Crinkled Chalk

by Beate Johns

Take your chalk inks and Saran Wrap and create a beautiful background.


  • Matte Cardstock
  • Chalk Inks
  • Saran Wrap®


  1. Step 1

    Take a piece of Saran Wrap™and bunch it up. Ink it up with a light chalk ink .

  2. Step 2

    Dab the inked up Saran Wrap™ all over the cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Ink up your Saran Wrap™ with a different, slightly darker color and go over your cardstock again.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat step two with an even darker color.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp an image on your background or use as is. Finish your card.


    Alternate Inks
    Try the same with classic ink pads instead of chalk ink.

    Experiment with Colors
    Try it on colored cardstock.

Your Turn

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

Are chalk inks the same/different from chalk pastels? If different, where do you get them?
Thanks for your time. -Diana
Diana Upton  |  Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 11:18 PM
Wow! That is such a cute idea! I love all of your ideas! I can't believe that you don't have more comments/Thank yous! I can't wait to try this, but sadly the Easter Bunny used all of my Saran Wrap! Can wait to go to the store!
Thanks for sharing!
GRKIDDO  |  Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 4:54 PM
Same question. What is the chalk ink? Would it work with just ink? Or just chalk?

Thats a really cute card, and it looks so easy! I can't believe how much I'm learning from this website! Its amazing! =)
Skylin  |  Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 4:33 AM
Love your site! This looks like something I can use on altered books. Again would any other color medium work or does it have to be chalk ink?
Trudy  |  Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 7:37 PM
Chalk inks are hybrid inks. They give your image a soft chalked look.

You can use regular ink as well. That technique is simply called Saran Wrap technique.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 4:22 AM
I love that look! I have some chalk inks but what is Saran Wrap? I've never heard of it but it looks like tissue paper?
Ann  |  Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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