Sunday, April 04, 2010

Two Step With Pastels

Today I want to share with you one of the projects we did on Saturday at the Stamp, Play and Create class. This card focused on two-step stamping and a stamp set called Greenhouse Garden, which during the month of April is 20% off, so you can purchase it for only $20.76. Isn't this card just gorgeous?

We did learn some tips and tricks during the Stamp, Play and Create class, so I thought that I would share them with you. First of all, I'll give you the steps to create the card, then the tips and tricks.

1. Stamp both stems using VersaMark ink. Then, apply a generous amount of Garden Green Pastel by rubbing a Q-tip on the pastel and rub the Q-tip lightly onto the VersaMark stem image.

2. Stamp both solid image flowers on the top of each stem using VersaMark ink. Apply a generous amount of Summer Sun Pastel by rubbing the Q-tip on the pastel and then rubbing the Q-tip lightly onto the flower. Rub in a circular motion and work from the edge of the petal to the center, leaving the center without color.

3. Apply a generous amount of Ruby Red Pastel by running the Q-tip on the pastel and then rubbing the Q-tip lightly in the center of the flower in a circular motion.

4. Stamp the detail image using VersaMark ink onto the flower. It is perfectly okay to stamp with VersaMark ink on top of the image that you already colored with the pastels. Then, again, apply a generous amount of More Mustard Pastel by rubbing the Q-tip on the pastel and then rubbing the Q-tip lightly on the detail stamped image in a circular motion.

5. Rub a cotton ball on the Summer Sun Pastel and rub over the Whisper White cardstock all around the edge. Then do the same using Ruby Red and rub on the very edge.

6. Stamp the greeting with Ruby Red ink and adhere the layers.

Tips and Tricks!!

Make sure you have a generous amount of pastel on the Q-tip. It will help the pastel spread onto the VersaMark stamped image without a lot of pressure.

If you start applying the pastel and it is too light, do not press harder. It will distort the image!! You need to apply more pastel to the Q-tip.

If you are lightly applying the pastel to the image and the VersaMark is smearing, the VersaMark is too wet. Give it a minute or so to dry off a bit. You can even blow on the ink a tad to dry it. The pastels will adhere much better without distorting the image.
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You'll love how this looks when you are done. I hope these tips and tricks help you!!! If you have any questions, just let me know!!!


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