Have you tried Pan Pastels yet? They are artist’s pastels that come in shallow, wide pots. They are commonly applied with a sponge applicator. The colors are absolutely gorgeous! They blend flawlessly and easily lend themselves to gradient color applications such as backgrounds. I used them to create the background for the tag below.
The tag is made of medium pink cardstock. I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder. Then, I applied a medium blue Pan Pastel at the bottom, a purple on the center and a yellow at the top.
Be sure to try them! I am still experimenting a lot but love them!Link for Pan Pastels