Friday 27 September 2013

Getting busy with Metallic Pan Pastels!

Hi everyone!
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I just thought I'd share a project with you today featuring Metallic Pan Pastels - this is my absolute FAVOURITE product ever right now, the results you can achieve with card, the 6 colours and a Versamark inkpad are just stunning. If you haven't seen these yet or tried them they are really really high on my recommended list! Well worth the money and VERY versatile - you will think they are a cream like all other metallics or a wax, but they're not, they genuinely ARE the same texture and consistency as your other Pan Pastels! This means that they can be used in exactly the same way and with all the same great techniques you use normally - but with the added bonus that when mixed with the original colours they then become metallic too! AWESOME!

This really simple make was done by embossing black card with a Sizzix embossing folder then covering it with Versamark ink. Dab on a mixture of all 6 metallic colours then smooth them together with your Sofft sponge (If you use a normal sponge you really must switch to the Sofft sponges and applicators, we guarantee you will get better results!)...So smooth out the colours until you have a great coverage, then take a soft cloth or tissue and gently buff off the excess powder - this really will bring up an amazing shine! My top tip for using the metallics to give you a really great brushed metal effect... once you've finished, take one specific lighter colour and then sweep it slightly over any raised embossed areas and around all the edges. And voila! Completely looks like metal.

On this card I Also used a few die-cuts, again pressing them into Versamark first to make the Pan Pastel adhere better - if you do this you get a much more intense laydown and richer finish.
Look at the shine on the Butterfly, this blows me away every time I see it! The flowers are actually coloured with normal Pan Pastels (is there such a thing as 'normal'?) but because I used the autumnal browns and greens the metallic has completely changed the look of them and made thos look metallic too! Don't forget you can also use a cheap hairspray as you apply the colours - this will seal each layer so that you can then work on top and keep gaining a more intense and layered effect to your work.

So that's it from me today - please come back and join us on Sunday for our newly revamped Challenge!

Nikky x


  1. Hi ,
    I really love this site.
    I can't get pan pastels in Cape Town, but I love the site and learn such a lot from it.
    I would love to get some , but the Rand/Pound/dollar exchange rate makes it very expensive for me.
    I love the card above. I think it is absolutely stunning.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog.
    I hope everyone has a fantastic day and weekend.
    Lots of hugs to go round.
    Love and best wishes.

    1. Anne - I will find out where your nearest stockist is for you, Pan Pastels are available worldwide so I'm sure you can get some ; )

    2. Anne - Here are the details for the South African retailers of Pan Pastel:
      The Deckle Edge
      88 Upper Roodebloem Road
      University Estate
      Cape Town, Western Cape
      Tel: 021 448 6800

      Frame Domain
      Shop No 8
      Die Tuin Sentrum
      Oostewal Street
      Langebaan, Western Cape
      Tel: 082 5766619

      Hillcrest Art Supplies
      Stable 4
      Hornby Lifestyle Centre
      Country Lane
      Assagay, Kwa-Zulu Natal
      Tel: 031 7681006

  2. Wow those flowers look amazing Nikky, a fab card xx

  3. You know how I feel about the metallics I just need more play time *sulks*

  4. Wow Nikky, this is fab! Love the effect with the metallic pans
    Claire xx

  5. Thanks for sharing this Nicky - it's gorgeous. I now want the metallic PP's as well as 3/4 other PP colours and some sponges too! Looking forward to seeing the new and improved PP blog x


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