PanPastel Lily

by Kittie Caracciolo

Learn to add realistic details to a die cut flower.


  • Floral dies (Sizzix® Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Flower, Lily used here)
  • Cardstock
  • Pastels (PanPastel® Magenta, Diarylide Yellow, and Bright Yellow Green used here)
  • Shaping tools and tweezers (Sizzix® Susan's Garden Tool Kit used here)
  • Blending tool or other applicator (PanPastel® Sofft Knives and Covers used here)
  • Marker for adding details (Copic® Rose Red R85 used here)
  • High-tack glue (Crafter’s Pick™ Ultimate Glue used here)
  • Drying tray
  • Embellishments (Flower Soft™ Leaf Green used here)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut flower petals and parts.

  2. Step 2

    Lightly apply yellow pastel toward the center of each petal using a blending tool.

    Chalks or inks can also be used.

  3. Blend magenta pastel over the petal, into the yellow area.

  4. Step 3

    Apply yellow green pastel to the lower portion of the petals.

  5. Lightly apply yellow green pastel to the stamen piece.

  6. Step 4

    Lightly apply yellow green pastel to the leaves.

  7. Step 5

    Color the tips of the stamen on both sides with a marker. Apply a few dots to each petal with the marker.

  8. Step 6

    Place the petals on a foam molding pad and run a loop tool or other rounded tool from the tip of the petal down the center to the bottom, lightly pushing down to create a natural curved form. Repeat the step by running the tool down the sides of the petal to turn them up.

  9. Step 7

    Score the leaves with a leaf tool or stylus on a foam pad to create a few natural lines.

  10. Form the calyx using the large stylus, pushing into the molding pad and moving in a light circular motion until the small petals turn up.

  11. Step 8

    Dip the petals into a little glue and attach them to the flower base, alternating every other opening.

  12. Repeat the steps to attach the remaining petals.

  13. Step 9

    Place the assembled lily into the flower pot tray or other form, to maintain the flower's shape as the glue dries.

  14. Step 10

    Roll the stamen around a tweezers tip and apply glue to hold it closed.

  15. Apply glue to the tips of the stamen; apply green Flower Soft and allow to dry.

  16. Step 11

    Apply glue to the base of the stamen and attach the piece to the center of the lily. Hold it in place until it adheres well enough to stay in place on its own. Let glue dry.

  17. Step 12

    Attach the leaves to the flower base, and 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 PanPastel Lily. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for this tutorial. It came at a good time as I just bought this die over the weekend; my first in this series. Now I can learn how to use it. I love your finished card. Thanks for sharing.
Edie  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 4:32 AM
Have this die set but haven't used yet. This really helps and inspires. Thanks for this great tutorial
Phyllis  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 6:40 AM
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!
Fran Gumprecht  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 6:42 AM
Gorgeous! Now I have to add flower making to my to do list!
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM
Thanks Kittie for making this tutorial. Loved watching you work. Your cards are all awazing.
Thanks for sharing.
Kris  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM
Thank you for the step by step tutorial it helps to see how others do things. Is pan pastel a chalk, does it rub off like chalk does or does it dry permanent? You do lovely work and I really enjoyed your video.
Nan pedro  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM
As always your work is stunning !!! Kittie you are such a fabolous artist, thank you for sharing your creations with us. It is much appreciated !!
Hugs from SPAIN
Monica Blitger  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM
I'm off to find this die set today. I love this flower and I love the technique used. Thanks so much.
Debbie Williams  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 8:53 AM
Oh, my goodness, I do love this. Thank you.
Beverly Parkison  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Nan, PanPastel is like chalk and it can rub off a little. You can use a spray fixative to set the color if you wish. I hope this helps.
Kittie  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I've read your tutorials many times, but it was a real treat to actually see you at work. Thanks so much for sharing your art and talent with us.
NancyJ  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Thanks so much for this very informative tutorial! You are so very talented, and I appreciate all the help I can get from artists like you.
Donna Whitten  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM
kitti, I have to tell you that I bought the Lily die just a week ago. My Lily turned out really pretty but a little flat, I did not have a little cup to support it while it dried. I must tell you how much you have mentored me. I have followed so many of your tutorials, die cutting etc. I have wished for a friend like you. So thank you for sharing your talents with those of us who love learning.
Alene (Lynn) Lopau  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM
I'm always looking for advice on making paper floral displays. I do love 3D flowers! It's such a dramatic look! People are surprised at what can be done with paper and the right tools. Only problem comes in the mailing. Thank goodness for padded envelopes and boxes! Thanks for this tutorial.
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM
As soon as I came into the site and saw that flower, Kittie, your name was all over it:)!! Since I love to see your work, even if I don't have any of this stuff, i read and noted every exquisite step and detail. Then, since it's been a couple of years, i watched the video to see you at work IRL and to hear your sweet voice:) i am all smiley now. Thanks for continuing to share so much of this paper passion that you own. Hugs~
Michele ( mitchygitchygoomy)  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM
Your Lily is absolutely gorgeous, Kittie, and so realistic! I will probably never have the patience to do this, but I loved watching how it is one!
claudia zimmerman  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM
Oh Kittie, thank you for making a video tutorial along with the photographs. APPLAUSE!!!!!! I am a big fan of your flowers and scenic cards!!!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Wow - this is so pretty! I am going to try it!
Nancy Williams  |  Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 4:08 AM
Gorgeous coloring. Do Pan Pastels differ in any major way from other chalks?
2Tibetans  |  Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I am sorry that I don't have much experience with other chalks. I did have Stampin' Up! pastels years ago but never was able to do well with them. It was not the fault of the chals but the user. LOL!

I found the PanPAstel to be much easier for me to use because of the ease of blending, wiping off to lighten color, to be able to layer color over color and even the ability to erase. Erasing was very useful to me as I htried playing and learning to use the pastels.

I'm going to copy and paste the description I found on the PanPastel site. I sure hope it helps.

"PanPastel Colors are professional artistsí quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint"

"Each PanPastel Color is loaded with the highest quality artistsí pigments; and is made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder, resulting in rich, ultra soft and low dust colors. PanPastel Colors can be mixed for an infinite palette of colors."
Kittie  |  Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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