Mixed Techniques: Poppin’ Pastels plus Rock N Roll

Poppin’ Pastels is an OLD technique – and very simple:

  1. Stamp in Versamark ink
  2. Swirl a Sponge Dauber in a Stampin’ Pastel color
  3. Pounce onto the stamped image.

It always used to bother me that the edges of the stamped image ended up a little bit wishy washy.  I’m embarrassed to say that when I pulled out my Stampin Pastels (see them online) for this project, they were still sealed! I used to use them all the time, but somehow my new set had at least 2 birthdays before getting opened. (eek!)

But with this NEW twist on Poppin’ Pastels, I think I’m going to be seeing my Pastels much more regularly again.  By adding the Rock N Roll technique, I made the edges of the image well-defined and the finished image looks much cleaner.  The Tea Shoppe stamp set (see it online) has the perfect stamp for this combo technique, too!

Here are some tips for using Rock N Roll and Poppin’ Pastels together:

  • Use a bold image stamp (not great for line art)
  • Ink the stamp first with Versamark, then rock the darker ink around the edges to keep your Versamark pad clean.
  • Remember to pounce (not wipe) with your Sponge Dauber to keep the ink from smearing.
  • If you don’t get enough color on your image, try mooshing (yes, a technical term) the Dauber more in the Stampin’ Pastel.

A couple other things about this card from my April session of Stamp Club with Meg:

  • Yes, that’s a tea bag!  The piece of Twitterpated Designer Paper makes a little pocket to hold the bag in place.  Use Sticky Strip at the two ends to hold it tight.
  • I love the Paper Doily Sizzlit (see it online).  It helps to have a few tips on making it work easily.
  • It’s easier to stamp on the back side of the Mini Vintage Tags (see them online).  I used Staz-On ink here to keep the image from smearing.

Happy Stamping (and tea drinking)!


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