How to use Chalk Inkpads by Freyja

Chalk Card
Card made using chalk inkpads

So many inkpads already, do we really need more?

Well try a couple of Versamagic Dewdrop chalk pads and you will soon want more.

What's so special about chalk inkpads.

  • They are very easy to use; giving a good clean image with most stamps.
  • Work well with plain, glossy and textured paper and card.
  • Soft, matt, fade resistant colour that is permanent when heat set.
  • Blend beautifully and give depth when layered together. Light colours can be layered over dark.

Some ideas for use:

    • Stamp images with Versamark inkpad and sponge two or three colours over. The images will show through.
  • Apply one colour of ink to a stamp and then before stamping sponge a little second colour onto the stamp for a two-tone effect.
  • Try 'Charcoal' or 'Chestnut Roan' instead of black for softer images.
  •  As above but emboss the images with white detail embossing powder before applying inks. 'Polish' the images to remove ink from the embossed images and expose the white design.
  •  Use with a brayer on glossy card. The dark colours are stunning, especially the 'Charcoal' which gives a wonderful grey shade. Rub chalk residue off the surface. Over stamp with metallic inks - Brilliance 'Mineral' pad is perfect.
  •  Use with shadow/background stamps. Stamp off lightly onto scrap paper first to soften the colour. Ink unevenly for a 'stone' effect.

Lightly sponge one colour onto card and over stamp an image with the same colour. One colour can be used in two or three shade intensities for an attractive monocolour effect.

Tips on how to use for creating backgrounds:

    • Chalks can be applied to card with sponges, cotton buds, eye-shadow applicators, various brushes and mops, a quarter sheet of bunched kitchen roll or even clean fingers for an odd smudge of colour on a stamped image.

Chalks blend, fuse, merge, cloud etc. but watch out for 'muddy' colour results.

    Rub an inkpad over the edges of card to add a little colour for accent.

Have fun and experiment.

©Freyja Lee for Blade Rubber Stamps 2009