A few days ago I finally got to have a trial play with the Pan Pastels that I had bought at the Happy Stampers North West Stamp Festival. They had been sitting on my desk trying to tempt me to open them & play - but I had cards to make that people had asked me to make. With those now finished & happily living with their owners I had the chance to play.
This play was really to get the feel of them rather than produce a usable piece of work.
I just cut out some squares of white card that had a rather nice smooth finish & used these lovely little pattern stamps. In each case I stamped them with Versamark ink & then applied the Pan Pastels with one of the Sofft tool. (Just in case you haven't seen about these tools- that is not a spelling mistake - which is what I thought when I first saw it. It is their trade name).
The image on the left was coloured with a pale green over which one side I dusted some orange-yellow. The central image I coloured again with a pale green, then using the more pointed Sofft tool coloured in the petals with the orange-yellow. Then finally just to see what would happen I went around the card & over part of the design with the deep orange-red colour. (I really must get to grips with the names). When colouring the petals of the flowers the pointed tool was still a little too big - I think a cotton bud might have been more suitable. The right hand image was just coloured with two shades of green - light first then the darker colour. Then I stamped the sentiment over the top & again used the dark green. It is surprising how long the Versamark ink remains sticky even when it has been dusted with the pastels, & how even one colour can gradually get darker as more is laid down.
I than decided to get a little more adventurous. I stamped using the daisy style stamp first, once again in Versamark Ink & dusted with the yellow pastel. Next I stamped the other flower & dusted again with yellow. Then I stamped the rose spray & dusted it with the deep orange. Although I used one of the tools I couldn't avoid getting the colour around the image. A quick gentle polish with a soft tissue removed some of the excess without removing the design. I had heard that colour could be removed with a white eraser which I tried (you can see a white patch below the left hand leaves of the spray). Just to complete an image that might make a card topper I stamped the sentiment in black archival ink. I understand there is a sealing spray that can be purchased but also that hairspray will work as well.
A most enjoyable play so it is now time to use them properly.
The wedding cake? Well my followers will know that earlier this year I made my god-daughters wedding cake which had been a bit stressful. I now have another cake to make for a wedding next year - but this one should move along quite nicely. The reason being that it is for myself. My partner Bob & I have been together for a long long time & have decided it was time to tie the knot, giving all our family & friends quite a surprise.
I will be making everything that I can. The Save The Date cards have been made. The invitations will be next - there is plenty of time (at the moment - but I know how quick time can go by) - as the wedding is not until next April. So! I thought I would share this information with you & will record on my blog my progress.
I think that is me for now. Rather a long post today.
Thank you for popping in & please leave a comment to say you have visited. Comments are always very much appreciated, especially if you have knowledge of using Pan Pastels that you can pass on.
'Bye for now.