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Craft a Beautiful Ipad Holder from an Old Cutting Board

See how to use Imagine embossing powder and Tsukineko's VersaMark ink to upcycle an old cutting board. 

Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!


versamark used to stencil old cutting board.

Step 1

Paint a wood cutting board with white acrylic paint. Position stencil over the cutting board and ink with VersaMark Ink over the entire board.

embossing powder

Step 2

Sprinkle Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder over the ink. Shake off excess powder and return it to the jar for future use. Melt powder with a heat tool.

heat tool used to melt embossing powder

Step 3

Ink with VersaMagic Dew Drop inks over the embossed design. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment which leaves a beautiful matte finish and has a little bit of a longer dry time to allow for blending. Use an InkBlusher to blend the inks together working from light to darker colors.

versamagic used to color the cutting board

Step 4

Use a tissue or soft dry cloth to wipe excess ink from the embossed areas. The embossed design will really pop once the excess ink has been removed.

scrabble rack used for diy upcycle ipad holder

Step 5

Color a Scrabble Letter Rack (or a similar wood mount) using an InkBlusher sponge and desired color of VersaMagic. Glue inked holder to the front of the cutting board.

ipad holder backing

Step 6

Affix a prop to the back of the cutting board. You can create any support you feel will work for your cutting board. I simply glued chipboard (actually an old game board) to the wood holder to create a support, attached the ribbon (to keep the board from opening all the way and covered the board with matching ink. 

by Roni Johnson




1 hour + dry time

Materials Needed


  • Cutting Board (preferably an old one with some character & large enough for your tablet)
  • Acrylic Paint – White (I used DecoArt)
  • Stencil
  • Scrabble Letter Rack
  • Heat tool

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