Pastel Colored Stamped Images

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Yesterday I decided to pull out my pastels.  This is a color medium I love to work with.  There are so many things you can do with them.  I love to use them for creating marbled paper for my projects.  See a few examples of that
Today, I have used them with images stamped in Versamark embossing ink.
For this first card I wanted to create a rainbow starting from the top left moving down to the bottom.  I stamped 5 butterflies in Versamark ink onto white cardstock. Starting with red, I used my craft knife to shave color from the pastel onto my project, specifically over the stamped butterfly.  Since my next color was orange, I added just a touch of orange to the red butterfly before moving onto the second.  The second butterfly got mostly orange and a bit of yellow since the next color in the rainbow is yellow and so on... 
Once all of the color had been added, I used my finger to lightly pat the pastel into the Versamark butterflies.  Using a small towel, I swiped the color from each butterfly in opposite directions to create a trail of color.  I love how it came out!
I applied color to this second project in a slightly different way.  After stamping my butterflies in Versamark I decided to add color, still in rainbow order, from the inside out.  As you can see in the picture above I shaved red in the center, orange around that, yellow outside of that, and so on...
Again, I used my finger to press the pastel into the ink and  used the towel to swipe the color.  These butterflies have a completely different look. 

Thanks for visiting. 
 I hope you experiment and have fun! 
 If you do, let me know. I'd love to come by and see!

Cardstock: PTI White, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Vellum
Stamps: PTI Butterfly Dreams, Over Under Easy Sentiments
Ink: Versamark Ink
Dies: SSS Stitched Rectangle Dies
Other: Pastels, Filigree White Embossing Powder


  1. Gorgeous, Kara! Have never used Pastels but love the look!

  2. What a beautiful effect, Kara! I love pastel colors and this is a beautiful technique. Must take a look at Pastels; I too have never tried them........

  3. Love the vellum overlay on these cards, it creates such a pretty softness.

  4. Just beautiful!! I have never worked with these before!!

  5. Gorgeous cards with that beautiful rainbow of colors! I love how you demonstrated that technique, thanks!

  6. These are just gorgeous Kara! I used to do this technique with pastels years ago, but had forgotten all about it! I need to try it again!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous cards! Love this technique :)

  8. Soft, delicate and beautiful!!

  9. Great technique that I've never seen before Kara! I love the cards and the way you used vellum to soften the bright colours!! I will have to give the technique a try! Have a lovely weekend! Hazel x

  10. Oh, these are so cool and lovely!

  11. Gorgeous cards Kara! So elegant and pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  12. Don't know how I missed this post! Your cards are gorgeous! I've never tried pastels on cards but seeing your technique makes me want to try. I have some very old pastels that I can get out and play with. Did you spray the butterflies with a fixative or just cover with the vellum?

  13. Amazing! You constantly inspire me with your creativity.


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