Monday, March 18, 2013

Mixed Media Blog Hop



Good morning everyone.  I am so excited about today's blog hop with Faber-Castell.  If you're not familiar with Faber-Castell be prepared to be ENABLED!!  They offer several different types of artistic mediums, some of which I used on my card today - Geletos.

**Before I get to my card I have some important information to share - both days of the Mixed Media blog hop JustRite Papercraft will be giving away some prizes!!  Who doesn't like prizes - all you need to do if go to the JustRite blog and leave a comment for your chance to win some amazing prizes.  Also if you visit the Faber-Castell blog there are chances to win some different prizes there too**




This card brought me so far out of my comfort zone.  I am not an "artsy" mixed media type of crafter but these products from Faber-Castell really were very easy to use.  You are only limited by your imagination.  The Geletos blend beautifully on your cardstock.

To create my card I stamped Fleuriste Newsprint Background stamp using Versamark, added white embossing powder and heat embossed it.  The Geletos will only adhere to non-embossed areas.  Now this is where the fun part starts!  I took the Geletos and started randomly adding color little by little blending the colors together with my fingertips as I went.  If more blending was needed I just squirted some water over the Geletos making it more fluid.  If I thought an area needed more color I just added more over the top of what was already there and blended it in again.  So, so easy to use!!

My card sentiment was stamped using Grand Sentiments.  I found the metal frame and corner pieces in my stash so I decided to use them on my card.  I thought the gold color was a bit too bold so I distressed them by brushing some black ink onto them.  The butterflies were also colored using Geletos.

We will have some of the Faber-Castell designers hopping with us today too.   Be sure to check out all of the designers who also have some really great projects today using products from Faber-Castell.  You are going to be blown away!!!

JustRite Inspiration
Becca Feeken 
Sharon Harnist 
Eva Dobilas
Tiffany Johnson
Michele Kovack
Heidi Blankenship
Kellie Fortin 
Rita Barakat
Sheri Holt
Angela Barkhouse
Barb Schram

Here's some great information about Geletos:

Gelato Colors are an emollient-based water-soluble medium that glides smoothly onto nearly any surface to create rich swaths of pure color.  They may be blended without water using your fingertip or a blending tool, or with water using a paintbrush or damp cloth. They are often referrred to as 'smooth as butter" or like 'painting with lipstick', but there is no oily residue and their water-soluble qualities make them very compatible with other mediums. Use on all types of paper, cloth,canvas, wood and other porous surfaces as well as rubber, foam and clear stamps.  They are availabel in 22 yummy opage colors and 6 shimmering metallics.  They are light fast, acid free,archival, odorless,watersoluble,permanent and work great on dark surfaces.
Gelatos Colors as a 'Dry" Medium - because of their creamy consisitency Gerlatos can be used as is, without water, for rich swaths of color covering large surfaces or blended edges on cards and pages.
For basic blending - lay down swaths of solid color and blend together using your fingertup, a Q-Tip or a blending stump.
For edging - draw color along the edge of a card or page and then use a blending tool to fade color inward.  Gold or neutral colors are great for creating an antiqued or grunge effect.

Bold Color - for solid opaque color in a dry medium, nothing gives faster smoother coverage than Gelatos.  Use if for coloring large surfaces or on chipboard shapes.  Raw chipboard absorbs Gelatos for a beautiful, rich finished effects.
To use Gelato Colors as "Wet" Medium - Gelatos Colors are water soluble, which means the pigments will dissolve in water and spread easliy to create watercolor effects. Create backgrounds and soft edges as descirbed in 'Dry' medium, but adding water will lighten the color, extend it further and increas the blend-ability. Use a damp paintbrush or a cloth (or baby wipe) over your fingertip to spread and blend the color.  Ecperiment with varying amounts of water.
Spritzing- You can spray your surface with water and then apply Gelatos or vice versa. Use a stiff paintbrush to blend and move the color around.
Dripping- Create interesting backgrounds by applying Gelatos to one side or in patches across your page.  Use your Spritzer to wet the surface. Tilt your work and let the color drip down the page. Use a foam blender or paper towel to blend or streak further.
Color Spray-  chop off a slice of Gelatos and blend with water to it to create a watercolor paste to paint your stamped image or scoop this paste into a Spritzer bottle, add more ware and shake to disolve.  Use this color spray over stencil masks and backgrounds.
To color wash your cardstock - color your cardstock with your gelato and blend with water and a brush to create a multi colored colored wash

If you want to stamp your image and then color it - use Staz-on ink - as this ink is waterproof and will allow you to watercolor the image without it bleeding.
You can also add color to the edge of your card by coloring the edge with gelatos and using a damp foam wedge or paper towel to blend the edge.
If you want to color your stamped image with the Gelatos, before you color your stamp - spritz your stamp with water before coloring the stamp - 3 to 4 sprays is sufficient. When the stamp is wet the color will melt right onto it.  You can easily blend more than one color on one stamp.  Once you have colored your stamp - spritz it again before stamping.  The more you spray the more like a watercolor painting your stamped image will be.
You will get a totally different effect if you don't spritz  your stamp first - both methods work.
Tip: apply metallic Gelatos over any sold color to add a metallic sheen. This can be done Wet or Dry.

Special Surfaces - Gelatos work on all typoes of paper, cardboard, chipboard, sandpaper, cloth, canvas, burlap, flocking,cork,wood and some plastics. Some surfaces can tolerate ware better than others, so choose the right surface for wet or dry usage.

Dark Surfaces- Gelatos are gorgeous on dark surfaces. Use them "dry" for maximum opaqueness and the color will stand off the dark background impressively. Try them on black paper, velvet or flocked surfaces and super fine black sandpaper.

Textiles- Gelatos work great on silk, canvas, cotton and woolens! You can create lovely painterly effects on these versatile materials.

Wood- Try Gelatos on wood objects. You can use small mounts of water for blending.  Too much water will make the wood swell and/or warp. Seal porous surfaces with glaze or other fixatives.

Embellishments-Use Gelatos to enchance chipboard sapes, synthetic flowers, cloth-covered buttons or brads, lace,doiklies, almost anything you want to add to your artwork can be colored or altered with Gelatos.

NOTE- Gelatos are not "colorfast" on cloth items -machine washing is not recommended

Thanks for stopping in for a visit today.  I hope you will step out of your comfort zone like I did and give these Geletos as try.  You will not be disappointed!!

Have a great day!!

Card Ingredients:

Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft - Fleuriste Newsprint Background, Grand Sentiments

Accessories:  Faber-Castell Geletos

70 comments:

Dottie said...

I love this card and your beautiful application of Gelatos. You have the style of cards I really really like. So, with your inspiration onward I go!

Jessica Strider said...

Very pretty project. I love the splash of colour the butterflies give. :)

Beatrice Lawson said...

I just pinned your card, it is so beautiful! Love the embossed image and the layering of gelato colors... Gorgeous!

Regina Hamilton said...

Such a beautiful card. I love how you blend the the colors to create a stunning effect.

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! This is AMAZING!! I LOVE the details and the different mix of color!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

Margie said...

I love how beautifully you blended the colors!

Melody said...

The stamped image is a really good background for the rest of the work.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Wendy Brassart said...

I love how the colors are blended so well on this card! Kudos!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous card!! The colors are so vibrant and beautiful!! Love it! Love that JustRite Background stamp too!! :)

Becky Dunham said...

Oh my goodness Angela! This is definitely one of my favorite projects today! I love everything about it from the colors to the extra details! I have never tried this technique and I really love that you included the tutorial! I can't wait to try this!!

Liz said...

Love the color palette use.
Beautiful card.
I love this hop

Marge said...

Waaay out of my comfort zone too, Angela, BUT I'm so intrigued and inspired by ALL the projects today that I'm now anxious to try out these products myself -- TFS your gorgeous card!!!

TLady said...

"ARTSY," YES!!! BUT, you also have a VINTAGE THING going on here too!!!!!!Even with the brighter colors!!!!!!!! LOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! :) GELATOS are SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Jackie Plank said...

Fabulous card!! Great job with the blending.

christi said...

gorgeous card. I was surprised to learn it was a card. I thought it was a wall hanging. wonderful deception there. awesome!

Krystal O'Neill said...

Beautiful mix-media card. You did a great job for not being in your comfort zone! Thanks for the tips!! :)

Sandy said...

You say you arent artsy & gelatos sure made you just that

Jean Bullock said...

I never would have guessed you were out of your comfort zone! Great job!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wow...This is Gorgeous. All those colors and they blended so well. Wonderful job and thanks so much for the inspiration.

Peggy said...

Pretty card. I am really liking these gelatos.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

sharon g said...

I've never thought of using the colors in different areas like that. I LOVE it like you wouldn't believe.

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the design and the colors!! So beautiful!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Natasha G.P. said...

Man oh man is this pretty. I love everything about it.

Donna Jones said...

Hi Angela,

Such a vivid colour palette, love your blending and pops of colour from the butterflies :-)

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous color combination! Lovely images! Great showcase piece to feature the products from JustRite and Faber-Castell!

Dee S said...

Great card,gelatos, something new to play with!

Lynn Hardy said...

Your card is beautiful! Such lovely spring colours too - thanks for the inspiration.

Vicki said...

The butterflies on your project almost look real. The colors are so vibrant and look so pretty on the background. I hope to try these products myself soon.

Diane J said...

This is beautiful. The colors with the butterflies are a very pretty card.

Lynn. G. said...

Love the butterflies. thank you for sharing.

Tiff said...

VERY beautiful! Love your color and stamp choices!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--love how you used the gelatos.

Amyd said...

Beautiful creation! Thanks for the inspiration. I really enjoy this card.

Carley said...

I love your statement about prepare to be enabled ha ha! I say the same thing I have friends that I warn *enabler alert* :) I am in total agreement with you though these are so addictive I just started using them and I am totally being an enabler to all my friends! Thank you for sharing your beautiful project with us!

Hugs

Carley

Shona said...

This card is so rich and elegant.I love the colours you used and the metal accents are perfect!

Memaw said...

This card is award winning - the colors just flow and the the card is so balanced. Beautiful and great job.
Judy

Emily Keaton said...

I am so in love with Gelatos! Thanks for the great inspiration and the chance to win. :)

Scrapenabler said...

Beautiful card! Great hop.

JPScraps said...

Wow! This is gorgeous!!

Gina Howe said...

Beautiful card. I love the colors! Those gelatos are so very easy to use. Even if you don't like something you can re-color & blend, no problem! Thanks for sharing~!

Katie said...

Beautiful background! I love that stamp and the colors you chose. Wonderful card. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Tanja said...

Lovely project I love the background.

Pamela Romero said...

What an "Artistic" card. You are an artist!! Thanks for sharing your technique for blending with us.

Alina said...

Wonderful card!

Darla Walden said...

Wow this card is absolutely gorgeous. Love the gelato/stamp combination. The butterflies absolutely make it divine.

Alyce said...

Need to remember this technique. Haven't used it in a long while. Love your card.

marylouh said...

thanks for the tips on using the gelatos. I have them but haven't had the nerve to try using them. If your tips I'll feel more confident in playing with them. I love your card.

bev said...

Angela this project is awesome and I would never have known this brought you out of your comfort zone if you would not have said so. You should do more projects like this one!! I love the embossed image and the colors you chose are awesome. I love the idea of being able to blend the Gelatos with your finger or a little water...I love products that are that easy to use.
Thank you for sharing your project and your easy to follow tutorial.

Susie Bentz said...

Love the resist technique - and thanks for posting all of those tips, too!

Eva said...

Angela, your card is so beautiful...in love how you colored the image in with the Gelatos!!!

Lois Kennedy said...

Your blending of colors is stunning. I especially love the butterflies!

Sherry said...

What a beautiful card love the colors and the butterfly

Ava Gavloski said...

wow, love the color tones on this one wonderful job on blending and getting the wow look. nice showcasing of the stamp

Peggy said...

Wow, it's so amazing. I Love, Love, Love this card.

Tricia said...

Beautiful card, Angela! Great job, stepping out of your comfort zone!

CraftyRia said...

That is a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us!

Sandie said...

Wow. You are so creative. This is so very beautiful. I love it. Wow factor 10. Seriously.

Cyndee Scholet said...

Love the coloring on your card. Great tips and techniques. I pinned your entry so I could remember and come back to them.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fabulous colors on your project!!

zehra said...

beautiful and love the pop of color and the blending. thanks for the tons of ideas

Barb said...

The colors are so beautiful and so vibrant. Thanks for your tutorial and another chance to win!

Stacy Chic said...

I love the butterflies and the coloring. Awesome job!!! So bright!!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is stunning! I love the technique and the gorgeous colors!

Berina RGA said...

totally bowled me over!! very beautiful!!
-Berina

cathy said...

Love the colors on this.

Judi said...

I love the colours you used here and all the embellishments are great. Wonderful finished product.

Genesis Jessome said...

Ahhh another stamp I must have! Very beautiful card-you should play outside your comfort zone more often. Thanks for all the tips following your card as well.

Genesis Jessome said...

Great card-love the stamp the colours and those butterflies look real! Please play outside of your comfort box more and keep inspiring us!

UnikByYes said...

Angela this came out beautiful!!! I love the color scheme you chose. Thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderful day

Liz O.

Joy H said...

Would never know that this is outside your comfort zone - it is a stunning card and comes together beautifully! Thank you for sharing!!!