Are you ready for chalk and pastel card making ideas that will create a quick and impressive card background design? These DIY card design ideas will also provide you with step-by-step tips on coloring with chalk. Today’s video is packed with tips and inspiration!

Don’t overlook a good greeting card background design! Our natural choice in paper crafts is to use designer paper but there are so many other options! Chalk and pastels not only provide color in various ways but I’ll also teach you how to create striking marbling backgrounds! Don’t miss downloading the project sheet to get a good look at these best card making supplies. 

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Card Making Ideas | Chalk & Pastel Video

Let’s take your handmade DIY card to a new level by adding chalk and pastel accents!

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Card Making Ideas | Christmas Season

Grab your Versamark ink pad and your pastels! These two combinations will create simple backgrounds. Incorporating the same or coordinating images from the focal point of your card is a fantastic way to fill up the background.

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The pine bough was stamped in Versamark ink and shavings of the Soft Pastels were added over the top using a Sponge Dauber. Use a light hand when applying the chalk/pastels. My video is loaded with tips!

And if you’re worried about the pastels rubbing off your cards try using the Krylon Matte Finish Spray. It’s my favorite because it’s quick to dry, non-yellowing, moisture resistant and provides a permanent finish. You’ll find this product in my Craft Room Favorites by clicking HERE

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Card Making Ideas | Holly Jolly Wishes

Utilize your Versamark Pad to the maximum by adding ink to the raised areas of 3D embossing folders. Add shaved pastels to the areas as I’ve done here for this simple Christmas card using the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. 

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And don’t stop there! Use the pastels to add soft, variegated tones to skies, grass, beachy scenes and much more. 

I used two colors of green pastels to obtain this look. Adding a little of each provides great density to a project. Experimenting is so fun!

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Card Making Ideas | Pretty Pumpkins

Looking for a timeless fall stamp set? The Pretty Pumpkins stamp set has coordinating dies, too! Shave the soft pastels and use a Water Painter to add their color to outline images. Once again I mixed colors to get variations of colors. I’ll admit, it’s addicting!

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Did you notice the ‘hallow’ of light yellow around the pumpkins? This is a long-time watercolor trick that helps bright the visual effect of your images forward. Be sure to water down the pastel enough so that it’s not too dark. Pastels are pigmented color so a little goes a long way. When watercoloring it’s optimum to use watercolor paper or Shimmery White Cardstock. Both work extremely well and hold up to the water mixture for coloring. 

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Card Making Ideas | Joyful Life

There’s nothing not to like about the adorable Joyful Life stamp set. A bear, hedgehog and pig are paired with fun greetings for quick cards. This little pig image would be perfect for get well cards, too. And this background technique on this card is a winner all year round!

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Years ago this technique was called “drunkin’ pastels” but it’s better known now as marbling. Use a shallow container large enough to house your piece of cardstock. Shave various colors of pastels into the water. Gently swirl the colors together. (Be careful not to muddy them.) Then lay your cardstock on the surface of the water and give the backside a few gentle tips. When you peel off the cardstock from the water you’re left with a creative, abstract background. Be sure to let the cardstock dry before using it. This is another technique that’s addicting. You’ve been warned! 😆 

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