Stamping with Gelatos

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art so that I could stick it in our guest room. I love how it turned out and how it's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique!  Here's how I created it...

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image (Altenew: Peony Bouquet) onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Next I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in any areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

And then I activated the watercolor with water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

While that dried I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava colored Gelatos®, a pallet knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I really love the irregularity and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett - Step 4

 

Next, I stamped on some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and watercolored them in with a Kiwi Gelato®. I also used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #152 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment (Altenew: Label Love) that I had stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to it and slipped it into the fame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Friendship Card {with Snowcone Gelatos & Texture Luxe}

Here's a card I whipped up the other day using Snowcone Gelatos and Texture Luxe...

Friends Card - Erin Bassett

 

To create this card I got started by applying Pearl Texture Luxe over a Mixed Media Stencil

Friends Card - step1

 

After that dried I rubbed Snowcone Gelatos  over it and then spread it around with a water.
Friends Card - step1

 

I then took a baby wipe and wiped it off of the Texture Luxe since it acts as a resist.
Friends Card - step1

 

While that dried I applied some to a white paper flower as well and also spread it around with water.
Friends Card - step1

 

I mounted the card base onto a cardstock card (Stampin' Up: Not Quite Navy) and then stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts Live Life stamp set onto the same cardstock and then embossed it with Cotton Candy WOW embossing powder 

Friends Card Pieces - step4

 

Once everything was dry I just assembled it all together.

Friends Card - step1

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Magnetic Back-To-School Photo Board

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Taking back to school photos is a big deal for us. We love to look back through the years to see how much the kids have grown!  Well, this year I got smart and created a magnetic photo prop so I can easily switch out the grade and if it's for the first day of school or the last. No more last minute scramble to get things together for a photo!

 

You can watch this video on how it all came together:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Use ScanNCutCanvas to trace the first printable (or print it and then scan it in) and then cut it out on vinyl.
Back To School Photo Board -Step 1

Make sure you do a test cut first so you only cut through the vinyl and not through the backing.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - test cut

 

Step 2 -Weed out the vinyl design and then use a piece of the gridded transfer sheet to transfer the letters onto the metal board.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - grid transfer2

 

Step 3 - Print design onto the printable magnetic sheets and then scan it into the ScanNCut machine using Scan To Cut Data.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Scan to cut data

 Make sure you use the color recognition feature for great scanning of color or black and white images.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Color Recognition

Once scanned, choose to cut around the outside and the inside of the letters. Perform a test cut and then have the machine cut out the design.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Weed Magnetic Sheet

 

Step 4 - Arrange the magnetic pieces as desired onto the metal board and then store the unused ones on the backside of the board.

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Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1

I hope this simplifies your back to school photo taking as much as it has ours!

Happy scanning!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Bloom Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

Last week the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Design Team was challenged to use a combination of Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps products that were sent to us, it really caused me to put my thinking cap on, but here's what I came up with...a mini art journal to inspire me to bloom.

Bloom MiniBook 1

Here's how I created the pages.

For the first page I covered the chipboard piece with gesso and then layered on Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107.  For the flower embellishment I took the chipboard piece and used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection to create a pattern. Once that was dry I placed the stencil back on and traced the pattern with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156 and then mounted it on top of a foil cupcake liner that I had smashed flat. 

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp1
Bloom MiniBook 1

That button on top was colored with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156.

Coloring buttons with PITT Artist Pens 1

 

For the backside of that page I mounted layered cupcake liners and topped it with a clear button that I had colored as well. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page was a clear acrylic one that I again used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection . I did the same pattern on both sides of the page being careful to line up the pattern as best I could. Once it was dry I marked and smudged the edges of the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For this chipboard page I used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil from Clear Scraps and traced over it with the Stamper's Big White Pen and then shadowed it with the PITT® Artist Pen. I also used the copper and pearl Texture Luxe with the stencil to create that flower. Once everything was dry I rubbed a Banana Gelato® around the background.

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp4

Bloom MiniBook 1

 

For the backside of that page I started off by gessoing it and then used both the small and the large dot dabber with the Snow Cone Gelato® to create circles all over the page. I outlined the larger ones using a Black #199 PITT® Artist Pen. I again used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil and Banana Gelato® to create the flowers and then used the Black #199 Stamper's Big Brush Pen along with letter stamps to add on the quote to this page and also the following ones.
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page is another clear one that I mounted a square of sticky backed canvas onto. On the canvas I laid down some gesso and then used a stencil from the Scandinavian collection and the Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also scribbled a bit of them onto my craft mat and added a drop of water to it so I could brush it on around the design. I then used the Texture Gems Ice Liner to quickly trace around parts of the design and then I sprinkled on some glitter to give it some sparkle. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp6

 

The backside of the page also has gesso'd canvas mounted to it and I used a wash of the Banana Gelato® to color the background. While that dried I mixed together the Blueberry Gelato® and Whipped Spackle and applied it over a stencil also from the Scandinavian collection. Once that dried I added some doodles to it with a PITT® Artist Pen. For the Leaves and flag I just rubbed the Lime and Bubble Gum Gelatos® onto white cardstock and then cut them out in the shapes I needed. I also made a wash with the Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and dipped some cotton lace into it to dye it blue.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For the last page I added some gesso and then used a Texture Card to make marks in it. Once it was dry I made a color wash with Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and applied it to the background. On a piece of white cardstock I bushed on a wash of Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also stamped on a stamp from the Gelatos® 33 piece set using the same colors. Again I created leaves by rubbing Lime Gelato® onto the paper and then cutting it out in the shape I needed and then added the veins with a May Green #170 Stamper's Big Brush. I then added a dot of the pearl Texture Liner to each of the flowers.
Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp8

Bloom MiniBook 8

I hope this inspires you to use a variety of mixed media products on your art journal pages and also, of course, to bloom! To see the other Design Team member's project check out the Design Memory Crafts blog.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Altered Cigar Box

Today I'm sharing how I transformed a boring old cigar box I found at Goodwill into a fun artsy box.

Cigar Box  - Finished2

Supplies Used:

 

Below are the steps I took to create this, but you can also check out this video I made on the process to see it in action:

 

I started off by covering the outside of the box with Gesso and allowing it to dry.

Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Next, I lightly dry brushed on some blue-green acrylic paint over the lid and then covered it in Copper Texture Luxe.  (If you've followed my artwork you know I'm obsessed with the Copper one! It gives such a fun metalic texture to my projects!)
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I taped off the beveled edge of the lid and then placed one of my favorite stencils on top. I then covered it with Whipped Spackle using my spatula.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Before removing the stencil I picked up an alphabet stamp I had and stamped into the Whipped Spackle to give it a bit more texture.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

I seriously LOVE how that looks!
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I took out my acrylic paints and randomly painted in each of the fractured pieces from the stencil.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

I also gave the sides of the bottom of the box an underpainting with the same colors of paint and then used the same stencil and paints to create a pattern. After that dried I outlined each of the fractures with a black PITT Artist Pen and then added copper dots using the end of my paintbrush and the Copper Texture Luxe.

Cigar Box 6 - Texture Luxe Embellishment
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

While everything was drying I took my metal embellishment, which was originally silver, and covered it with...yep, you guessed it...more Copper Texture Luxe! After that dried I filled back in the lettering using a PITT Artist Pen and then went to work stringing beads onto the copper wire and then adhering all of the beadwork, metal piece, some feathers, and trim onto the lid of the box.

Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp2

 

This was so fun to make!
Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp3

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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