I know I say this every week, but this may be my favorite. So let's get out our supplies and have some messy fun with stamps and Gelatos!
- paper (I'm using a Project Life Core Kit - Midnight Edition card)
- stamp(s) and Stamp Block (I'm using a Studio Calico exclusive stamp by Liz Tamanaha)
- embossing Ink (my favorite is VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, Clear )
- clear embossing powder
- Heat Tool
- Faber-Castell Mix & Match Gelatos
- paint brush and water or Water Brush
- Craft Sheet or poster board
I used a poster board for my craft mat so you can see the project better with the white background, but I highly recommend a craft mat and a few pieces of scratch paper folded in half length-wise for this messy and fun project. Are you ready to get started?
STAMP THE RESISTFirst we're going to stamp on our paper with the embossing ink all over.
I don't mind messy stamping for this kind of project, but if you want a "perfect" background I recommend using a large background stamp instead of the little strip that I used.
After we've filled up our piece of paper with our stamping, we will pour clear embossing powder over the top, making sure we cover all the embossing ink with it. This is where you want to be sure you have one of your folded up pieces of paper behind your project.
Then we're going to shake off the excess. Don't shake it too hard that it all comes off and doesn't stick to the ink. Just tap it gently on your piece of paper. The folded paper makes it easy to pour the excess embossing powder back into the bottle after you are done and before you pull out the heating tool. If you don't put the powder away, it will blow everywhere from the heating tool.
You can see the pattern on your card now. To set the embossing powder use a heating tool over it. You can see it transition and melt. Make sure it is all melted and set before moving on.
NOTE: I didn't want the pattern showing on the handwriting on the card, so I took an embossing pen, drew over the handwriting, poured embossing powder on again and heat set it again. If I were to do this project again, I would have drawn this prior to pouring the embossing powder the first time. It didn't get into the grooves as well as I had hoped.
COLOR WITH GELATOSNow for the fun part, draw on your card with the gelatos. Use one color or many colors, just know that they will be blending together so try to stick to colors that are in the same color family.
Since the stamped part is raised with the embossing, we need to get the color into the grooves. This step is optional. If you want a lighter watercolor effect, you can skip this step. If you want the color to be more vibrant, you want to rub and blend the colors in with your fingertip (like we did in this tutorial), making sure to get into those grooves and onto the paper. You can see it's already resisted the embossing, just from rubbing.
WATCH THE MAGICLast, you're going to take your wet paintbrush or waterbrush and start painting across it. You're basically cleaning off the excess and letting the embossed stamp show through.
Isn't this photo gorgeous? I seriously want to print this photo out and frame it for my entryway. I just LOVE all the mess. I made this card for my week 16 scrapbook album and will be back on Monday to share my completed page using this card as my title card.
Did you know there were so many things you can do with Gelatos? This is my fifth tutorial using Gelatos! Are you enjoying this mixed media tutorial series? Are there any techniques you've been wanting to learn? I have a million ideas running through my head, but I want to be sure I'm sharing techniques that you, my readers, want to learn. Feel free to leave a comment here with suggestions or pop me a message.
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