Thursday, February 20, 2014

Playing with my Gelatos - card backgrounds

I did it!! I finally sat down & played with my Faber-Castell Gelatos! And one of my new Impression Obsession Cover-a-card Stamps - Tapestry!  I couldn't decide on just one set of colors or embossing powder to use, so I stamped 3 full 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of cardstock, divided them into quadrants (well, based on the C-A-C stamp edges) & played with a variety!

The sheet above was stamped with VersaMark & I used Clear Embossing Powder, so pretty! I colored areas of the image using at least 3 colors of Gelatos then used my fingers & water to blend the colors in that area.  As long as I wiped off my finger(s) (or used a different finger) for each color within the area I was able to keep a bit of each color bold rather than blending it all into one new shade/color.

This one is with Black Embossing Powder, so rich!  I had already cut into the red area to make a card before I thought to take a picture of this sheet. :)

This one is with Gold Embossing Powder and earthtone colors.  I left one full stamped area uncolored, so elegant!

These sheets sat for a few days before I got back to them.  Though dry, the colors could still be rubbed, blended and even come off, especially if the paper got wet again somehow (like in the mail). I dug out my  Micro Glaze from JudiKins I had bought a few years ago but never used & rubbed it on to seal them.  Then I cut into the sheets to make a couple of Birthday cards! :) 

Stamps: Impression Obsession Cover-a-card Tapestry; Stampabilities-HB on red; Great Impressions-HB on blue
Ink: Faber-Castell Gelatos, VersaFine Black Onyx (HB), Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue (HB)
Other: Embossing Powder - Fine Clear, Fine Black, Fine Gold; JudiKins MicroGlaze; May Arts Ribbon, blue brads

The Gelatos were so fun to color with! I love the bright colors & the different looks achieved just by changing the color of embossing powder.  Faber-Castell has a great blog with ideas, tips, projects & videos for using Gelatos and their other great crafty tools!


  1. I GOT ONE, I GOT ONE !!!!! PURTY, PURTY, PURTY !!!!! Now I have to get my Gelatos out again and do this also....:-0
    Jean McGee (Mom)

  2. What gorgeous DP you created! There's nothing quite so fun as creating beautiful backgrounds! Your cards are beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog with your congrats! You made my day!


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