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Crow and Christmas cards with Pan Pastels

You may not know this about me, but I'm an art supply skeptic.  (And yes, thank you, I am aware of the unfortunate acronym!) There was a time when the only supplies I ever touched were pencils, paints, and my beloved crayons.  Then I started scrapbooking (this was in 1992).  Then a friend of mine lured me into using her rubber stamps.  And then another friend enticed me with her Altered Pages collage sheets (true story)--it's been a slippery slope ever since, my friends.

ANYWAY, the point is, I was expecting NOT to be impressed with PanPastels.  Messy, dusty, smeary pastels.  In a pan.  So what.

HOWEVER, these aren't my mom's pastels, people.  They are so full of pigment I may never use a whole pan of one color in my lifetime.  They aren't messy or dusty at all, and they blend like a dream. 

So . . . I'll be snacking on a large helping of crow as you peruse these Christmas cards:
This one has a light blending of green with red stenciled over--Lyneen shows the technique in her post HERE.  I also like how you can stamp immediately and directly on top of the PanPastels.

The next two have the PanPastels blended on ledger paper, then stamped.  They also have some of the yellow blended into the backgrounds, and the edges of the papers are distressed ala PanPastel, as well.

The pre-printed patterned paper bits are from Graphic 45.  Have you started Christmasing yet?  Here is a  link for you to the many, MANY Altered Pages Christmas Collage Sheets

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember, leaving comments on the blog posts this month automatically enters you into the draw for a beautiful set of PanPastels . . .


  1. Gorgeous cards and yes I have started Christmasing :-)

  2. Thank you, Tonya-I usually don't start quite this soon, so I'm feeling very accomplished! ;)

    1. Beautiful cards. I wonder who that Altered Pages enabler could have been. ;)

  3. Beautiful cards. I've been drooling over the PanPastels for quite some time. Unfortunately I haven't been able to fit them in my budget at this time. Definitely on my wish list.

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  4. I giggled when I finally understood the CROW involved! Great work and I am so glad you are impressed!

  5. Love these cards. And, thanks for letting us know that panpastels aren't dusty, and that they can distress papers.

  6. Beautiful Christmas cards♥ I am starting early this year as I ran out of time last year!

  7. Lovely cards! Glad you got to discover PanPastels! They are awesome.

  8. What beautiful cards!!! the pastels certainly make the colouring easier!!!

  9. Wonderful cards Trisha! Makes me shutter to think about Christmas being around the corner but the cards area beautiful!

    and I agree about the pastels - they are so much fun!

  10. Beautiful holiday cards! Glad to read your report on the PanPastels.... they sound awesome!

  11. Don't the pans make a wonderful artistic touch to your designs Trisha......just beautiful! xx

  12. Fun and beautiful cards! Really a great blending of mediums.

  13. Really beautiful and fun Christmas cards, and so varied by using the Pan Pastels. TFS


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