Long before I started to make cards, I used to paint. My favourite medium was pastels but I had a go at everything. Consequently, my craft room is a bit of an Aladdin's cave holding just about everything except ... I was going to say "the kitchen sink" - but it has one of those too!
I was inspired today by a tutorial posted by Melanie Muenchinger, about creating a sketchbook look with stamps, to get out my old pastel crayons and combine them with the Birthday Blooms stamp set.
|Birthday Blooms stamp combined with pastel crayons|
I stamped with Archival Basic Black ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then used the black and the white pastels to colour the flower and create a background and shadow for it.
It was a bit of a messy process because I have always liked to smudge/blend pastels with my fingers!
Once I'd erased all my fingerprints and washed my hands I gave it a spray with fixative before I adhered it to the front of the Basic Gray card.
Soft pencils, charcoal, watercolour pencils or crayons would also work for this effect.
I'm currently working on a watercolour version, using inks, that I'll show you (if it works!) next week.
I hope you like this one - I really loved making it!
'Til next time
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