Monday, March 30, 2015

Pastel Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you got some time to craft this weekend. It is Monday again and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week we are all about pastels. 

It was time to make Leo's very first scrapbooking layout and pastel colours work well for a baby. On this photo he could still wear the tiny baby clothing, which he has managed to outgrow now and his cheeks are now rounder. I also used pastels for the background, namely the great Pearlescent Pan Pastels. The background would work great on a card of art journal too. I took a few step photos as I was making this.

Working on Specialty Stamping Paper, stamp Tim Holtz pretty Floral background stamp with Versamark ink. Sponge with Pan Pastels, using Sofft tools. The design will magically appear since the colour goes on much darker on the areas where there is ink. Indeed, on the Specialty Stamping paper, the remaining areas will stay pretty much white. Other papers might grab onto more of the pastels.

Stamp the dot stamp from the same set here and there on the rest of the background and sponge with yellow Pearlescent Pan Pastels. It is kind of hard to see the effect on this photo.

I wanted to use Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo die and texture fade combo again. Check out this tutorial for another look of these butterflies. Die cut from vellum and sticky back canvas, which had first been adhered to cardstock. Emboss in the coordinating folder.

Apply Ranger's Emboss It Dabber around the edges of the vellum butterflies and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Melt with a heat gun. I love this effect and the remaining speckles here and there.

Layer the vellum butterflies on top of the canvas ones and staple at the body only, so that you can shape the wings a little to give them dimension.

Die cut two tags from cardstock using one of the dies from the Tag Collection. Tie with a linen ribbon and write your journaling on the tags. You can of course use more tags if you need too.
Emboss three pieces of white cardstock to use as a photo mat and make a pocket behind them, so that you can tuck the tags in there. I love this Sketch Heart die by Simon Says Stamp. White paint was rubbed into the word on the Typed Token.

I die cut three flags from white paper and stamped Hashtag words on them. Shape the flags to give them dimension.

Tim's Correspondence set is a new favourite of mine and it consists of a lot of stamps. The stamps have a postage theme, and many of them work really well as sentiments on different types of projects. 

I've used the idea-ology Heart Charms a lot, and the Shield Charms are just as sweet. You can pick a sticker to fit with your project and then add the coordinating epoxy sticker on top. 

The Flash card was softened with some white paint. 

The stamping was done with various Archival Inks. I love this adventure sentiment stamp, and it fit perfectly here. The small tags also come from the Tag Collection set, die cut from patterned paper.

It is very hard to capture the pearlescent shine of the pastels on a photo, maybe you can spot it a little better here. The word was die cut with the Handwritten Love die.

I hope you will join us this week in our pastel challenge! If you do, you might be the one who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!




  1. I don't know whether I loved looking at your art more or at the pictures of your sweet baby more! Both are so precious and your little one is so lucky to have a talented mom to chronicle his days and memories. Love this and the attention to detail is remarkable!

  2. What an adorable boy! I can't believe you are already scrapping layouts for the baby and they are fantastic! Beautiful use of the Pan Pastels on the background.

  3. Lovely, soft page! Glad to hear Leo is doing well. Hello to Anton.

  4. Ah a perfect layout for your baby boy. I haven't seen the pearly pan pastels but I love the background you created and the butterflies look wonderful. Hope all is going well for you and so glad to hear that Leo is thriving <3

  5. Oh wow Anna-Karin, I love the effect of the PPs on the background, it is gorgeous. Leo is just the cutest little boy ever! He is adorable - oh, and your layout is beautiful too! Anne x

  6. And what an adventure it is....LOVE your LO and the techniques, sentiments and design are exceptional!!

  7. Baby Leo is just so precious! My goodness! I love the coloring you added after embossing in your background :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Lovely Anna-Karin and what an adorable picture of Leo which looks gorgeous against your pretty backdrop x x x

  9. Beautiful blend of pastel colors, Anna Karin. Love this layout with Leo's pic :)

  10. This is one of the first page layouts I've ever been drawn to. I'm mostly into card making but this is absolutely breathtaking, esp your baby!! But the work you put into it, all the stamping, sponging, die cutting, stamping, embossing, stamping, did I mention stamping? So beautiful!

  11. Stunning is the only word to describe this layout Anna-Karin and congrats on little Leo x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  12. Totally a beautiful layout thank you for sharing~!!

  13. I don't know how you have all the time to make such a gorgeous spread and take care of baby and you! Gorgeous and stunning! He's a cutie!

  14. Ohh Leo such a sweetie! His first layout is gorgeous! The background with the pastels is so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Adorei as cores!
    Lindo trabalho.

  16. So adorable Anna-Karin, both sweet Leo and your gorgeous layout! What a wonderful first page for your new bundle of joy, thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Such a gorgeous layout, Anna-Karin. Love the adorable photos of Leo! He is so cute! :)

  18. Little Leo is really adorable! Your LO is so full of inetresting techniques , that surely I will use in the future! The pan pastel are really exceptional, make me want to try them! Happy Easter! Barbarayaya

  19. What can I say's such a beautiful page for the most gorgeous baby boy! I'm absolutely in love with Leo and if you ever need a break, I'll be your babysitter, lol! Wonderful work as always, Anna-Karin... :)

  20. Oh my goodness!!!! HUGE congrats! So very precious :)

  21. Your layout is just beautiful. Love the soft pastels and your little baby boy is just adorable. Your art work is amazing.


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