Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Using chalk pastels to colour a rubber stamped image is a lovely way to add subtle color and softness
"I wrote in chalk on a building
This make me poignant"
~written on a college campus wall
Whenever you want a soft, subtle effect, I think chalk pastels are one of the best ways to achieve that. I wanted to make a card for someone recovering from breast cancer and as you probably already know, Pink Ribbon Day is the signature day of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. That did it. I thought I would use soft pinks and a feminine image to say what I wanted to say.
First I stamped the woman's image with black permanent Stazon ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I took my set of Stampin' Pastel chalks (sadly, no longer available but I am keeping mine forever) and a foam tipped applicator (they look almost exactly like an eyeshadow applicator) and carefully coloured the dress with soft strokes.
I thought about where the light would fall if it was hitting her back and concentrated more colour in the folds of the dress and in the shadows of the image. I changed colours to softly shade the skin peach and coloured the vase a darker shade of blue. You can see where I also picked out some flowers in yellow and shaded the leaves green.
Once the image was coloured, I mounted it on a piece of silver grey cardstock. I adhered some pale pink lace to the right side of the card blank then adhered the image over that. A flower with a brad and a stamped sentiment on Perfect Plum (retired) cardstock trimmed with deckle-edged scissors completed the card.
You can also use the chalks to add a flush of colour to stamped faces, soft colour to the inside of animal ears, on baby cards where you want a soft effect especially if you have a stamped baby image and want that rosiness in their skin, or try using chalks on any other images you fancy. Try it on darker cardstock like Basic Black for a smudged, chalkboard effect.
Chalked cards can evoke long term memories. I was once sent a gorgeous Christmas card of a Madonna and child that was beautifully enhanced with chalks (thanks again, Carla). Her beautiful work made me want to try out this medium as soon as I could.
Get different effects with your pressed chalks by using different applicators and strokes:
Try layering different colours across each other onto your project. You can get new colours by layering.
Spray your finished work with a sealant so it will not get accidentally wiped off your card.