Mixed Techniques: Poppin’ Pastels plus Rock N Roll

UPDATED: 5/17/2021 – This technique is even older now (9 years later!) but the project is still a great way to use Stampin Chalks, which are now included again after a loooong hiatus in the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Be sure to check out the supply list for an updated Soft Pastels project!

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 (Update for 2021: Soft Pastels are available again!!)  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 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.  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.  I used Staz-On ink here to keep the image from smearing.

Happy Stamping (and tea drinking)!

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