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Christmas Card and Pan Pastel technique

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I was playing with my Pan Pastels and embossing ink, and it occurred to me that old techniques might actually work quite well with them so I had a go.

I grabbed a few things from my chaotic space – clean up is the order of the day as soon as I get this posted!  Shocking, it is.

Embossing ink, pastels, a scrunch of cling film/Saran wrap and paper. I think you see where this is going….

PPcardTry to get as much of the edges of the cling film out, and not so much large flat areas.

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Tamp the wad of cling film on the embossing ink pad then stamp on the cardstock.  Scatter the areas at this point.  Then with a light touch pat on the Pan Pastel.  Once the areas grab the pastels you can rub, but lightly. It’s actually pretty cool at this point – a great art journal first layer.

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But carry on.  Tamp on some more embossing ink, filling it some of the open areas, and add a darker shade of pastel.  You can do as many layers as you like.

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I tend to try to leave a few white areas then do a last fill-in with the light colour again, so it really shows.

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I would perhaps normally stop there but I have been told that people like techniques, sure, but what prompts them to give it a go more is an actual finished project they can see.  So I’ll carry on.  I printed a couple of my printable toppers. They were OK on the background but they needed something to tie them in a bit better.  So I punched a smaller circle and laid that over the printed one and smudged the pastels in just that area.

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It does dull the text slightly but not as much as you might expect.

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I embossed a swirl on the bottom of the first piece and brayered over some embossing ink, then heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.

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Trim to fit your card front and pop the circle.

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Simple but effective, I hope.  I think the pan pastels over text is a trick to play with more.  I want to try brushing over it with an ear bud/Q-tip to see if that brings back the crisp intensity of the printed text a bit more.  Also I am interested to see what happens if I print with a light shade then do the pastels over it – will it make the text just a darker version?  Ans how can I use that as an arty technique?

I think this could be quite cool as an ATC background and I def. have to have a play with assorted colours rather than the monochromatic version.

Have a go.  It’s easy peasy.

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One thought on “Christmas Card and Pan Pastel technique

  1. Beautiful card. Have a blessed week. LisaDV #86

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