NEW/OLD Techniques with Soft Pastels: Poppins Pastels and Marble Pastel Backgrounds


Oldies but goodies…I recently pulled up some video tutorials that I shared 11 years ago (!!) featuring what we then called “Stampin’ Pastels.” Fast forward 11 years to the NEW 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that debuted at the start of June, and they’re back! The new Soft Pastels are exactly what we need to revive these fabulous techniques.

What techniques? Why the Poppin’ Pastels Technique and the Marbled Pastel Background Techniques, of course!

Today’s project featuring the NEW Plentiful Plants stamp set from the Bloom Where You’re Planted Suite will showcase both these technique tutorials: both the Poppin’ Pastels Technique and the Marble Backgrounds. And shout-out to Katie Senkarik from KatieBugCrafts for reminding me about the fab backgrounds!

First up is Poppin’ Pastels — this is the technique I used to color the stamped images from the Plentiful Plants stamp set. See how the images are soft and airy? That’s the Poppin’ Pastels technique – perfect for this set.


Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels for the Poppin Pastels Technique:

  • Stamp in Versamark ink.
  • Remove the protective coating from one face of the Soft Pastel stick (I use Paper Snips to scrape it away – I’ll show you how in the video).
  • Rub a Sponge Dauber along the edge of the Soft Pastel color stick and pounce onto the stamped image.
  • Once full image has had pastel applied, use the Sponge Dauber to gently burnish color onto image, being careful not to smear the ink.

See how simple? The colors are so light and breezy.

But of course there’s another appearance of Soft Pastels on this card, in the fabulous softly colored background layer.


Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels for the Marble Pastel Background Technique:

  • Place a small amount of water in a flat bottom container large enough for your cardstock to lay flat.
  • Use Paper Snips to scrape along one edge of a Soft Pastel color stick so that the powder falls onto the surface of the water.
  • When the water surface is covered, place a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper onto the water. 
  • Pick up paper and tilt to one edge, immediately blotting the excess water with a tissue. 
  • Allow to dry, then die cut or layer as desired.

Note that the very first time you’ll be scraping away the protective coating, which doesn’t work great for this technique. You want to scrape through that layer so that the soft pastel underneath is what’s going onto the surface of your water.

Plus if you don’t have enough color picked up the first time, the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper is super high-end and you’ll be able to add more pastel to the water and dip your paper again.


Ready for more details on this project? I’ll show you both Poppin’ Pastels and the Marble Pastel Background Techniques, step-by-step so you’ll want to listen in on the tips included.

Soft Pastels Card Idea for Poppin’ Pastels & the Marble Pastel Background Technique – Video Tutorial:

View below or use the link to view directly on my LovenStamps YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!

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