This is a technique that provides plenty of impact for only a little work! I learned it years ago, and yet I taught my own stamping group only last month. I guess it’s a good idea to get back to the basics and remind myself of why I fell in love with rubber stamping! Here’s how you do it:
- Stamp an image in VersaMark ink. I’d suggest an image with plenty of rubber to it; a line image won’t be as impressive.
- Use Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Sponges, foam-tipped makeup applicators or, as I did on my project for the hop, cotton balls to apply the color. Oddly, as long as you don’t rub hard, the ink doesn’t smear. I like to start with a light touch, building up color with repeated applications. Overlapping colors can result in a beautiful effect!
- Blow off any excess powder from the image.
- Fix the chalk with a light spray of inexpensive hairspray and let dry.
Try this with some of the Stampin’ Up! background stamps, like Sunflower, Medallion, and Hello, Doily — fabulous!