Stamp Off! Technique

Stamp Off! Technique

Welcome to a new Stamp Off! Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, our challenge is to present a new technique.

This isn’t a new technique, but it’s a technique with a new product. I was so thrilled to see Soft Pastels in the 2021-2022 Annual Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. I love working with chalks – and so does my granddaughter Amelia.

When the art teacher at Amelia’s school used chalk pastels for a class, some of the children loved the mess, but others tended to melt down. Not everyone likes to be messy. Of course, Amelia loves the creative mess. Here’s what her hands looked like after her first experience with chalk pastels.

If you think a few of those chalked fingers look too perfect, you’re right. I watched her chalk her fingers while she was blending her colors. She doesn’t shy away from messy hands, whether it’s chalk, ink, glitter, or any other medium. She does embrace the mess that comes with the creative process. 

Here’s the technique I used in creating with the Soft Pastels this week. I made at least three cards with the pastels, and this one was Mike’s favorite.

Stampin' Up!, Tasteful Touches, Many Messages, Soft Pastels

To create this card, stamp the image from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in Versamark Ink along the borders of a 3-3/4″ x 5′ Basic White Cardstock panel. I used my Stamparatus and the “hinge technique” so the distance between the images would be the same. Allow this to dry. It only takes a few minutes, but I used my heat tool to help speed up the process. Then, I used Stampin’ Chalk to add color. I rubbed Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, and Gorgeous Grape chalk over the stamped images, then blended with my fingers. I kept a damp paper towel on my work table so I could clean my fingers after each color. The chalk brings out the VersaMark stamped images, kind of like the Magic Pictures I played with as a child. (Who am I kidding? I still play with them.)

Ink the sentiment from the Many Messages Stamp Set on the Daffodil Delight Stitched Rectangle die-cut using Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Markers. (Tip: Use the Stamparatus for this. Place a clear, thin, non-porous medium over your card stock – like a Clear Medium Envelope or one of our Cellophane Bags – and stamp on that first to be sure of correct placement. You can wipe the ink off with a damp paper towel when you’re finished so you can reuse the envelope or bag.) Stamp the flower from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink on Fresh Freesia Cardstock, then fussy cut the image with Paper Snips.

Add the flower to the rectangle die-cut, then add the die-cut to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add this panel to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Granny Apple Green layer, then to a Gorgeous Grape Card Base.

Please take a few minutes to stop by Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs, and leave them a comment if you can! I can’t wait to see their techniques!

Thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Stampin' Up!, Many Messages, Tasteful Touches

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Stamp Off! Technique

  1. jackie says:

    Buffy, this is absolutely wonderful. I love the colors and effect that you got across that background layer. The effect is delightful. And in case you are wondering, I’m one of those kids who melts down when her fingers are messy!


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Jackie!! It was so fun and simple (my kind of technique). I don’t like the beginning of mess, but after I’m covered, I can handle it. The poor child in class had a complete meltdown. I felt so sorry for him. But their teacher is awesome; she totally understood and let him stop and clean up.


  2. Susan Horr says:

    I don’t know which is more beautiful – your card or Amelia’s hands. Both are works of art! I love the colors you used and can’t wait to try the chalks.


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Susan! The chalks are so much fun. And they work great with stencils. (Basically, you cover the stencil with the chalk, which leaves dust. Then use a blender brush to work the dust into the stencil.)


  3. GINGER says:

    Lovely card. I plan to try this technique on my next card. Thanks for the inspiriation,


  4. debsmart says:

    Awesome technique! I love the result and colours.


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