Tuesday Tip: Poppin’ Pastels

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Blow off any excess powder from the image.
  4. 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!

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