Sunday, 29 September 2013

Pan pastel .....

Well was so very happy in the week to hear that I am on the Premium Crafts DT and then to receive the most generous supply of goodies from Berni, I had to keep pinching myself that this was "real" and not a dream. Being a new person to Pan Pastels, I was a little nervous about using them and spent a whole evening researching how to use them properly. I wanted to make sure that when I use Pan Pastels, I can then reflect their beauty properly as they are indeed the most creamy, vibrant, versatile product.

I am also a lucky person have the complete Christmas stamp range from Premium Craft Brands and I am thoroughly enjoying using them as they can be used in a modern setting or a vintage setting. So I have made a Christmas card for this week challenge (found here) using the Perfect Poinsettia as my focus ...

I have used Melissa Francis papers and lightly chalked the edges using a mixture of Magenta and Copper pan pastels to create the main basis of my card. The central border was embossed with the long 12" barok border mask and then highlighted with the same pan pastels, finished with 2 different ribbons for added texture.

I stamped the poinsettia 3 times on to a heavy weight vellum using a Versamark pad, embossed with clear embossing powder. The poinsettia has then been coloured with a mixture of the Magenta and Copper pan pastels and some Mahogany Distress Ink. It was finally finished by highlighting the veins with some soft silver pan pastel for added shine. The leaves were stamped on to the same decorative paper with yellow green pan pastel (mixed with water) ..... must point out that I didn't wet the actual pan pastel but rubbed some of the colour on to my mat and mixed with water that way .... and then coloured in the leaves using yellow green, deep green and soft gold pan pastels.

Now .... my eureka moment! I don't know about you but I have oodles and oodles of was paper cut outs from when I have cut intricate dies. I have been saving them as they are too beautiful to throw away and I knew one day I would find a use for them. Well so happy that this project was my "voyage of discovery". I have covered one of the wax paper dies shapes with a mixture of the magenta and copper pan pastels, gave it a buff with a tissue and voila, I now have a delicate, translucent die cut shape. I was soooooo happy that it worked because it was just the soft background I wanted.

I finished my card with some vintage style brads and chipboard buttons .... and .... glitter! I struggle using glitter but have been ubber brave and added some highlights here and there.

List of products used:
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Perfect Poinsettia stamps
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Merry Christmas sentiment stamp 
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Barok border mask
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Pan pastels: Magenta, Copper Metallic, Soft Silver Metallic, Light Gold Metallic, yellow green and deep green.
Melissa Francis Classic Elegance papers
My Minds Eye vintage brads and buttons
Ribbon from stash

Phew, I know that ths a long post but wanted to make sure I included everything and thank you so much for reading through all my description. If you get the chance, please pop over to the Premium Crafts website and drool over all the products ...

Have a great Sunday,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
CHNC Challenge - colours focus: red, green and gold
Delicious Doodles - eyelets or brads
4 Crafty Chicks - BINGO: flowers, brads & diecuts
Pile It On - warm colours


Tracy said...

Hi Lou and wow I have to say that your card is a stunner, colors are so vibrant and that Poinsetta...gorrgeous!!
Big hugs

Terry said...

Hey there Louise, thankss for sharing your fabulous Christmas card I really love the vibrant colors a real fabulous project, I am excited to be working together, Hugs Terry xxxx

Leanne said...

Thanks for playing our Bingo Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, lovely job!

Leanne DT!
4 Crafty Chicks

Hazel said...

Very pretty card, Lou - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 144 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Lou, love that background and the poinsettia really has the wow factor
Claire xx