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Creative Craft Time


We have had two rounds of “snowmageddon”, 20 plus inches of snow each time, here in Missouri and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for Spring. One good thing that came from all of these snow days is, I locked myself up in my craft room, turned the iPod on to shuffle and just had some much needed creative time. I picked up some of the new Gelato colors from a Faber-Castell class that I took at CHA back in January, that were still laying on my table and for some reason the bright colors just seemed to speak to me. Also laying on my desk was a scrap of cold press watercolor paper that I also picked up as a sample, so I decided to create an ATC card.

I first started by taking Faber-Castells Gesso and squeezed out a generous blob in the center of the watercolor paper. I wanted to have peaks and different heights, so I took Ranger’s Scrapper and scrapped the gesso around in the center of the card altering the pressure. Then let it dry.

Once the Gesso was dry, I knew I wanted to use something on top that the gesso would resist. So I pulled out my very vibrant Dylusion Sprays from Ranger. I first made puddles on my card with the Lemon Zest and then Puddled on the London Blue. When they hit each other they morphed and created a very yummy green color. I then wiped my card with a baby wipe and the sprays were very vibrant and rich on the direct contact of the watercolor paper and just a hint of color on top of the Gesso.  The Gesso pretty much did what I wanted it to and resisted the sprays and gave another layer of color/dimension. I then hit the card with a little heat to dry it 100% for the next step.

Make sure your surface is completely dry. On opposite corners, I took my Boysenberry and Margarita Mix Gelatos and just scribbled a good amount. It’s ok if the color is not solid. The watercolor paper kind of feels embossed so the Gelatos really pick up more on the peaks of the paper. Don’t you just love these colors? I can’t get enough of the Margarita Mix. Now you will take the baby wipe again and blend the Gelatos into the background and now they will be smooth. 

I then wanted to stamp an image in the center of the card and to have it stand out from the background. I applied Snow Cap acrylic paint from Ranger to the center of the card and spread it around with my finger. You don’t have to worry about heat setting this, it dries pretty quickly.

I added the black accents/images with Jet Black Arrival ink from Ranger. First stamp the bird and random script. The circles were created by using a found object in the house. I removed the foil seal off of one of my coffee K-cups and it worked perfect for the distress look I wanted. When you stamp the circles make sure to overlap your other stamped images that way they give a nice layered look. For the black lines I puddled the Jet Black reinker on my nonstick craft sheet, dipped the Ranger Scrapper into it and just drew lines across the card, again overlapping the previous images. For the finishing touch I felt it needed a little shimmer, so I stamped a flourish in opposite corners with Platinum Metallic Pigment ink from Clearsnap. I hope you enjoy my card and are inspired to create and play with some of the techniques I showed.




Designing with Donna Downy.

This was an amazing canvas that we worked on with Donna Downy at CHA this summer. We create an 8x8 collage canvas using Design Memory Craft Mix & Match Gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush pens. Donna Downy showed us how to Mix & Match mediums and colors to create a colorful and unique canvas collage. We learned many different techniques that included choosing a Gelato color palette and blending Gelatos to create backgrounds, creating depth and dimension using the Stamper's Big Brush and building layers to create our collage. 

Gelato's have so many uses. I love how easy and fun the Gelato's are to use. We just rubbed them on the canvas and then used our finger to blend and smooth the colors together. For the bird we colored the Gelatoss onto the bird stamp, spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto paper. We even pooled some color onto our mat with water and then flicked it onto the tag.