Christine says, “I am a card maker at heart but occasionally I like to step out of my comfort zone and create a piece of wall art. I always start with a card and then recreate it on an art board.”


Stamps Christine used...

  • Stampin Back: Half Sheet 148B The Idiot Flowers
  • Penny Black: Script; First Blush
  • The Stampin’ Place: Butterflies and Dragonflies
  • Impression Obsession Seth Apter: Solar System

Other materials...

  • 5” x 7” Artist canvas
  • Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative
  • Liquitex: Gesso; Matte Medium
  • VersaMark ink pad: Watermark
  • Ranger Archival ink pad: Jet Black
  • Pan Pastels: Phthalo Blue; Turquoise; Turquoise Tint; Magenta; Violet; Diarylide Yellow; Pearlescent Yellow; Bright Yellow Green
  • Art Extravagance Texture Paste: White Crackle
  • Carabelle Studio stencil: Echelle Du Temps
  • Memory Box stencil: Texture Rings and Puddles
  • Touch alcohol markers
  • Viva Décor Pearls: Yellow


Step-by-step… Pastel Garden

Paint the board with a layer of gesso, this helps the pastels to stick to the surface. 

Apply the pastel to the surface using soft sponges until the desired depth of colour is obtained.

Stamp using VersaMark to create background interest. I used a script stamp and a circular stamp to represent the sun.


Apply the pastel colours over the VersaMark. This will make the images stand out. Use a fixative to stop the pastels smudging.

Stamp your images in archival black ink using a stamp positioning tool, as the textured surface makes stamping difficult.

Colour the images using the smaller eye makeup sponges, you can use a pencil for some of this work. Seal with fixative.


Stamp more flower images using the stamp positioning tool. The overlapped flowers will be hidden.

Stamp additional flowers on white cardstock. Colour and fussy cut just the heads.

Use matte gel medium to adhere the flowers and seal the board. Stencil using crackle paste and add Viva Décor Pearls to the flowers.


To finish the project: I attached small hook to the art board to hang it on the wall.


This project first featured in the February 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine