I know... two posts in one day... well I was so chuffed with what I've just been making that I couldn't wait to show you all. The other day I was going through a big box with odds and ends in it and I found a very old and largely unused set of chalk pastels. Probably bought when I fancied myself an artist... then I realised I couldn't draw (probably why I'm procrastinating about joining in Less is More this week!)...
One of the stamps I bought with my birthday money was Sweet Floral, a rather beautiful hyacinth type flower. Well, I say bought, actually it was FREE as I got it with my hostess pounds. As I am incapable of reading the catalogue correctly, I hadn't realised just how big this stamp actually is and was literally gobsmacked when it arrived (it doesn't happen often so savour the moment!). See for yourself:
My first thought was to grab the marker pens and start colouring in the stamp but then I discovered a technique called 'popping pastels'. Apparently it's been around for donkeys, but I'd never heard of it before. Basically, I inked up my stamp with Versamark and stamped onto Whisper White card stock. I then used cotton wool balls to dab on chalk pastels, trying to keep to the stamped image so as not to smear chalk all over the card. I built up layers of colour, starting with the palest colour first, adding deeper shades where I wanted them. Easy peasy... so I made two:
Stamp: Sweet Floral
Card: Whisper White, Naturals Ivory, Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue
Other: 'Victoria' Crochet Trim (I bought this because it is named after me!!), pastels (Stampin' Up! do a fabulous range of pastels to coordinate with all the colours in their colour families)
I'd like to enter these into the 2 Sisters 'flowers' challenge and the Card Crafter's Circle 'Pastels or Gentle Colours' challenge. Do you think I'll get brownie points for actually using pastels as well as pastel colours?! Not if Anne-Marie has anything to do with it, I bet!!!
Thanks for visiting again,