Glowing Lights

by Lydia Fiedler

Learn to get the warm glow of Christmas lights with a simple technique using a white gel pen and pastels. This tutorial was inspired by member gregzgurl, from blurred Christmas light background effect? by Jadiebird at Splitcoaststampers >this thread.


  • White gel pen

  • Chalk pastels (Stampin' Up! Pastels used here)

  • Cotton swabs

  • Dark cardstock

  • Tree dies (optional) (Stampin' Up! Perfect Pennants die used here)


  1. Step 1

    Using the white gel pen, draw white dots on your tree die cuts.

  2. Continue until all die cuts are covered.

  3. Step 2

    Using a cotton swab, pick up a lot of pastel - really make sure the swab is loaded with color.

  4. Step 3

    Using a circular motion, apply the pastel to the dots of white gel pen.

  5. Make sure you rub the pastel into the cardstock beyond the white gel pen dot - this creates the soft glow.

  6. Step 4

    Add additional colors as desired.

  7. Step 5

    Continue until each circle is covered with chalk pastel.

    When finished, blow the excess pastel dust off your cardstock.

    You can use a spray fixative, if desired, to keep the pastel from rubbing off.

  8. Step 6

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Glowing Lights. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This is just SERIOUSLY cool!! Can't wait to try it out - thank you!!
Jeannie Kupsh  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 3:58 AM
what did you use to emboss the white paper?
Nancy Stewart  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 4:16 AM
Thanks for sharing this technique, Lydia. It is such a fun one. Love those cards.
Benzi  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 6:27 AM
This is so pretty and so simple. This is something I will definitely do. Thank you.
Susan  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM
This is a really cool idea. I am going to use this technique on stars also. Thank you so much.
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:08 AM
I can't wait to try it! How clever you are!
Marnie Cerchiara  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:29 AM
Stunning Lydia. Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial.
Annette  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Soo cool...cant wait to try this! Wish my gel pen worked as good as yours...
Sue Titolo  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Thank you all for your comments! Nancy - this is the embossing folder that I used:
lydia  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Love these glowing Christmas lights!! What a fabulous tutorial! You'll be seeing these on some of my Christmas cards this year!

Thank you, Lydia!
Lynn McAuley  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM
What a great technique - thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to give it a try.
Cindy  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM
This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.
muscrat  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Beautiful technique! What kind of white gel pen do you use, I don't have much luck with them on dark paper.
debbie  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Hi Debbie!

I use the Stampin' Up! white gel pen - I go through a lot of them! We actually have a long thread on the care and feeding of white gel pens that might help you if you're having trouble with yours. You can see that thread here:
lydia  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM
This is fantastic, sure hope I find time to try it.
Barbara  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Wow! What a cool, no a hot idea! Love it, and can't wait to sit down and try it. TFS, Jean ~
Jean S  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM
way cool! love it Lydia! TFS!
Pam Sparks  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Oh my Gosh!! I love this technique, simple yet so effective. Will be making these soon and will be one of my "new" techs to share with my ladies. I will be checking out the thread on pens as I have major trouble w/them. BUT I tried my new chalk marker on a scrap and it worked perfect, so I am all set to make a few cards right away. THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!
Laurie Eldridge  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM
What an attractive technique. Gotta try it! Thank you for showing this.
Hope  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM
Lydia, this is fabulous. At first I thought you were capable of magic or had battery operated lights back there!! What a fabulous technique. You had me convinced there was real glowing going on. smile
Brenda Quintana  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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