Over at the Pan Pastel Challenge Blog the topic is "anything goes". For my card I have used a gorgeous new stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps. It is called "Iridessa and Breena" and is designed by Norma J Burnell. When I see such wonderful images like this I wish I could draw. For my card I have made an A6 size. I always used to make cards this size, then moved to A5 and now seem to prefer either 6x6 inch or 8x8 inch sized cards. Here in the UK we have a "Craft for Life" Appeal which is run by DoCrafts in conjunction with Cancer Research UK. You make an A6 card, pop it into the special bags and take into a local Cancer Shop and they will sell on your behalf to raise funds. I like to make 50+ cards each year for this appeal as cancer has affected my family and friends.
I decided not to use backing papers but made my own using a diamond/cross mask and used my Dairylide Yellow Pan Pastel through the mask with the special Pan Pastel sponge. I then used a freebie butterfly mask and my Permanent Red Pan Pastel. Thsi time though I used my new brush to use with Pan Pastels and intricate masks (as with intricate masks they tend to pull the sponges to pieces after prolonged use). I'd seen mention on TV about using a brush with Pan Pastels so went ahead and used one of my Inkylicious brushes. This is a BIG no-no as it hacked at the Pan Pastel. I then bought a brush from Nikki at Polkadoodles and all I will say it is so soft and amazing how it transfers the Pan Pastel. I think I need one for each colour family now.
The image I have coloured with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers/Pan Pastels and edged the image with my yellow and red Pan Pastel to get a perfect match with the backing paper I made. I have finished the card off with some die-cut Marianne Designs butterflies, pearls and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Marianne Designs Divas - Get your dies out
Crafting When We Can - Mad for markers
Pan Pastel - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Animal antics