Just posted this in a scrapbooking group, thought I'd share it here too :)
[This was a message posted by Kim Wilson on May 9, 2003]
Don't forget about using rubber stamps and chalking. Here are some more
ideas from my files.
**Chalking - Pastels:
Shading: May be used wet or dry. Blue, Grey or Black are good color
for shadows. Layer colors. Start with the lighter color & apply a deeper
color of the same tone on top of the lighter shades.
**Chalked Embossing: Chalk will stick to embossing powders, especially
white. For best results start by stamping on dark colored card stock in
white pigment ink & embossing in any of our white embossing powders. Apply
the chalk to the white areas of your stamped image. After chalking rub with
a eraser to get rid of the powdery look & make the image shine.
Using the white Liquid Applique, embellish the details of your work. Allow
it to dry before puffing it up with a heat tool & then apply chalk to it. It
picks up the color & holds.
Using sponges & chalks with your stencils will give you beautiful soft
clouds, muted dots & stripes & gently blended backgrounds.
Stamp a solid image in white pigment ink on a dark card stock. Let it dry &
then color lightly with chalks.
This method works best with bold images. Example: DD Grapes - Stamp the
leaves in green & the grapes in purple. Apply the same shades to chalk over
the images. This will give it a soft air brushed feel to them.
**Marbled Chalk Background: Put about an inch of water into a pan slightly
bigger than your card,. With a knife, scrape chalk dust off a few colors
onto the surface of the water. Lower the paper flat onto the surface of the
water to pick up the color, immediately lifting the card stock back out of
the water. Allow the card stock dry flat. If your paper develops puckers, it
can be ironed to flatten it back out. You can even press the paper between
heavy books to flatten it out.
**Chalk on Dark Paper: Create stunning designs. Stamp a design using white
pigment ink & white embossing powder. Apply chalk with a cotton swab around
& in images. Take a paper towel to wipe off excess chalk.
**Chalk/Blender Pen: Chalk colors can be beautifully blended with the
1. Take any bold/solid stamp image & stamp onto card stock using the Going
Grey ink pad.
2. Color in & around the image in a light chalk color (ex: light pink for
flowers & lime green for leaves, etc.) with a Q-tip or cotton ball.
3. Now go over gray lines again in a darker chalk color (ex: purple for
flowers, evergreen for leaves, etc.).
***Poppin' Pastels - Chalk Resist - Faux Oil Pastel:
1. Apply 2 - 3 different colors (that look good together) of light colored
chalk with a cotton ball (or sponge daubers) across card stock.
2. Ink up an image with tinted or clear embossing ink (some use white
pigment ink for a different look). Stamp image onto the card stock.
3. Make sure that the ink dries onto the card stock, when it's no longer
shiny (Natural's card stock works best).
4. Apply chalk colors onto the tinted image with Q-Tips or sponge daubers.
The chalk will "darken" when it adheres to the ink.
5. Continue to add color, starting with the lightest going to the darkest
until you are satisfied.
6. If you are using a 2-Step stamp, go over the image with the second step
and repeat the process.
**Variation of Poppin' Pastels:
1. Stamp several of the same images with clear embossing ink on white paper.
2. Dip a cotton ball into one color of chalk & then lightly rub over &
around the images.
3. This creates a great background.
4. Use a dye-base ink pad that matches the color of chalk used. Stamp the
same image used before randomly in dye-based ink. (ex: Dragon Fly stamped in
Eggplant Envy with Eggplant Envy chalked background)
**Background - Pastel Chalks
Take your tinted embossing pad, stamp your image using the tinted embossing
pad onto white or cream colored card stock. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
Take a cotton ball and rub on the chalk color of your choice. Rub the cotton
on a slant across the card, use at least 3 different colors. You'll get a
**Reverse Pastels or Pastels on Dark CS:
Supplies - black card sock, Versamark pad, daubers or cotton balls (daubers
get you better sales), solid image stamp How - Take daubers and swish,
swirl, streak, dot, brighter pastel colors on black card sock, next ink up
your solid image stamp with Versamark and stamp right over top of your
pastel color black card sock.
Create a rainbow background by rubbing various colors of pastels across the
paper (using a cotton ball or sponge daubers). Stamp your image in black on
top of the rainbow of colors.
**Color Embossing With Chalks:
This technique is a little-known one, but produces wonderful results.
1. First, you start out as with regular embossing, using white or clear
embossing powder (use white if on darker card stock, clear if on lighter or
2. Heat it up as usual.
3. Then, taking a Q-tip, apply the pastel colors onto the embossed image.
Don't worry too much about mess, you'll take care of that at the end.
(although I do find that on lighter card stocks you want to stick with
4. After you have colored the image as desired, heat up the image again
until the embossing is shiny again.
5. Take a makeup sponge and drag it across the image. This will remove the
excess chalks and leave you with a beautiful embossed image in color!
Pastels will stick to embossing powders, especially white. For best results
start by stamping on dark colored card stock in white pigment ink and emboss
in our white embossing powders. Apply the pastels to the white areas of your
stamped image. After finished, rub with an eraser to get rid of the powdery
look & make the image shine.
Emboss an image using one of our brass templates. Reverse the template over
the top of the embossed image and use a sponge or cotton ball to rub pastels
over the image. When you remove the template, you have color only on the
**Spackle Cards Colored With Chalks:
You will need a brass template or a plastic stencil and the light weight
spackle. (It feels as if the container is empty when you buy it. Regular
spackle is too heavy for card stock.)
1. Place your template on top of your card stock. Use some kind of spreader
(I use a palette knife) and spread an even layer over the entire opening
being sure to fill in any gaps.
2. Once it if filled in, smooth off top to make sure the spackle is even.
Then lift the template straight up and voila! you have a wonderful raised
image on your card stock.
3. It has to dry, either naturally or carefully with heat gun. Once dry,
color gently with your chalks. NOTE: You can also mix a bit of spackle with
ink from reinkers and get a colored spackle to apply to card stock.
Use a cotton swab as your applicator. Color in your line art image with the
pastels for a soft, muted effect.
- posted 15 years ago