Chalk Pastels

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

chalk pastels, card making, rubber stamping

How to Use Chalk Pastels:

Whenever you want a soft, subtle effect, I think chalks 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.

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 cardstock (trimmed with deckle-edged scissors) completed the card.

chalk pastels, card making, rubber stamping

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.

If you liked this subtle technique, you may like to try Watercolouring or Stampin with Bleach next.

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