Exploring Gelatos & a {late} Stamp Winner!

Happy Saturday friends! First let me apologize, I completely forgot to announce the winner of last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! It’s: Dee Snow! Dee, check your email for instructions;) I get so thrown off schedule when the kids have short school weeks!

I got a request from a  YouTube viewer to show some techniques for use with Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Sticks.  They hare chapstick like tubes of creamy color. They are pretty strait forward to use but I completely understand the wee bit of creative paralysis one get when faced with a new supply. The best way to learn about a new medium is to use it I think so to break the ice for you I made a card using most of the techniques I could think of. Grab some cream cardstock and let’s play!

In the video I mentioned Nancy Waterman’s excellent e-article on Gelatos and Gelsticks, you can download it for free here. I’m sure by the end of that booklet and my video you will be coming up with even more ways to use these little beauties! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paint Gladiolus in 8 Minutes with Watercolor Markers!

Howdy folks! I’m happy to report that my back is better today! Next time I get into a bounce house I will stretch first LOL! The other day a YouTube viewer asked if I could do a tutorial on painting pink gladiolus flowers, so I did.

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Instead of using watercolor paint I used water based markers. You can use any brand: Tombow, Distress, Crayola, LePlume, Faber Castell, Whispers or Stampin Up. The key to this is to work on watercolor paper. You will also need a bucket of water and a brush or a waterbrush. Watch the 8 minute video to see how fast and easy it is!

This project was a lot of fun and it is a new way to use a supply most of us already have…in fact it might be fun to bring just my markers and waterbrush the next time I go out in nature to paint! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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USA Birthday Card!

Here is an easy card you can make for an enlisted friend or family member or for Operation Write Home:

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I made this card for my niece’s husband who is leaving for basic training, it was also his birthday. I built it on a kraft cardbase, tore a book page and sprayed it with my homemade shimmer spray and layered an embossed blue panel that I glided a white Gel Stick on top to bring out the design. I stamped a never before inked Statue of Liberty and colored it with Gel Sticks. Added a few eyelets and a Happy Birthday sentiment and that was it! Easy peasy! Have a great Monday everyone and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW & Gelatoes VS Gel Sticks

Howdy folks! I have no project to share with you today. BUT, since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday here is a shot of my desk:


I have a lot of things started. I went to a crop Friday and scrapped 8 layouts! I might need an embellishment or two on some and I want to photograph them before I put them in my album so there they sit. I have some stamped backgrounds I have been making ready for future cards and I have my Gel Sticks AND Gelatos out. After the tutorial I did on Faber Castell Gel Sticks/Gelatos 2 weeks ago Faber Castell sent me some real Gelatos (look at me with “big girl” supplies) and I decided to try them out next to the less expensive Gel Sticks they also manufacture. They say they are formulated differently, well, they are both lovely products but YOU be the judge. Here in this video I will bust these Gelatos out of the package and try them out side by side with the Gel sticks:

Interesting…Please remember that I am not a chemist or scientist and I have no knowledge of the chemical make-up of either product (although they assure me that both the Gel Sticks and Gelatos are non-toxic) I am judging them on their feel, performance, look and working characteristics.

***Edited to add that I spoke with a lady from Faber Castell and she said that they worked with chemists to improve the gelatos (that were inspired by the kids Gel Sticks) so that they would not fade over time. Also they chose the colors in the gelato line to reflect current color trends. I will add lightfast info as it becomes available.***

Pros to the Gelatos are: More colors: 22 regular shades and 6 metallic. The 4 pack ($10) comes with a brush and clear stamp. (I have more brushes than Carter has pills so it is not a biggie for me-I’m even worse in the stamp department LOL!) I also like how they list the color name on the cap. They are sold in packs color families to coordinate with the other products in the Design Memory Craft line marketed to papercrafters to take the guesswork out of matching.

Cons to the Gelatos: Price. The 2 packs are $3.99, 4 packs (with brush and stamp)are $9.99 and the full 28 pack is $59.95

Pros to the Gel Sticks: They seem every bit as good as the Gelatos. The coverage is great, they are smooth and creamy and they blend well. You can’t beat the price at about $1 each! I bought the 12 pack of regular colors on Amazon for $11 and the 6 metallic for $7. You can get them for less if your local Joanns has them and you use a coupon too!

Cons to the Gel Sticks: Color range. There is only 18 colors and they are not labeled on the tube.

Thanks to Faber Castell for sending me the samples to review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Triple Time {stamping} Take 2 & Tips!

TGIF! Do you have some crafty time planned this weekend? If so here is a really fun technique to try, it is called Triple Time Stamping. I made a traditional TTS card last week (you can see it and instructions here) but the thing I did not like about it was all the layers, there was a lot of paper hidden that you could not see, that seemed a bit wasteful. check out my waste-free Triple time card:


You still get the look of the stamped layers but you cut all of your layers from one piece of cardstock. First stamp and color your image. I used circle dies (these are from Lifestyle Crafts, they were free with a clearance gadget I bought a few months ago and I use them quite a lot…probably because I don;t have any other circle dies LOL!) to cut concentric circles from my stamped and colored image and from my matting cardstock. You can also use a circle cutter such as the Creative Memories ones many of us have. Notice how I lined the dies up the same way. the dies on the coral cardstock are a size larger than each of the dies on the stamped one. BTW the mearmaid is from Sweet Pea Stamps.


Now cut and layer, it is that easy!

Coloring tip! I stamped my image in Memento and colored it with alcohol ink markers but I did not like all of the white in the background so I grabbed my Faber Castell Metallic Gel sticks and colored in the background and blended it with a waterbrush. To give the mermaid the appearence of being underwater I brushed some of the gelato over the colored image. Since I was brushing a watercolor medium over the alcohol marker there was no smearing. Go ahead, mix that media!


I wanted this card to have a beachy feel so I glued sand and sea glass to the bottom flat part of the easel card. Be warned, it takes a full day for that glue to dry and it is way to heavy to mail  but what a nice look huh?


Like I said this card weighs a ton so I won’t be mailing it, I think I might use it as a decoration for my twins 8th birthday party. I really liked the turquoise and coral color combo so I decided to use it on my girls b-day invites.

So this morning I decided to make the invitations and I printed the wrong date! Really, can you belive it? I was already assembling them so I used a white out tape runner pen to fix the mistake and wrote the correct date in with a matching marker. I stamped the background with a chevron Cover a Card (Impression Obsession) stamp, printed the info on my computer and die cut the info out with the same circle dies as I used on the mermaid card. I am looking forward to making some simple favor bags and banners with that stamp.  

Well, how’s that for a really chatty post? Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!