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 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

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

Thanks so much for this tutorial! It's really cute. I love that it uses the ol' pastels - those poor babies don't get much action anymore nowadays with "new & better" products & techniques always coming out! wink
MrsHappyWife  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing
Pam Shield  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Wow Lydia, this is awesome - LOVE the glow. Can't wait to go to my craft room and try it out. Thanks so much for sharing this technique :-D
Jocelyn Knight  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Such a cute idea!
Lee Tayon  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM
How cool Lydia! I am going to try this. It's amazing how many things we can do with paper. Our only limit is our imagination. Thanks for sharing.
Sylvia Johnson  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM
What a great idea, live it. Thanks
Julie Gilbert  |  Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Such a simple method equals a great card! Thank you.
L Smoke  |  Mon Dec 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM
what was the name of the tombo adhesive you love. I can't tell you how many fails I have had with different glues.
carrie chase  |  Tue Nov 3, 2015 at 12:27 AM

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