Friday, July 26, 2013

A Susan's Garden Pan Pastels Technique with Daffodil Die Flower Tutorial

I received a beautiful new JustRite Background stamp called "Secret Garden".   When you stamp this background the "background" is what stamps leaving the design the same color as your card stock.  I wanted to find a way to get various colors on this background.  I decided to stamp with VersaMark on white card stock and to add color used the Susan's Garden PanPastels. Before I show you how I did this, I will tell you about the other products used to create this card.  

On the background behind the stamped image, I used the eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder.  The pretty die behind the flower is the Joy Crafts 6002/0258 doily.  I created a flower to somewhat match the one in the stamped background by using the Susan's Garden "Daffodil" die for the flower and the leaves from the Susan's Garden "Rose" die set. 


First I have to tell you it was so easy and very fun blending the Pan Pastels over the VersaMark to color this pretty background.  I used one the blending tools that comes with the PanPastels and started rubbing the bright yellow over the design.

Next I used a little Orange Pan Pastel and ended by blending in the Rust PanPastel.  When you pick up the color, you want to lightly go around in circles to pick up just a small amount.  It takes much less than using traditional pastels (chalks).  The colors blended together so well.  Once I was happy with the color combination, I used a soft cloth to rub over the entire design.  This actually left a slight sheen that is beautiful.

The next thing I wanted to do was create a flower that was similar to the one in the stamped background.  I found the perfect dies.  I used the Susan's Garden "Daffodil" dies.  I die cut all the flower petals four times, each time with a double piece of card stock.   Many times I die cut my flower petals using white or vanilla card stock and color them with the Pan Pastels to achieve a specialized color to match my project.

I wanted to pick up the same colors as in the background, so I used the yellow Pan Pastels at the base of each petal.  I am working on a Newsprint Pad and I am sorry it looks so messy. 

Next I used the rust Pan Pastel over the rest of each petal blending down into the yellow. I did add the rust to the back of each petal because I knew some of the petals would be formed up and show the back.

Once the petals were all colored, I used the tools in the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit to shape them. I started by using the pointed tool in the Kit to draw lines, using the leaf pad, then used one of the stylus to "cup" each one.  After that I used the self-closing tweezers in the kit to pinch the base of each petal for further shaping.

You can see the lines drawn on each petal in this picture.   I created three layers of petals for this flower.  There are 5 sizes of petals in the Daffodil set and I used the largest ones for the bottom layer.  They were attached to the 6-point calyx that is in the daffodil set.  I created two more layers; for the middle layer I used the medium sized petals and for the top layer used the longer, more narrow petals.

The lower petals were shaped down and the narrow petals were shaped up.  For the center of the flower you can use the stamen from the Susan's Garden "Lily" die set. 
The leaves were dies cut using the Susan's Garden "Rose" leaf dies.  They were also shaped and colored with the Pan Pastels.

I hope this tutorial helps give you additional ideas for using the Susan's Garden Pan Pastels.  Also don't be afraid to use those flower dies to create many different types of flowers.  It is always fun to try and create flowers that are in design paper or in a stamped image such as this pretty JustRite "Secret Garden" Background Stamp.

Products used:

JustRite "Secret Garden Background Stamp" (CL-04490)
Joy Crafts Doily (6002/0258)
eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder
Susan's Garden Pan Pastels
Susan's Garden "Daffodil" die set  (658414)
Susan's Garden "Rose" die set (658411)
Susan's Garden "Lily" die set (658275)
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit



Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is just stunning and so creative from the beautiful handmade background to the scrumptiously self made flower. And of course the colours are jaw dropping.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Glenda Brooks said...

Oh my goodness, your flower is beautiful. I've been wondering about this product and how to use it. You have done a great background and tutorial!

Leanne ... said...


You sure are clever with that die cut. Your flower is beautiful and so is the card.
I've thought of using my Susan's Garden Lily petals to try to make it into a different type of flower. Just haven't found the time yet? You inspire me.


Debbie said...

Wonderful tutorial. I recently bought a bunch of Susan's dies and Pan Pastels and I've just been amazed at how beautiful everything has been turning out. The Pan Pastels make paper look like an actual flower.

Jan Castle said...

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely! Thank you for the tutorial will be a big help (as soon as my tool kit arrives next week)! Woo Hoo!
Paper Hugs,

annekescardart said...

This is just very beautifull. Thanks for showing. I am going to try it.
Anneke Voskuijl.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is just GORGEOUS Selma! I love the colors & techniques you've used! Just stunning and I'm so inspired to 'get busy'!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Carol Tummon said...


What a fabulous card and I really love the colours. Thanks so much for your huge kindness in sharing your creations with us giving us the 'how to's' so we take inspiration and create our own.
I have just loved all your creations over the last week or so as they are so lovely.
All the very best.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo very much, Selma, for letting us know that the daffodil die can also make such a beautiful flower like this. I had NO idea! Also, thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial. They help greatly in teaching us many "new" techniques.

Happy Crafting!
Debi Lefever

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card!Love your work!Thank you for the tutorial!!!

Anonymous said...

Selma this is gorgeous. I love how you come up with so many different ways to use the products we buy or are thinking of buying. I have wondered about the Pan Pastels and now I see they can be used for a lot of things. I will have to buy them for sure. Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial. Also, I love how you show us so many ways to use our dies. Who would have thought you could make a beautiful flower like that out of the daffodil dies. You are just so creative and I really look forward to each and every email you send. Joan must love you to death.


mddavis53 said...

I love this technique. I do have a question re the resist technique. When you stamp with the Versamark are you embossing with clear embossing powder, heat setting it before adding the pastels or something else? When I did this with chalks in the past it was called chalk popping and the chalk color came out darker rather than leaving the white of the paper showing.
Thanks for l your fabulous tutorials

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

This is beautiful, Selma! Your creations are always gorgeous!

Selma said...

In answer to Marion's question -- I did use white card stock and only stamped with VersaMark ink. I did not add embossing powder. I didn't wait for the ink to dry. The PanPastels did lightly color the white card stock, but I love the soft color. All three colors were applied and still the portions without ink remained very light.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing. I just discovered you on Pinterest and love your work. I have been surfing your blog and love all your tutorials. Amazing work! Lola Gelespie

April said...

Gorgeous card! I love the background and flower!

Anonymous said...

This is truly beautiful

Patricia Gessner

Paula said...

I just got my Pan pastels yesterday and this tutorial is a big help. Can't wait to play. Your card is lovely.

Anonymous said...

I have only just found out about your tutorials. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You have opened a new life for me.

Merilyn Lydiard

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