Drunken Chalks

by Beate Johns

Use your chalk ink, metallic ink and some alcohol to make a cool looking background.


  • Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
  • Chalk Inks
  • Metallic Ink
  • Glossy White Cardstock
  • Matte Acrylic Sealer


  1. Step 1

    Take the lightest color of Chalk Ink and apply it directly to your Glossy White Cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Take your second color and apply it to the cardstock

  3. Step 3

    Repeat with your third color.

  4. Step 4

    Spray your cardstock with Rubbing Alcohol until your colors run. Make sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.

  5. Step 5

    Apply your Metallic Ink directly to the cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Spray your cardstock with rubbing alcohol again until your metallic ink runs.

  7. Step 7

    Seal your background with a Matte Acrylic Sealer and finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Drunken Chalks. 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 exactly is ink chalk and how is it different from our (SU!) chalk and inks?
Denise Carpenter  |  Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM
Wow! I am impressed!
I can't wait to try it. It is amazing how much information there is at splitcoaststampers.
Keep up the good work. I love your choice of colors. thank you
rosie k  |  Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 8:25 PM
This is gorgeous and looks super easy! Thank you! smile
Mommyrox  |  Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM
this is another winner.
where and what acrylic sealer do you use?
Is the fixative by Krylon the same stuff?
thank you for all your help.

rosie k  |  Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 5:50 PM
my chalk pad fell off the plastic, any ideas how
to reattach?
LORETTA  |  Tue Nov 4, 2008 at 7:47 PM
WOW, so many ideas, so little time!
Do you have to seal it with the sealer? What would be the reason for the sealer? We cannot purchase sealer here, or at least I have never seen it here, so do you think I can do it without?
CRAFTY-LIZ  |  Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 6:45 AM
Lovely. I have a lot of chalk inks and like to have new ways to use them. I also like the soft, vintage look you achieved. Thanks for sharing this technique.
stampinhoosier  |  Sun Oct 4, 2009 at 9:34 PM
Did you seal it before or after you used the BG script stamp? In other words, can you stamp images on top of the sealer?
nina  |  Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 2:56 PM
A friend demo'd this at stamp club and said she didn't use the sealer on hers. Mine doesn't seem to be drying; the metallic (pigment) pad was very gooey. I'm thinking that the metallic pigment on glossy won't dry properly?
Susan King  |  Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 3:09 PM

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