Chalkboard Technique

by Beate Johns

Use White craft ink and Chalks to highlight images on dark cardstock.


  • White Craft ink

  • Chalks

  • Sponge Daubers, Q-tips™ or other applicator for chalks

  • dark cardstock

  • Swiffer™ towel or other paper towel


  1. Step 1

    Ink a solid image stamp with white pigment ink and stamp on dark cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Twist a sponge dauber in the chalk color of choice and dab it over the stamped image.
    I did not wait for the ink to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Continue to add colors to the stamped image until all ink is covered in chalk.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully wipe image with a Swiffer™ towel to remove excess chalk.

  5. Step 5

    Finished card.

    The chalk seems to stick to the ink very well, so a sealant is optional.


    Basic Chalkboard look
    Use black cardstock for your base for a true chalkboard look.

    Pencils work too!
    Stamp an image in white pigment ink and let dry. Then color over image with colored pencils.

Your Turn

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

What is the best way to seal projects using pastels? Just aerosol hairspray or is there something specifically for this.
Beth Mattson  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:01 AM
That is awesome. But what is a swiffer towel?
Karen  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:09 AM
Your card is beautiful! I will definitely try this technique. In response to Beth's question, I did not know that you could use aerosol hairspray to seal the chalk. I bought a craft sealer at Michaels which seems to work fine. I love using the chalks. I actually like them better tan inks.
Sandy Hansen  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:16 AM
What a beauty, Beate!! Thanks for this tutorial, and great inspiration!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:18 AM
Thanks Beate, great inspiration , keep them coming .
Cecile  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:27 AM
Thanks for another great Toot. Love your beautiful card!
Mary Ann (mastamper)  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:29 AM
This is just gorgeous Beate!
Sue  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM
This is a beautiful technique and your card is absolutely gorgeous !!! Thanks again, Beate !!!
corinne  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 9:35 AM
Karen, a Swiffer towel is just a Swiffer sheet, just a Swiffer brand sweeper sheet that is not attached to the Swiffer handle.

Do you let the ink dry before applying the chalks?
Lacey  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM
I would also like to know if you let the ink try before using chalks.
Sandy  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I don't seal my chalks with this technique. They stay put pretty well. For other chalk techniques I use a matte acrylic sealer. I buy mine at Walmart.

Lacey and Sandy,
I did NOT let the ink dry. I am impatient. Just dab over your wet ink with the sponge dauber.
beate  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM
Thanks, Beatte! I was literally just thinking that I needed a way to start using my pastels!
Lucy  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 10:51 AM
I am so excited to see this! What a great idea! I can't wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for all you do, Beate! smile
Jennifer Buck  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 11:04 AM
It's a keeper for my gals and me. Thankyou very much for the very pretty card idea.
Gloria Foxworthy  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 11:05 AM
great card for most occasions. it's a keeper in my folder for any occasion.
Kat White  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 12:11 PM
Beautiful Card!! I love having lots of ideas for pastels...this is a great one! Thank you!!
Anne Browne  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 1:18 PM
i tried doing this last year with pencils, for the halloween card swap and it came out great! i love the look you got with the chalks! i`m gonna have to try it! thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

karen adams
karen adams  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM
Hi, I lkove the card and the technique. I will use that to show my downline at our meeting in March. I am always looking for good new ideas to teach, and yours is beautiful. Happy Stamping. Margaret
Margaret Goodfellow  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM
Great idea!! I´ll try it!

Biggan  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 2:23 PM
You can seal your chalks, pastels, pencil, and watercolor work with "Workable Fixatif" a Krylon product. Just follow the directions on the back and work in a ventilated area.
Kay Goodman  |  Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 3:20 PM

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