Mod Podge™. Spray acrylic sealer over the board instead.

  8. Step 7

    Finish by decorating your clipboard with ribbons, hodgepodge hardware and/or other accessories.


    No Paint
    Cover your clipboard completely with designer paper.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Altered Clipboard. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love this idea & can't wait to try it out! It doesn't look hard to do & Ilike the way you can personalise it maybe by stamping the persons name on it! Thanks for sharing - I'm enjoying all your idea's!
Sunshine, NZ
Sunshine  |  Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 3:37 PM
I think I found what I going to do for my daughter's preschool teachers this year. Thank you.
Ginger Payne  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 9:47 AM
Fantástico, gracias por compartir.
Monika  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 12:17 PM
Iris Brown  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 4:45 PM
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Tonya  |  Sun Jun 1, 2008 at 5:53 PM
I love the idea. I have done a small clipboard using stripes of different patterned paper and ribbons. I like adding stamping to it. I belong to a Stampin' Up cardmaking group and I want to utilize this idea when it is my turn to do a make-n-take. I will experiment with your technique.
Thanks, Nancy
stamping nancy  |  Mon Jun 2, 2008 at 8:07 AM
Penny? How do I use the penny to hold open the clip board? I just can't figure it out.
Beth Mattson  |  Wed Jun 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM
Love your wonderful tutorial....can you please tell me if you have ever added a photo or two onto the clipboard and then used the Mod Podge over top of that to seal it? Was wondering if the Mod Podge altered the phot any?
Thanks for sharing
Diane S  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 8:00 PM
i love this idea! yours looks great! i will have to try it..
kacey  |  Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 7:13 AM
I don't know If I said it already but ...Great site...keep up the good work. smile I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I'm glad I found your blog. Thanks, smile

A definite great read..Jim Bean
JimmyBean  |  Thu Oct 1, 2009 at 1:00 AM
I loved the idea, but after the paint and stamped image dried... I went to use the "mod podge" and it smeared the stamped image.... was disappointed.....
Maria  |  Sun Oct 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM
I am loving this. Just bought the Mod Podge the other day.
Des  |  Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 6:59 PM

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