Thursday, September 30, 2010

Technique Thursday - Poppin' Pastels

Welcome to another edition of Technique Thursday! This week I thought I'd bring back an "oldy but goody" in the way of stamping techniques...Poppin' Pastels! It's a very simple technique, and you can easily achieve an image with many different colors with little effort!!

Here's a quick reminder of how to do the technique:

Stamp your image in Versamark (I didn't take a picture of this step because the Versamark is clear and very tricky to photograph!)...then add your Stampin' Pastels. You do NOT want to rub on the pastels. You simply want to "pounce" the sponge dauber up & down on your image, tapping the pastels lightly onto your image until it is fully coated.

Continue to add color until your image is completely covered with pastels. There will be some pastel "dust" remaining, which you can blow off, and if there is a haze of pastels around your image, you can either use the pastel eraser that's included in your set, or I've found that a Swiffer pad works really well too!

Here is the finished sample using the Poppin' Pastels technique...the colors of pastels I used were Old Olive, Not Quite Navy & Night of Navy:

Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude, Because I Care (sentiment)

Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy

Card Stock: Old Olive, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Brights Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Night of Navy Satin Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Brights Patterns Designer Paper, Stamping Dimensionals.

Here's another sample...for this one I used Bashful Blue & Night of Navy pastels. I also did a two-toned effect on the sentiment by adding the Bashful Blue to the tops of the letters and the Night of Navy to the bottoms. For the dark blue edge, I rubbed the Versamark pad along the torn edge, then applied the Night of Navy pastel with a sponge dauber. Then I added 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
Stamp Sets: Northern Hearts (hostess), Curly Cute

Ink: Versamark

Card stock: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Circles #2 Die for the Big Shot, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Stamping Dimensionals

I hope you'll take some time to try out this fun technique! If you do, link your creation below :)


  1. WOW!!!! Your cards are awesome and I just love this technique!! Thanks for explaining it so well, now I NEED to give it a try!!

  2. Gorgeous cards, especially love the top one! This is such a fun technique too.

  3. Love, love the olive and navy card! Thanks for the reminder how aweseome Versamark is!

  4. Just beautiful Kerin! I love this technique and don't use it often enough - you've inspired me to break out my pastels again!

  5. I forget about this technique as well.....these cards are gorgeous!!!

  6. Awesome, Kerin! It looks so beautiful when you do it. I'll have to give this another try! Blessings, Gretchen

  7. this is beautiful thanks for sharing the technique

  8. Wow, one I haven't tried yet, but will today. Yea!!!

  9. I had forgot about this technique. Its been a while since I used my pastels as well. I love the cards you shared with us. I will be casing you for sure!

  10. This is gorgeous, Kerin! Mine always looks so messy when I'm finished that I've mostly ignored them. Thanks for showing how it's really supposed to be done and for the tip about the Swiffer pad.

  11. I've never tried using these, maybe I'll add some to my Chrsitmas wish list, they look fabulous