Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend are fast approaching, and that inspired me to create a red-white-and-blue scrapbook page featuring a couple of relatives and Pan Pastels. I just love Pan Pastels. They are so easy to use and so addictive! It is always fun finding new ways to use them.
I started this project with a couple of favorite family photos — some vintage pics of our men in uniform. I wanted to make a patriotic page, but didn’t have quite the right paper for it. While looking for something else, I came across the star metal stencil and I knew immediately how to make the perfect page.
My first step was to use the metal stencil to emboss my navy cardstock. This can be done the tedious “dry embossing” way (which would have taken quite a while), or it can be done the super easy way using your Sizzix Big Shot. I opted for easy. To build my sandwich for the Big Shot, I looked at the multipurpose platform for inspiration. When I got to Tab 2 and the description of how to run texture plates, I knew I was in business. Now the metal stencil is not nearly as thick as a texture plate, so I knew I couldn’t use the sandwich as described and would need modifications. So I started with the platform, tab 1 folded out. Then I added 2-3 shims (65 lb cardstock seemed most appropriate) and put a cutting plate over the top of them. Then it was time to place the stencil and paper. To keep them both in the proper place I used a low tack tape that wouldn’t stick too much to the surface and wouldn’t interfere with the design. I like Frog tape for this, but there are many other products that can be used. So the stencil goes face up on the cutting mat, paper goes face down on the stencil. I added my silicone rubber and finally the impressions pad. Then it is simply a matter of running it through the Big Shot. I always do a test to make sure that the impression is clear, etc. After my first try, I found that I needed to add another two shims to get a more crisp image. Very easy . . . a nice, crisp embossed image from a metal stencil.
Now that the image was embossed on the paper, it was time to add some color. I reached for my Titanium White (100.5) Pan Pastel and my oval (#3) Sofft palette knife to do this. Pan Pastels are very soft chalk — too soft to form into a stick or pencil. You just need a very light pressure to achieve good results with them. I carefully applied the chalk to my embossed design, focusing on not allowing the chalk to get too dark or too light — trying to keep everything about the same color, yet some clear differences to show it is handmade and not machine-made. Here is the completed blue field for my “flag”.
Then I needed to add the red stripes to the white 12×12 paper. I am not very good at straight lines, so I used a ruler to help me to get the initial lines straight. I went back over them with the ruler removed and “messed” them up a little – I really did not want a “perfect, straight line” look. Again this was so very easy with the Pan Pastels. This time I selected Permanent Red Pan Pastel (340.5) and a flat bar Sofft sponge. It was so very simple to create the stripes using the sponge and the Pan Pastel. Please see the short video for additional information on Pan Pastels generally, how I made the blue star field, and how I made the stripes. All too much fun!
As chalk, Pan Pastel will continue to rub off until it is sealed, etc. Ask at your local crafts store for a spray fixative that will seal the chalk. Mine takes about 15 minutes to dry. Once dry, you can continue with the page layout. I used a glue stick to attach the blue field in the upper left corner, and the two pictures below. I carefully added glue (from the glue stick) to each letter and placed them appropriately. (I previously cut the letters using the navy cardstock, my Big Shot and script letter dies by Memory Box).
I am very grateful for those that we celebrate on Memorial Day, the soldiers (and their families) who gave their life in service of our Country. Our family is so fortunate that neither of the soldiers pictured died in service to our Country.
Sizzix Big Shot with multipurpose platform, silicone rubber and impressions pad
Metal Stencil — the one I used is “Stars” by Dreamweaver
Alphabet dies – I used a script alphabet by Memory Box
Pan Pastels – 100.5 Titanium White; 340.5 Permanent Red
Sofft tools and sponges — I used #3 oval palette knife and cover and a flat sponge bar
Ruler or other straight surface (optional)
White 12×12 cardstock
Adhesive (I used a glue stick by EK Success)
Frog tape (or other low tack adhesive)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!