Chalkboard Marker Magic

by Melissa Banbury

Create a color pop on black cardstock using alcohol markers.


  • Black cardstock

  • Solid image stamp (Stampin' Up! World of Dreams set used here

  • Embossing ink (Versamark used here)

  • White embossing powder

  • Heat gun

  • Alcohol markers (Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities used here)

  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (die cuts used here)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of black cardstock to the desired size of the project.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp a solid image onto the cardstock using embossing ink.

  3. Step 3

    Cover the image with white embossing powder and set with a heat gun.

  4. Step 4

    Color the embossed image using alcohol markers. In most cases work with the lightest color first, then choose progressively darker colors to add shade and depth, as when coloring an open image.

  5. Step 5

    Use the colored panel to complete a card.


Your Turn

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

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

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

Loved your card. Cant wait to try it.
Rose Ann Socha  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 4:26 AM
Coloring on top of embossing powder with an alcohol marker will ruin your marker.

Denatured alcohol, the main component of the marker is the ingredient used to remove heat-activated powder.
Ariane  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 5:51 AM
Enjoyed the tutorial. Look forward to seeing more. Thank you.
Brenda (LadyofCards)  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 7:50 AM
Thank you for the wonderful video. It was magic the way you colored the nest.
kab  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 8:31 AM
Melissa, thank you for a wonderful tutorial today! It's a beautiful card, and the black background is stunning with the coloring! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 9:10 AM
Thanks Ariane! I did some reading on this, and apparently it's the pigment of colored embossing powders that may react with the alcohol, rather than the plastic. If you're concerned about coloring over the white embossing, try stamping with white craft or pigment ink and then embossing with clear powder. I used white powder and a light touch while coloring and didn't have any issues with my marker tips.
dina  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
hope  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Great tutorial (as always) cant wait to try this. Would it work with water based markers or gelatos ?
Maybe I'll try it and let you know
Sue Skane  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 4:52 PM
Loved this tutorial - will give it a try once I have some alcohol markers. Thanks Melissa.
Janet Bedel  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 5:42 PM
What a great idea! I will give it a go. Thanks for sharing, your video was excellent.
Cindy Gilfillan  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM
Such an outstanding use of a solid stamp--and beautiful results too!! TFS!!
Laurie Eldridge  |  Wed May 27, 2015 at 9:47 PM
What a great card, really easy to follow along with the tutorial
Brenda Eury  |  Sun May 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM
Loved the chalkboard card & tried it, it works great & didn't seem to hurt my marker. Also I find the video tutorials are better & easier to understand than the ones with words & pictures.
Barbra Mills  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 8:37 AM
Great Barbra! Everyone learns differently, so we're happy to be able to present the tutorials in these different formats.
dina  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 8:54 AM
thank you for sharing.
Margaret Johnson  |  Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 10:11 PM

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