Experimenting With…Paper Texture Stamping

What to do when your mojo has hit rock bottom? Experiment of course! Yep, I am having one of those days again and I need a bit of a creative breather, where I am still working but not having to come up with a finished make.

So I thought I would try out some different stamping textures by stamping with the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens, from Kuretake and also available from Make The Day Special, on different papers in my stash.

The stamp I’m using is the Merry and Bright Unity Itty Bitty stamps also available from Make The Day Special.

I’ve also been experimenting with my photos again in Photoshop. Bit like the Hipstamatic pictures that were all the rage a year or so ago when everyone started downloading the iPhone app don’t you think?

Well that’s it from Kim Labs for today.

Hope you are having a good creative Tuesday.



Experimenting With…PanPastel On Surfaces

No finished makes to show today but a bit of experimenting instead for a change.

Readers of Crafty Makes will know that I did a PanPastel review recently and that I have a special offer of 10% off all PanPastel and Sofft Tools with code PanPastel10 sponsored by

I’ve continued to try the pastels out, I wanted to see how the PanPastels worked on different surfaces and I thought I would share the results so far with you all. Another long post I’m afraid, but it is mostly pictures.

I grabbed some of my favourite papers and surfaces and some other scraps that I had to hand. I brushed the PanPastels on with Sofft tools, used masks and also tried a spot of stamping with Versamark.

First up I used different colours of the Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Paper:

Purple Pastel Paper with Bright Yellow Green and Turquoise

Black Pastel Paper with Permanent Red and White

Cream Pastel Paper with Bright Yellow Green and Turquoise.

Next fabric – of course!

Fabric with Bright Yellow Green and Turquoise

Another favourite surface of mine – book pages:

Untreated Book Page with Magenta and Turquoise

Gesso treated Book Page with Magenta and Tuquoise

Then a bit of cardboard

Corrugated card with Permanent red and Bright Yellow Green

How about on some Designer Paper? 

Designer paper with Bright Yellow Green and Turquoise

My final swatch shows the PanPastels on Crackle Paste from Golden

Golden Crackle paste with Permanent Red and Bright Yellow Green

These are examples of some of the surfaces I tried out, I didn’t want to completely swamp you! The PanPastel worked beautifully on all the surfaces even the smoother papers like the designer papers.

I would love to know what surfaces you have tried PanPastel on and what you thought.

Happy experimenting.