When I first started as a Stampin' UP Demonstrator over 5 years ago, I was all over the Poppin' Pastels technique (pastels are also known as "chalks" in many papercrafting circles). I had my way with it for a while and then kind of tucked it back into my bag of stampin' magic tricks. I've since been playing around with it lately, just because I absolutely ADORE the Bud Basics set (yes, I know it's not available after tonight) and it's PERFECT for this technique. So......here's a VERY simple, but eye-catching card done with this technique, along with the directions. (click on image for larger view)
1) Stamp the image with a VersaMark Pad.
2) Use sponge daubers to apply the pastel color directly to the ink. If you have a finely designed image, you can use a Q-tip (I find that the cheap dollar store Q-tips work best, as their heads are woven much tighter than the Q-tip brand......they're horrid on your ears, but work GREAT with our Stampin' Pastels.
3) Blow off any excess powder. (Repeat this process if you are using this technique with a Two-Step Stampin' Set.)
***TIP***: Use a Pastel Eraser (2 erasers for only $2.50!!!!) to erase any unwanted color.
***TIP***: To avoid smearing, gently dab the chalk rather than rubbing it across the image.
(instructions courtesy of Stampin' UP's little "Stampin' Techniques" booklet)
For the background on the Tempting Turquoise card base, I used the VersaMark ink to create a tone-on-tone background.
Supplies: Bud Basics and Wonderful Words stamp sets, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore and Whisper White Cardstock, VersaMark ink, Basic Black ink, Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore Stampin' Pastels.