I promised a few of the lovely French ladies that I met in Paris recently, a step by step tutorial of my Pan Pastels background technique......are you sitting comfortably?????.......then off we go!
Pan Pastels are pigments that have been refined over and over again to produce a really fine grade product. They leave behind very little dust but lots and lots of colour. These cute little pans of colour have to be one of the most user friendly mediums I have ever used......I really do love them.....A LOT!!!
1. I usually start by covering the complete background with colour (in this case I'm using Yellow Ochre). Simply take one swipe of colour from the pan using one of the Sofft sponges and this is enough pigment to cover an A5 piece of cardstock. The card I'm using is Paperartsy's new smoothy card. I really like this as (a) it's white and doesn't change the colour of the pastels unlike the usual manila tags and (b) as it is so smooth, it doesn't damage my sponge. At first I thought that if the surface was really smooth, the pastels wouldn't adhere to the surface but they seem to stick pretty good to me!
2. Next step is with a piece of Cut'n'Dry foam and a Versamark ink pad.
4. I normally choose a second stencil or sequin waste and repeat the sponging of Versamark and more Pan Pastels. This makes a much more interesting background.
6.The next step is to select a few stamps with a solid area of rubber rather than an outline stamp. These flowers on Paperartsy's Hot Pick 1006 are perfect for the job.
8. The star on ID07 is also one of my favourites for this technique.
9. Having stamped the star and coloured it first with orange Pan Pastel, I am now applying a small amount of Magenta around the edges of the star.
OK, Pan Pastels background complete, feel free to stamp anything over the top. I usually opt for a different script which I like to stamp with rangers Jet Black Archival ink.
I added a layer of plain black cardstock and stapled all my layers together with Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.