Good morning! I am excited to share a technique with you today that is fast and produces beautiful results. As much as I love bright and vibrant inks for stamping and the dazzling array of Copic® marker shades for coloring, there are often times when a quieter, more subtle card is needed. I love to get out my chalk pastels and VersaMark ink pad for that, two of the first products I ever purchased when I started stamping 10 years ago! This is a “back to the basics” technique called Pullin’ Pastels, and it works with both bold and line art images. Today I am using both types of stamp images on my card.
For this technique, you will need:
- Dark cardstock (Black or navy blue is often used for this technique. Here I am using brown but this technique will work with any color; the darker the shade you choose, the more contrast there will be once you pull the chalks away.)
- VersaMark, or watermark ink pad
- Stamps (clear or rubber)
- Chalk pastels (You can use chalks from a palette made specifically for crafting or even colored sidewalk chalk.)
- Dauber or even a cotton ball will do!
Begin by rubbing pastel color of choice over cardstock until you have the entire panel covered. It’s okay for some areas to be darker than others as this this will add interest and a nice, shabby patina to your finished stamped panel.
Ink up the image with VersaMark ink and stamp.
Lift up the image carefully and be amazed at the gorgeous detail left behind!
When a pattern is desired, continue stamping the image, re-inking each time and turning the stamp to fill in the gaps.
Finish with a sentiment and embellish! I used a sentiment and scalloped border from Carolyn King’s Stamp it Big set. See how well bold stamps work also with this technique?
Isn’t that so soft and pretty?
You can emboss the stamp design with clear embossing powder to add some shine and dimension if desired. This also fixes the design, as it can smear if you handle or rub it too much. I never bother with using any kind of fixative to set it, but sprays are available which will keep the chalk from coming off over time if it’s a concern. I hope you try out this technique!
Send me a note if you do. I’d love to see your finished project!
Thank you for visiting!
Supplies used: Dark Chocolate and Innocent Pink Pure Luxury cardstock, Stately Flowers 6 and Stamp it Big stamp sets, Gina K. Tickled Pink buttons and Innocent Pink organza ribbon from Gina K. Designs; VersaMark ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; chalk pastels from Stampin’ Up!