Pastels on Black

by Beate Johns

Learn how to make images pop on black cardstock with pastel pencils.


  • Outline Stamps (Verve's Great Friend used here)

  • Embossing ink

  • Silver or white embossing powder

  • Heat gun

  • PITT Pastel Pencil

  • White Gelato Pen optional


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images on black cardstock with Embossing ink.

  2. Step 2

    Pour embossing powder over over the cardstock.

  3. Tap off excess powder.

  4. Step 3

    Heat the powder

  5. until all powder is melted.

  6. Step 4

    Add color with a pastel pencil to the image.

  7. Rub slightly over it with your finger to blend your base color.

  8. Step 5

    Add more detail with a light colored pencil.

  9. Then add some more color with a slightly darker pencil.

  10. Step 6

    Continue to color all the images.

  11. Step 7

    Color the edges of your cardstock with a white gelato.

  12. Rub the gelato towards the inside of the cardstock with your finger or with a baby wipe to add a soft white edge.

  13. Step 8

    Finish your project.



    Try other pencil types.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pastels on Black. 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.

What exactly are pastel pencils? Can watercolor pencils or chalks with a blender pen be substituted? I have never seen the white pen either, where can I purchase one?
Thanks for the inspiration!!!
Mary T  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 4:45 AM
Love, love, love the die, what is the name of it? Thanks.
judi  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 5:02 AM
You can substitute other pencils, but I don't know how well they will show up. Try it on a piece of scrap piece of black cardstock. I am not sure if the blender pen would dim the colors of the pastels. might have to try on a scrap piece first.

I really like the gelatos. The white on the outside was created with a white gelato stick. They are from Faber-Castell. Try searching with google for Faber-Castell Gelato and you will find online places to purchase them from.
Beate  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 5:54 AM
I have never heard of a White Gelato Pen. Where can I find them?
Jay  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 6:09 AM
Fun tutorial Beate! I am going to try this...putting PTT pastel chalk pencils and Gelato stick on my LSS list! Thanks!
Susanne  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 6:35 AM
I have never heard of the Gelato stick but have seen them for sale on Could you please tell me how they are used and what effect they give to the card. It didn't show up on the video too much. This card is lovley and can't wait to try. thanks so much. fran macdonald
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Also, one more question. What is the size of the card and the black card stock. thanks again. fran macdonald
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 6:58 AM
does anyone know which die is used for the white "tag" that says "just because" on the card.
judi  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 7:01 AM
Que des bravos
Md  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 7:14 AM
Lovely card...and love this technique!!! will have to give it a try....but I don't know what gelato is...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM
superbes simple a faire mais très joliee carte
bise raymonde
raymonde  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Wow, I love this easy and very pretty technique. Beatte is just my all time favorite card maker! I love to see her demonstrations and usually go right to my scraproom and make the card!
Karen  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Gelatos are creamy sticks of color. You can use them directly on paper then smooth them out with your fingers or a baby wipe or go over with a watercolor brush.
You can ink your stamps with them and then stamp (check this tutorial for step by step instructions and a video). You can create your own colored spray (scrape some gelato off the stick and dilute with water in a mister), make your own paint (scrap gelato off and mix with gesso or acrylic paint) or watercolor with them.
The best part is that they dry waterproof. I haven't made a clothing item yet, but it's on my to do list.
beate  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM
for this card I used the white gelato to soften the edges of the black cardstock square. Check step 7 for close up pictures.
Check our Product Review for more samples made with gelatos (scroll all the way down and click on gallery).
The card base is a 4 1/4" square and the black square measures 3 1/4". It was cut and embossed with a Classic Square Nestabilities die.
beate  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM
The white tag was cut with a Flourishes exclusive Spellbinders die called Tailor Made Classic Keyhole die.
beate  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM
I enjoyed the tutorial and am going to try it out. Thank you. The card is quite lovely.
Wolfynn  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM
Since the chalk pencils so easily smear or rub off when you touch them, is there some way to "set" the chalk once you have finished coloring? I imagine it might transfer to the inside of the envelope.
Tina  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Loved the video, new to card making and stamping so gathering as much info as possible. Haven't seen this technique and am anxious to try it. Thanks!

PS ..used to live in Edmond, way out on Council Rd. I always loved not only Edmond but OK and OK has the best people...and trust me, I have lived in a lot of places. I lived there at the time of the bombing...Husband was the information officer for Anthony' you know how close he was ...
Ruthieg  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Absolutely love this, Beate. Will have to find a gellato marker/pen and try it out. The white embossed background makes it pop too!
Cindy  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM
what did you use to set the chalk, when I tried the chalk rubs off the card. is SUPER SURFACE SEALER ok to use. I don't care for it too much it has to strong an oder to use indoor.Do you have something else to recommend.
anita  |  Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

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