by Amy Rohl

Create a chalkboard look.


  • Embossing buddy

  • Black card stock

  • Versamark ink or other watermark ink

  • Heat gun

  • Stamps, My Favorite Things Life's Directions used here

  • White embossing powder

  • White pigment ink (optional)

  • White colored pencils (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Swipe the embossing buddy across your black cardstock to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking to unstamped areas.

  2. Step 2

    Arrange your stamps in a desired pattern and stamp each in Versamark ink.

  3. Step 3

    Sprinkle white embossing powder over stamped areas and shake off excess.

  4. Step 4

    Heat embossing powder with a heat gun to set the powder.

  5. Step 5

    Add details (such as a border or other doodles) with colored pencils.

  6. Step 6

    Use a paper towel or sponge to blend white pigment ink in the corners and around sentiments to resemble chalk dust.

    Practice this step on a scrap of black card stock first to get your desired depth of color.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card using your chalkboard layer.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Chalkboard. 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.

I really LOVED the chalkboard card! I was wondering where you got the rooster and saying stamp.
Thanks, Amber
Amber Heap  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM
I love your card and this great tutorial. I have been wanting to try this technique for awhile now. I can see though that I might have trouble with the chalkboard chalk dust recreation (LOL) as I seem to have trouble with an untidy look, I'm looking for a damp cloth as we speak.
Barbara Brenneman  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM
This is so cute! Great way to use up some of my black card stock. Thank you for the inspiration!
Sharon Huffman  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM
OMGoodness, super-cute! Can't wait to try!
Kristin Phillips  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Amber - the stamp set is from My Favorite Things and it's called Life's Direction.

Amy Rohl  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Barbara B. - just keep experimenting with the chalk dust part, and remember, less is more! wink

Amy Rohl  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM
That was so simple but so effected TFS.
Margaret Jenks  |  Thu Oct 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM
VERY CUTE 👍🏼♥️♥️ Thanks For Sharing!! I LOVE the rustic look! Or CAN be BE versatile! WOULD MAKE CUTE pictures 👍🏼G-d♥️Bless
imacraftr510  |  Fri May 1, 2020 at 7:05 PM

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