Sunday, July 21, 2013

Faber Castells Gelatos!

Welcome back! The summer has been very hot, so working in my basement craft area has been a welcome relief from the heat of the day.

I've been having fun using my new Faber Castells Gelatos ® to create colorful backgrounds and amazing watercolored images!  I've just received them, so I'm developing my techniques gradually, so mistakes happen as I learn...some for the better and some you'll never see. The card to the right (3 flowers) uses gelatos for the dry embossed background (coloring onto the embossing folder with light blue and gold) and with an Aqua Painter ® and coloring onto the petals with the gelatos (light blue and two shades of pink). They are very similar to the Stampin' Up!
® Watercolor Crayons, except that they tend to be more opaque and come in metallics.
The next two cards (peach shades) have used the gelatos and ink pads to create the background effects. I scribbled several shades of gelatos onto an acetate sheet, then squirted with water, then smooshed the cardstock onto the wet acetate.  I was able to get 3-1/2 card fronts from the acetate before I would need to add more. I left several white areas, in order to add some Burnt Sugar ink to contrast with the peach shades.  The watercolor painted bird, on watercolor cardstock, was colored with scribbling gelatos onto the various parts of the cardstock, then, using a very wet Aqua Painter ®, blending the colors.  A white gel pen completed the highlights on the bird and grass.

The Mosaic Madness ® easel card (right) uses various shades of gelatos on the embossing folder which are scribbled onto the folder, then spritzed with water before running it through the Big Shot ® to create the mosaic background. I used very bright colors, which then required some intense stamped and punched images to complete the look.

The "feel better soon" card uses one of the new embossing folders with gelatos scribbled then spritzed again. The flower is, as above, watercolored using gelatos and an Aqua Painter
®. The new lace tape is an easy addition to embellish the card.
"This too shall pass" uses Whisper White cardstock that has been scribbled on with multiple shades, then rubbed around with my fingers until completely covered. It gets wiped with a paper towel, then it was run through the Big Shot ® with an embossing folder. The little flowers were created with clay and the flower molds, then colored with markers and Crystal Effects was added for a glossy effect. The frame around the words was filled in using a Versamarker.

I'll keep adding to the techniques, as I sort them out.

There was some discussion online regarding the gelatos versus the children's gel sticks...It seems that the gel sticks, which are significantly cheaper, are not acid-free and archival, whereas the gelatos are.  If you're making cards, the much cheaper children's gel sticks will keep your costs down.  If you are going to use them for both scrapbooking, cardmaking and other art forms, get the gelatos, as long as you can afford the expense!

Monday, July 1, 2013

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I've been going back in time, trying out my straight pens and ink, calligraphy, watercolors, old stamp sets, etc. to come up with new looks for cards. As you saw in last week's posting, I love the effects that you can achieve with watercolor paints and inks!  They don't ALWAYS turn out the way I expect them to -- sometimes they are better, sometimes they just don't cut it.
This card is stamped after having been "colored" with watercolor crayons. I then painted them to make the colors more vivid. White gel pen was used to bring more details to the petals.

The silouette card uses the magic masking tape technique: really easy and fun to do (see  

The water bird picture uses brayer techniques, with sponging and stamped images added after the braying is completed. This is a fun card, but sure leaves your hands covered in various colors of ink!

   The d├ęcoupage iris card has a punched edge and has 4 layers of cutouts to give it dimension. This is the first time I've purchased precuts to make the d├ęcoupage and found the card much quicker (of course) to make. I have a few more to try...

The last card has a series of leftover papers and stickers used on an oval, to create a "window" effect. It's simple to do, not as complicated as iris folding, and uses up those little bits that you just couldn't toss out!

If you wish to know how to make any of the attached cards, let me know!  I'd be happy to explain it to you.