Sunday, 21 September 2014

It's Christmas with Pan Pastels

I blinked and opened my eyes to discover it was Sunday already. Where did the weekend go that I do not feel like I have had 2 days off work? Am in a bit of a moaning minny mood today as managed to tear half of my thumb nail off. The tear is in the nail bed and is so painful but I am being a bit of a "girls blouse" about the whole thing, which is probably making things worse. Even my youngest son has rolled his eyes at me and suggested I made a cup of "man up" ... what a cheek!

Back to happier things ... the theme this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "embossing" and was a bit stumped first as couldn't decide where to emboss and colour a stencil, emboss and colour a stamped image, emboss and colour a die cut ..... so I did a bit of all three! I was faffing so much that I was in danger of the challenge passing me by ... eek.

I began by colouring my card with red pearl, magenta, blue pearl and ultramarine, blending the colours with the new pan pastel colour medium. I then used the Chrysanthemum mask with light modelling paste to create my back ground. Whist the paste was wet, I dusted glitter on top. Finally, once dried, I went over the edges of the backing piece with red pearl.

With my background made (and dry), I have used a doily as my centre piece. I have lightly coloured the doily with red pearl and raw umber pan pastel and then finally with white pearl. Next I layered some Tattered Lace die cuts (which were given the same treatment as the doily), on top. I stamped the stamp image and cut him out, placing him off centre.

Next I stamped some baubles with Perfect Medium and then used red pearl and raw umber pan pastel to add colour. The baubles were placed amongst the fir and holly branches.

Finally I added some ribbon bows and Doodle Gems. However, I still think it is not quite finished and I need to add something near the Reindeer's bottom area ..... what,I'm not sure? Any ideas welcomed.

Happy Sunday everyone and I'm off to spend a day colouring as have rediscovered my colouring mojo thanks to a recent purchase of Prisma Colour pencils and the Pan Pastels DT challenging themselves to colour with pan pastels ...... watch this space,

x x x

products I have used .... (I really do need to get the hang of Thumblink) ... lol  520.5 Ultramarine Blue - Pan Pastel  
                     Pearl blue              Colourless blender        Pearl red            Ultramarine

Single Colour Magenta Shade    Chrysanthemum Mask/stencil A4
                                     Magenta shade                         Raw Umber

 Tattered Lace Dies - Christmas Florals HollyTattered Lace Dies - Christmas Florals Pine 

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
DCM - stencils
4 Crafty Girls - anything goes
Chalk'n'Stock - must use chalk (pan pastels)
ABC Christmas challenge - something festive
Sweet Stampin' - Christmas critters
Hobby Book - embossing
Crafting when we can - Christmas
The Pink Elephant - embossing


Claire Boelema said...

OMG I hope this my Christmas card! STUNNING just doesn't do it justice! xxx

Tracy said...

Nooooo I hope it is mine, Lou....STUNNING in every way!!
Hope your finger eases up soon..... yikes that would have hurt!!
Big hugs xxxxxxx

starcyl said...

This is just beautiful.
Jenny x

Anjie said...

Lou this is totally amazing! Hope your finger is feeling better

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Lou, love it.
Gr Karin

Linda Simpson said...

Oh Lou this is gorgeous, love the garland and fabulous background.
Linda xxx

Lea Brawn said...

What a gorgeous card Lou. What a fabulous background you created. Beautiful x

Claire said...

Wow Lou how beautiful! Gorgeous colours and you're such a genius with die cuts, they look amazing
Claire xx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the colours and fab

Jennifer Bradley said...

Gorgeous Lou great colour and texture xx

Sandie Gough said...

Totally awesome, can this one be mine!
I'm now going shopping for the light paste stuff lol
Sandie x

Karen Rankin said...

You put a lot of work into this card, I especially love the background, thank you for entering our challenge at CWWC challenge, wishing you the best of luck!

Rosebuds n Ribbons said...

Lou this is totally stunning,
hugs Sus xxxx

Kate M said...

Absolutely fabulous design and I just love those pastel colours! Great design, super card.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lou, Wow this is one amazing Cgristmas Card, the best I have seen in a long time, So much to look at, Love the Holly and the Firs. Also the Reindeer is gorgeous. Perfect color scheme.


Gez Butterworth said...

FaBuLouS card ♥ The colours are AMAZING!

Thank you for joining the Daring Cardmakers this week. Gez

Svenja said...

Wow, that's an awesome background! And a fab card altogether :-)

Gail said...

This is gorgeous. The elegance of it is overwhelming. It is truly a magnificent card and a beautiful piece of art. Your talent is to be envied (it is by me) and I'm saving this card to my desktop to enjoy it a bit longer. What a beautiful beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month and I hope you'll stop back on October 8 because I KNOW you will like our next challenge, too! Hugs, Gail

Gail said...

I forgot to add: there's no need to put anything near the reindeer's buttom. By leaving it plain like this, the eye is drawn to the reindeer and then the wreath. If you HAVE to add something, it would be so neutral that it wouldn't be noticed, anyway. I'd leave it just like it is and from the comments you've received, it is well liked just the way you've done it. Hugs again, Gail

Bettina L. said...

OMG this is a beautiful Christmas card. Love the details with the layers, background and pan pastel design. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx

Dot said...

Such a very pretty Christmas card you have made, Lou.
Thanks for entering our S challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
Dorte x