Checkerboard Flooring

by Irene Rhodes

Create a checkerboard floor for your stamped scene.


  • Cardstock

  • Fine black pen (.3 Black Copic multi liner used here)

  • Black marker (Copic marker used here)

  • Ruler (quilter’s ruler used here)

  • Stamps and/or other embellishments as needed to complete a scene


  1. Step 1

    Draw a horizontal line 2” up from the bottom of the cardstock. This will be the top of the floor.

  2. Step 2

    Place the ruler perpendicular to the first line and just to the left of the center. Slightly angle the bottom of the ruler 1/16“ to the left and draw a line.

  3. Step 3

    Move the ruler approximately 3/8” to the left, and angle the ruler again to about 1/2" from the bottom of the previous line. Draw another line.

    The lines do not need to be exact. If you struggle to space them correctly, click here for a helpful downloadable template.

  4. Step 4

    Continue making lines in the remaining space, keeping the lines approximately the same width apart, 3/8” apart on the top of the floor and 1/2" apart at the bottom.

  5. Step 5

    To finish the other side, turn the cardstock upside down. Place the ruler approximately 3/8” to the left of the first line, this time angling the top of the ruler 1/16” to the left, making your line wider at the bottom of the floor. Draw a line.

  6. Step 6

    Continue making lines in the remaining area, spacing them as before.

  7. Step 7

    Now it is time to finish the tiles. Draw the first line 1/4" down from the top of the floor.

  8. Step 8

    Continue drawing lines, adding about 1/16” to the width between each consecutive line. This makes the tiles wider at the bottom of the floor than at the top.

    If there is a small line at the bottom of the floor, trim this part off before assembling the finished project.

  9. Step 9

    Color in alternating tiles with a black marker to create a checkerboard pattern.

  10. Step 10

    Assemble and complete the project.



  1. Wood Flooring:
    Stagger horizontal lines to simulate boards. Stamp with a wood grain background. Draw 2 faux nails at the end of each board, if desired.

  2. Sidewalk:
    Create a sidewalk by decreasing the height of the first horizontal line and increasing the width of the vertical lines. Only 2-3 vertical lines are needed.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Checkerboard Flooring. 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 have tried this on my own but couldn't quite get it right. This tutorial is great and makes it very do-able. THANK YOU! smile Can you make another video on how to create a path from the front to back of the card and vice-versa? As well, how to do various roads?
Gabby  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 3:50 AM
Super tutorial, Irene. Very informative. Your tiles look great on your card.
Benzi  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 5:10 AM
Thank you, I am glad you showed both right and left handed versions.. Everyone benefits. Thanks again, the mystery is solved.
Nina Williams  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 5:36 AM
Oh, wow, I must try this! Thanks for the great tutorial!
leslie  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 5:46 AM
Wow, can't wait to try this, where is that stamp from???
Cheri Johnston  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 6:20 AM
What a wonderful tutorial. Great video and even though I'm a right hander, it was good to see the left hander version of the process.

I have a question - once you start the 'vertical' lines from the center are the subsequent lines parallel to that one? It appears that way to me.
kab  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 6:58 AM
Funny-I just made a project with a checkerboard I know how to make my own! Thanks! Great tutorial--both way's Left and Right! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM
Kab, No.. I thought the same thing when I was trying to figure out how to put my flooring process into words.. Since the lines are wider at the bottom, it just doesn't work.
Irene  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM
Cheri Johnston, If you are referring to the Pizza Guy, he is Luigi from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.
Irene  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM
I am right handed & was wondering if I could do as well as you did with my non-dominate hand. Thanks for making this look so easy.
Donna Urban  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM
Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Trudie Vick  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM
This is a great tutorial. I love that you also explained how to make wood floorboards and sidewalks. Thank you. I can't wait to try it out.
Jacqui  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I am loving this tutorial! Very clear instructions and demonstration of the process. I really appreciate the additional photos to adapt this technique to wood flooring and a sidewalk. On top of that, I love the subject matter of the chef and the pirate! Very much looking forward to more of your tutorials...I find learning from you to be quite easy. Thank you!
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM
Oh, Irene, this is a fabulous tutorial, and it's so nice to hear your voice! How nice to show left and right! (I'm a lefty, so I appreciate that!) What a darling card too with the chef and his pizza! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM
As always this site has the easiest tutorials to understand. The instructions are concise and so easy to follow. Bountiful hugs to all concerned
Pam Shield  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM
What a terrific tutorial! I will refer to it often!
Margot  |  Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Awesome tutorial!
Charity Chamberlain  |  Thu Apr 3, 2014 at 2:07 AM
How fun is this! Thanks for the great instructions : )
Shelly Schmidt  |  Thu Apr 3, 2014 at 6:42 AM
I have to try this, great tutorial.
debbie horve  |  Thu Apr 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM
Wow! It really works and looks great. Thanks for a helpful tutorial. smile
Kari Beneck  |  Fri Apr 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

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