Pastel Metal Effects

by Kyra Sanders

Use PanPastels for a textured metallic finish.


  • Black cardstock cut to 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • Detailed embossing folder (Stampin’ Up!® 3D Dynamic Hexagons used here)
  • Watermark or embossing ink pad (Versamark used here)
  • PanPastel Metallic Set (colors used here: bronze, copper, silver, pewter, rich gold, light gold)
  • Blending tool (recommended: Sofft Sponges or Ranger Ink Blending Tool and foam)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Emboss the black cardstock using your machine’s sandwich for 3D folders.

  2. Step 2

    Press embossing ink, directly from the pad, over the embossed panel. Make sure it’s fully covered.

  3. Step 3

    Apply the first color of PanPastels using a circular motion.

  4. Step 4

    Continue applying other colors over different areas of the paper. Allow the colors to overlap. When changing colors, simply wipe the excess color on a piece of scrap paper or paper towel. The colors will stain the tool but will not contaminate the pastel in the pan or tool.

  5. Step 5

    Cut your panel to fit your project and embellish as desired.

    Seal the panel with a fixative spray.

  6. Step 6

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pastel Metal Effects. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I am not familiar with Pan Pastels, but you certainly made them look like something I would like to invest in!. I enjoyed your simple presentation and tried to find other videos you have made, but was unsuccessful. Can you let me know where to look?
SarahSaulsbery  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 6:04 AM
Sarah, search for scrapacat on Youtube! smile
dina  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 6:58 AM
The pan pastels, are they Twinkling H2o's or Perfect pearls? I guess either would probably work.
stamps4funGin  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 8:57 AM
No, they're neither... Twinkling H2Os are a watercolor paint, and Perfect Pearls are a mica powder. This is compressed pastel pigment. The Perfect Pearls would work with the Versamark, but I don't think they'd have the intensity or saturation of the PanPastels.
dina  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 9:34 AM
I used a mica powder eyeshadow on versamark. It works but like Dina says I don't think it's quite as intense. I plan to get some pan pastels eventually and try it again
muscrat  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 10:42 AM
Kyra......thanks for sharing your technique...wonderful!
Susanne527  |  Wed Oct 14, 2020 at 7:27 PM
I got some beautiful Pan Pastels from Blue Knight, Hobby Lobby, and Dick Blick. I love how smooth these pastels are (chalk, basically). They go on smoother than any other chalks I've used. I love how you used them over Versamark!! I'm definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for a great video.
Desert Stamper  |  Fri Oct 16, 2020 at 1:31 PM

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