Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sponge Dauber: Pastels vs. Inks

I was recently asked a question about the difference between using the pastels and inks with a sponge dauber. So I decided to demo it! :o)
Over all, the pastels give you a softer affect and a more blended look. The inks, while just as fun to work with, are more crisp.
(Left side - pastels; right side - inks)
Here is a close up of the "poppin Pastels" technique. There is a great tutorial on this technique here at SCS. Basically, you stamp your image in Versamark ink and then use a sponge dauber to dab your pastel color onto the image. The funnest part of this technique is seeing your image come alive right before your eyes! :o)
This is the same technique used with the classic inks (It will also work with the Craft - but will need to be heat set or embossed). The only difference is, I picked up my color with the sponge dauber on the ink pad and put it directly onto the stamp. Once I applied all my colors, I then stamped the image. This one can be a little tricky, because you don't really see the full result until you actually stamp the image. But I love the element of surprise! :o)
Supplies used: Medallion Background Stamp; Versamark Ink Pad; Stampin' Pastels (Ruby Red, Old Olive and Summer Sun); Classic Ink Pads in Ruby Red & Old Olive; Sponge Daubers.


  1. Great job VJ. Thanks for showing us the comparison. Can't wait to add this to my blog picks and posts links next week.

  2. Love this comparison. Many thanks for showing it.So glad I found your blog from SCS, it is great!


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