Poppin’ Pastels

by Beate Johns

Use your chalks and applicators to make unseen images colorful.


  • Versamark® Pad
  • Versamarker® (optional)
  • Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Sponge Daubers or other applicators
  • Pastels also known as chalks


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images with Versamark™ onto cardstock. The flower head was stamped three times here.

  2. Step 2

    Rub the sponge dauber (other other applicator) on the pastel color of your choice to pick up the color.

  3. Step 3

    Dab or rub the sponge dauber over the stamped image. The chalk will stick to it.

  4. Step 4

    Take another dauber and repeat to add another color.

  5. Step 5

    Add more images if desired. Here, flower stems, leaves and centers were added.

  6. Step 6

    Apply chalk over these images.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Use a Versamarker to apply ink to other unstamped areas.

  8. Step 8

    Apply more chalk.

  9. Step 9

    To define your stamped images more, try outlining or doodling around them with a marker.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your project.



    -The pastels will rub off a bit. You can avoid that by spraying your chalked image with acrylic sealer.

    -This is a fun activity for smaller children. Stamp images in Versamark, give them a sponge dauber and chalk and tell them to rub over the cardstock until they find it.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Poppin’ Pastels. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is a great technique. I never thought of filling in the outside of the stamped images with versamark pen and then using the chalk. Thanks for the tutorial. Sue
Susan M. Addy  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 11:55 AM
What is reverse poppin' pastels?
Heather Claxton  |  Sun Mar 2, 2008 at 4:56 PM
is the marker used to define the picture a regular marker?
Samantha  |  Fri May 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM
I used versamark on front of a card for the first time yesterday. The painting looks like orential work. Beautiful. Thanks for all the tips.
Margaret  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 3:01 AM
Hi Samantha,

The brown marker that was used to outline the flowers is a regular marker.
beate  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 4:42 AM
Thanks for this idea. They look great!
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 4:22 AM
that kit on picture "step 2". What is it the name on it.? do you know if I can order it on a web side?
I live in Norway, but it looks so cool.. hope I will here from you.
(sorry if my english is not good)
- Tonje-
Tonje  |  Mon Dec 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM
Hi Tonje,
The stamp set is called "You make me happy". You can find a complete list of supplies in the gallery upload for this card.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Dec 27, 2010 at 6:04 PM
The kit with all the color on picture "step 2" ? what is it called?
Tonje  |  Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Hi Tonje -

Those are pastels from Stampin' Up!
lydia  |  Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 1:50 PM
Thanks :D
Tonje  |  Fri Jan 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM

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