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Coloring on Black Cardstock


Hi All!

For both of my videos this week, I have BRIGHT colors. Today’s card uses Chalkola markers. I sometimes get emails from companies who want me to use their products. They offer to send them for free, and I can “try them out” to see if I like them. These markers fall into that category. I’m always hesitant to accept products in this way, because I will only use products I genuinely like in my videos. But, with these markers, I was really intrigued.

They are fluid chalk in a paint-pen type of marker. They are nonpermanent on porous surfaces (similar to a write-on-wipe-off marker), but they are permanent on paper. The best thing about them is how opaque they are. It’s hard to get good color on black cardstock, even with pigment inks. The best way I’ve found until these markers was Derwent Coloursoft pencils, but the Chalkola markers are brighter and easier to use. And even better, they are fairly inexpensive. Here is a close-up:


Enjoy the video. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Chalkola Markers
Chalkola Markers
Garden in Bloom
Garden in Bloom
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy
Embossing Buddy
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Corner Chomper
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card Darlene. So vibrant!

  2. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    WOW; I am astonished at the bright color! Beautiful card!

  3. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Carol B

    Oh Darlene, love this card, those marker really shine on black.

  4. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Love the layout and the colors! Beautiful card.

  5. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 3:16 pm


    What a great tutorial..I will have to order these Darlene…I love using black, especially Stampin’ Up! black cardstock…it has a good weight to it.
    Thanks for showing these new chalk colors.

  6. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    mary w

    Love the colors AND the card AND the sentiments. So pretty and sweet.

  7. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


    One of the many things I love about you Darlene is that you are constantly introducing new techniques and products for us to try, this is just great. I’ve never heard of this markers, I’ve heard of chalk pastels but those are dry, this are like a thick paint in marker form and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful, those little flowers on your card look lovely. Thank you so much for sharing this new product with us.

  8. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 5:21 pm


    Love the bright colours on the black. An all round gorgeous card.

  9. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 5:44 pm


    What a bright happy card! These markers really are great!

  10. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    Love it Darlene. Love the vibrant colours you chose. I would like to see a comparison with other card stock. Eg perhaps white. I will have to check if they are available in Australia. Thanks again for a wonderful video.

  11. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 6:32 pm


    Very nice, Darlene! Thank you for sharing! I do appreciate, too, seeing and hearing about new products …that you have already tried and liked!!

  12. wrote on October 28th, 2015 at 6:35 pm


    Darlene I really love these Chalkoka markers but they seem to be sold only through Amazon and they aren’t able to be posted to Australia. Do you or anyone else know of any similar liquid chalk markers to give this same vivid colour on black?

    • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      To be honest, I haven’t seen any until these! I’m so sorry that they aren’t available in Australia. 🙁

      • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:23 pm


        Hi Darlene! I persevered and found some Brazon liquid chalk marker pens with 3mm tips for $15.50 for 8 colours on Ebay with free postage Australia wide. They work well. Here is the website for anyone in Australia who is interested: http://www.brazon.com.au

  13. wrote on October 29th, 2015 at 12:32 am


    Just love this card! So bright and vibrant.

  14. wrote on October 29th, 2015 at 5:58 pm


    Fell in love with this card! Ordered the markers and can’t wait to have some fun with them!

  15. wrote on October 29th, 2015 at 9:16 pm


    Cool card… love those chalk markers!!

  16. wrote on October 30th, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Diana Trout

    I love this card – such a fabulous pop! and the Butterfly card too. I always appreciate your cards , Darlene!

  17. wrote on October 30th, 2015 at 10:28 pm


    Beautiful card. Love those chalks. Thanks for this idea!

  18. wrote on November 1st, 2015 at 12:35 pm


    These markers are fantastic!! I added them to my wishlit at Amazon. I love how vibrant they are on black cardstock and I bet they would be equally great on other dark cardstocks. Thanks for sharing and the card is just awesome!!

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