Happy Thursday, today I will show you a couple of fast quick background effects that can be created using Colorfin Pan Pastels. First of all these pastels are wonderful to work with, the colors are very vibrant, and they go on very smooth. You can do many things with them including coloring images, backgrounds, painting, drawing and mixed media art.
I did a couple of quick demonstrations to show you how easy it is to create beautiful backgrounds for your projects.
The first background that I created was using an embossing folder and the Pan Pastels. I cut a piece of white smooth cardstock and embossed it using my Sizzix Big Shot. Next I took my two colors of Pan Pastels, Pearlescent Violet and Turquoise Extra Dark. I started with the lighter color and randomly added color to the embossed paper, then I added the darker color. I kept adding the colors until I was happy with the finished result, finally I sprayed it with a fixative to set the pastels. You can find spray fixative at any craft/hobby or art store. To finish the card a adhered the embossed piece onto a card base, added a piece of lace and ribbon, die cut the small scroll from KaiserCraft doilies die set. I stamped a hexagon from a ClosetomyHeart stamp set, fussy cut it and adhered it to the center of the doily, for a finishing touch I added some bling around the doily. Here is a look at the finished card, it was a quick and easy card to make.
For the second card I did a stamping technique with the Pan Pastels. I used a JustRite Stampers cling stamp for this, it is a background stamp called Script Background. It has a very elegant romantic look. I stamped the image using a VersaMark stamp pad. Next I colored over the stamped area using the Pan Pastels, the technique is demonstrated in the video above. I also used the fixative spray on the stamped image once it was completed.
To finish this card I used a couple of beautiful die sets from Spellbinders. I used Heirloom Rectangle and Victorian Accents 2. I love both of these die sets! They are very intricate and Spellbinders gives you a couple of helpful hints for cutting these. The first is to use a piece of wax paper in between the paper and the die. This really does make it much easier to release the paper once the die is cut, also they recommend using a paper shim and to run it through your machine more than once.
I cut the stamped image I created using the center die, next I used Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses paper collection and cut the remaining pieces. I did end up using the Turquoise Pan Pastel on the edges of my die cuts for an extra pop. Then I used some small roses that I had from my stash and one of the tags from the Raindrops on Roses paper pack to finish my card. I used a 5″ x 7″ card base for this card. Here is a look at the finished card. I really like how this turned out and it can be used for many different occasions.
Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@home website, www.ucutathome.com
S6-016 – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Heirloom Rectangle Dies
CL-02157 – JustRite Stampers Cling Script Background Stamp
S3-212 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Victorian Accents 2
30062 – PanPastels Pearlescent Violet
30075 – PanPastels Turquoise Extra Dark
HCDP1-240 – Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12″ x 12″ Paper Pack
DD504 – KaiserCraft Decorative Dies Doilies
I also used the following from my stash – lace, ribbon, ClosetomyHeart stamp set, purple ink, VersaMark ink pad, white smooth card stock, gems, flowers and spray fixative.
I hope you enjoyed my cards this week, till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!