Friday Fixin’s — Using Those Gelatos

Last week I showed you some pieces I made using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos pigment sticks. It took me all week to figure out what to do with them! (Sometimes the creative block is a boulder!)

But I finally got crackin’! 

After trimming a few pieces, I played around with them. At first, I thought I’d go very simple, just mounting the image on a layer, then putting it on a card:

Even though I’m a simple kinda gal, it seemed too plain. Luckily, I had a new Martha Stewart border punch* to play with, so I added that:

(Tip: I ran the border through my “baby Xyron” sticker maker. It made it so easy to attach.) Not sure who made the paper — it may be from Stampin’ Up! The image came with the Gelatos and the name of the border punch is bangle chain.

Here’s the silver Gelatos piece:

(I edged the piece with black Sharpie and decided there was enough contrast so it didn’t need to be layered, as the gold did.)

One more:

This was extra fun because I ran a piece of white scrap paper through my Sizzix Big Kick using a Tim Holtz embossing folder then gently ran the silver Gelatos over the raised area. (Background stamped with Hero Arts large canvas stripes in white.)  After afixing the image (Crafty Individuals/Magenta), I thought about adding some punched flowers, but they were too fussy. Then I remembered the Candis* — little paper dots that remind me of a candy we ate as kids — and they added the perfect touch. (I afixed them using the Candi double stick foam pieces, which are tiny and just the right size. For more info on Candis, check out my CHA report in the Crafts ‘n things newsletter.)

Thanks for coming back!

*see disclaimer

Fabulous Finds Friday — Gelatos

Yum! Gelato! But these Gelatos have no calories. These Gelatos are creamy acid-free pigment sticks from Faber-Castell.

(see them here:

I’ve been having fun playing just a bit:

Here I’ve spread the yellow and orange set on slightly glossy cardstock on the left and a textured watercolor paper on the right. I misted lightly with water, then spread the creamy color using a paper towel.

And stamped this image (Crafty Individuals/Magenta) using black dye ink on the textured piece:

Here is another version with more pinks. The image (Hero Arts) was stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with clear powder:

The Gelatos were spread on the cardstocks, misted lightly with water, then spread using a paper towel. (Again, the texture of the watercolor paper gave me a less-than-perfect impression.)

In this next photo, I used the same process, but on smoother cardstock. When the Gelatos had dried (I zapped them with my heat tool), I sprayed with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls Mist, then stamped and black embossed the tree (Prickley Pear):

See the little glimmer?

I tried the friendship image again on the metallic blue colors. The smoother cardstock gave me a better impression.

And here are the metallic gold and silver:


On both of these samples I first rubbed Gelatos on my smooth cardstock, then smeared with a paper towel. I did not use water on these. The silver one was stamped using ColorBox black pigment ink then the whole thing was sprinkled with clear embossing powder. On the gold, I stamped using Ancient Page and just heated with my heat tool to set the ink.

Now… what to do with them? Come back next week and see what I’ve done!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Punchy Petals

I love flowers! I don’t garden, but that’s okay, because I get my flower power from stamps and punches! Flowers bloomed all over the Craft & Hobby show, and I’ve been picking a few favorites.

Today I’ll show you some punched flowers. These simple blossoms are made using Tonic Studio’s duo flower punch sets. The sets come with two different flower shapes so you can mix and match — what fun!

Here are two quick cards I made using scraps for the flowers:

This were so fast to make. The flowers were punched from scraps of vellum, with clear gemstones in the center. The sweet birdcage stamp is from Unity Stamp Company, the pretty cardstock is from an old Hero Arts set.

The flourish stamp is from Hero Arts, the “thank you” was cut from the front of a recycled card. The flowers were punched from scraps and pearls were set in the center.

And here’s a pretty one found at Tonic’s CHA booth (note the nice dimension you get from layering):

…. and on a scrapbook page:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up, I’ll show you how McGill lets you create beautiful blossoms from a variety of lever punches.

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Luscious Loralie

I found lots of big, bold, sassy stamp chicks at CHA, including the gals drawn and now rubberized by Loralie Harris, owner of Loralie’s Art Stamps. These luscious ladies are so sassy, so bold, so bodacious that you can’t help but smile when you see them — or stamp them!

How fun is she? Here are some other snapshots, taken at CHA:

And Miss Loralie herself:

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