My friend Judy gave me a box of Oil Pastels last week because she said she had purchased them and had never used them. (Yikes, I have a box in my cabinet that I hadn't used either). I thought since she was so sweet and generous, the first card I made with them should be one for HER. :) So, since I had no idea how to use them either, I researched and found a fabulous website called Wet Canvas which is a huge resource for art mediums. After reading all about Oil Pastels, I chose this Yvonne Albritton Designs "Calla Lilly" stamp and decided to give it a try.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Marvy Matchable Black #1 Ink and colored in the image with the Oil Pastels. Next, I blended the colors with Gamsol (an artist's blending fluid) and a blending stump (also called a tortillion). When my colors were blending to my liking, I sealed the image with Matte Acrylic spray which I purchased at Michael's.
I sewed the individual panels with my Janome Mini Sewing Machine and added the self adhesive Martha Stewart pearls along the scalloped edge (Martha Stewart punch) and on the side background panel. The panel was made by following the directions from a Technique Junkies newsletter~the technique is called Watercolor Resist.
The little corner flourish is a Cuttlebug die cut I purchased at my LSS(local stamp store "Stamp Works": StampWorks)
I hope you enjoy Judy's Calla Lilies in Oil Pastel!! (BTW, she came over today and I gave her the card. It was a big hit!)See? It pays to give away the things you're not using~maybe someone will make something for you and you get some of it back. Sort of!