Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pan Pastels and Stamping

Hi all! This month Darkroom Door is one of the sponsors of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and I used mainly Darkroom Door stamps on my layout. Here's the case file:

I felt like a different format this week, not square.

I decided to make a mainly black and white layout with just touches of colours. From the evidence I used: gears, pastels, bicycle, flowers, butterflies, metal, and random type letters, From the testimony, I was inspired to journal about some of my quirks. I used smooth watercolour paper for the background, but I could have used other smooth papers to the same effect. Most of the stamping was done with Archival Ink Watering Can, which is a great grey.

Love these flower stamps. I used Pan Pastels for all the colouring on this page. The flowers were coloured with a soft yellow and I used grey around the edges of the layout, also adding it here and there, to get the look of charcoal. I really liked the look of the pastels here. The background was sprayed with a matte fixative before continuing with the layout, to prevent them from smudging.

Under the photo, I stamped the Butterfly Post stamp twice, and coloured it with the pastels. The brand new Polaroid Frame stamp was stamped twice with Watering Can, cut out and layered over the photo. I had some leftover Tim Holtz Honeycomb Frameworks mirrored die cuts on my desk (from my Frameworks Mosaic Tutorial). Two strips of tissue tape covered up my somewhat crocked stamping.

I love this quote about cycling and since the background has a kind of random look, I decided to use it.

For the title, I used a mix of Stampers Anonymous stamps and Chit Chat stickers. The journaling strips describe three pretty random quirks: I prefer to always get a perfect parking, I don't like when someone reads over my shoulder, and I like to walk fast (except now, because my knee isn't right).

Thank you for looking! I hope you will have a great weekend!!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Derwent Hotpress Watercolour paper; Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock; old dictionary paper
Dies: Sizzix: Honeycomb Frameworks
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Polaroid FrameFull Bloom Vol. 2, Enjoy the Ride, Butterfly Post; Stampers Anonymous: Phlax Alpha
Ink: Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Pastels: Pan Pastels: Yellow Ochre, Bright Yellow Green Shade, Hansa Yellow, Neutral Grey Shade, Turquoise
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Mini Sprocket Gear; rhinestones


  1. Lovely page AK, I like the softer look of the watering can grey and pale pastel colors - great composition!

  2. love visiting - thank you for the inspiration.
    Sandra ltb

  3. Your coloring is just perfect! Love the soft look of the grey ink. Great stamping!

  4. A gorgeous layout AnneKarin and I love the stamps and background you have created.

    TFS best wishes
    Annie c

  5. Love all the wonderful layers. The soft grey is lovely...not as stark as black would have been. This is a great look for your stamping!

    The collage feel is fabulous!

  6. I absolutely love this layout Anna-Karin, I love the black and white with just the touches of colour and the pan pastels were perfect. Subtle. THat is such a lovely pic of you too. Everytime I see a layout I think this one is my fave... then I see the next one and so it goes on. I love visiting your blog.

  7. Another beautiful layout! Love the soft colors in the butterflies and flowers.


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