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Using Faber-Castell Gelatos with Background Stamps

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today I want to share a technique for using Faber Castell Gelatos with background stamps.  Of course when you begin a project with an awesome Penny Black background stamp paired with Faber Castell Gelatos, you just can’t miss! Check this out!

ivy  rose


Using Gelatos with a background stamp is really very easy.  First step is to select the background stamp.  For my samples I used Penny Black background stamps — “Star Ivy” and “Bed of Roses“.  Both are beautiful stamps and will easily cover a layer for an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  The next step is to select the Gelato colors that you want to use.  There are quite a few colors, including some metallic colors, so sometimes you have to experiment a little to get that perfect color combination.  For example, for the ivy/violets card, I selected Green Tea as my “all over” color, and  Margarita Mix and Spearmint as my accent colors.   I like using the accent colors to add some depth and sometimes to add some highlights.  When I’m selecting accent colors, I generally choose a lighter and a darker shade of the same color if my all over color is a mid-tone (like Green Tea), or I select a mid-shade and a darker shade if my all over color is light.  Sometimes one accent color is all that you need.   I chose an off-white paper to stamp on, and cut it 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I always cut my paper a little larger than what I will need in the finished project.  This way I can trim away any edges that aren’t as nice.

Stamping is the easy part.  I just mounted my Penny Black Star Ivy cling stamp on a clear acrylic block.  I used my Ranger mini-mister to lightly mist the rubber stamp, and then I took my Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato and colored over the entire stamp, being sure to cover all of the edges, etc. When coloring, use a light touch — if you press too hard, some of the Gelato will flake off.  (You’ll see these little “goobers” in the finished work — but if you let them dry, you can usually scrape them off with no problem.)  The water helps to spread the Gelato a little so that coloring is very easy (it also takes less than if you spread the Gelato on a dry stamp).  Be sure that your stamp isn’t so wet that puddles are forming, etc.  The end result will be fine, but it will be a little more fuzzy.  Once the stamp was covered with Green Tea, I added just a little Margarita Mix Gelato (this is a lighter/brighter shade) to add some highlights.  Then I used the Spearmint Gelato to work around the edges, and to add some deeper tones to the stamp.   There’s really no right or wrong way to do the accents — just do what makes sense to you, adding as little or as much as you want.  When I finished the accents, I misted the stamp again.  It is important to be careful to moisten the entire stamp, but not to soak it with water.  If you see “puddles” forming, it may be a good idea to try to sponge a little off with a piece of a paper towel.  Then I turned the moistened stamp over and placed it on the paper.  I added a little pressure for a couple of seconds, and then let the stamp “rest” on the paper for a few seconds while the Gelato transferred to the paper.  Finally, I carefully lifted the stamp.  Usually the paper comes up with the stamp and that is okay, you just need to carefully peel the paper from the stamp.   Set the paper aside to dry (it won’t take long).  Typically there is enough Gelato on your stamp to do another background or two, although they will be a little lighter.  You can also “refresh” by adding more Gelato before stamping.  When you’re done, the stamp cleans up easily with a little soap and water.  Because the Gelato will stick in the detail of the stamp, you may find it easier to use an old toothbrush to remove it (use the brush with soap/water — not dry).  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use background stamps and Gelatos.

Once the Gelato background has dried, finishing the card is simple.  I just selected some background layers for my cards, and added sentiments and embellishments in coordinating colors My sentiments are all cut from the background layer using the Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets (love those dies!).  For the silver and pink cards, I also cut the words from ivory cardstock.  I placed the ivory words beneath the silver or pink to add some dimension, and to make the words more readable.  Since my Gelato background was a little larger than I needed, I trimmed the edges to fit.

My Gelato combinations are as follows –

ivy  Overall color – Green Tea; accents – Spearmint and Margarita Mix

rose  Overall color – Watermelon; accents – Cherry and Guava

silver  Overall color – Metallic Silver; accent – Squid Ink

The background stamps are Penny Black — Star Ivy and Bed of Roses.

These are some cards that I made last year using a rose background stamp by Stacy’s Stamps.  You can see that even stamps with fine lines work nicely with Gelatos.

stacy rose  overall color – Watermelon; accent – Cherry

stacy gold  overall color – Metallic Gold; accents – Butterscotch and Chocolate

This is such a fun and simple technique.  I hope that you have a chance to try it.


Supply List

Faber Castell Gelatos

Penny Black background stamps — Bed of Roses and Star Ivy

large acrylic stamp block

Ranger mini-mister

assorted cardstock

assorted ribbon

assorted embellishments — most of the ones I used are purchased; the violets on the ivy card were made using the Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets die set

adhesive — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sentiments – I used the Sweet Wordlets by Die Versions — “happy”, “birthday”, “anniversary”, “thanks”

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

paper trimmer


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




Accordion Folded Cards

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Accordian Fold-019

Using simple folds you can create a card with lots of interest for the recipient.   Start with a card base of 5 1/2″x12″. Score it at 1 3/8″ – 2 3/4″ – 5 1/4″ – 7 3/4″.  Crease your score lines creating mountain and valley folds.

I fussy cut a Reindeer from the Bo Bunny Silver & Gold Collection to become the focal point of the first fold of my card.  By lining the left edge with the edge of the card and extending the right side over the fold you’ll have a card that pops out at you from the very start.  For my second card I used Tim Holt’s Tattered Poinsettia die cutting it from Kraft paper and distressing the edges with ink.  When I had glued it together I ran the whole piece through my Cuttlebug with the Textile Embossing folder.  Wow does this save on time and comes out wonderfully.  You’ll  need to fiddle with the petals once you take it out of the embosser to lift them up and give them life.  Add a few Stickles and you’ve got the focal point on the second card done.

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I added Diamond Stickles on all the cords that hung the snowflakes from the deers antlers (you’ll see more photos in my video). To make the red snowflakes pop a little more I used red tinsel glitter I had on hand and a pearl eye finished out my Reindeer.

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On the poinsettia card I used decorative papers from Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Collection to mat the card folds.  The sentiments on both cards are from the Heartfelt Creations Christmas Sentiment Circles.    I wanted to mat the larger sentiment and decided to use a couple of dies from Spellbinders Fascination and Heart Circles sets.  Don’t overlook pulling out just a single die from your sets to use here and there.  The stacked mat was perfect for my circle sentiment which I had embossed in gold shimmer powder.

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One of the best things about these cards

is that they’ll fit in a standard A2 size envelope.




For step by step instruction, more ideas and photos check out my video

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Store Supplies:

15116955:  Bo Bunny Silver & Gold Collection

HCDP1 225:  Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Collection

HCPC 3561:  Heartfelt Creations Christmas Sentiment Circles

S4-316:  Spellbinders Heart Circles Decorative Elements Nestabilities die

S5-206:  Spellbinders Fascination Fold & Tuck Shapeabilities die

65 8261 - Tim Holtz BigZ Tattered Poinsettia die

37-1153: Provo Craft  Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder

2000293:  Provo Craft Cuttlebug Embossing Machine

Supplies from my Stash: Cream and Kraft cardstock, Versamark; We-R-Memory Keepers Corner Chomper; Gold Embossing Powder, Diamond Stickles, 2.5″ Circle Punch, Pine Branch punch, red tinsel glitter

Just Because Card Idea With Spellbinders

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

I wanted to make a Just because Card Idea with Spellbinders this time, just because.  I really love the dies from Spellbinders and QuicKutz and I have used them a few times in my Blogs but I just could not resist using them again.  I love how simple and east this card is to make and with little product as well.  I used a warm color red for my card stock and then a piece of scrap paper from my other designs.  Then I used Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One as well as QuicKutz, Nesting Flowers die to finish off my card.  This card is fast to make and can be used for any occasion and Just Because you wanted to brighten someones day!!



Sizzix Big Shot

S5-181 Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One

DC0350 QuicKutz Nesting Flower

The details are in my tutorial, so you are welcome to watch!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!!


Marianne Design Butterfly Card

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Spring is FINALLY showing its face here in Utah, and to go along with the warming weather, I wanted to share my Marianne Design butterfly card that I made to celebrate! I can never get enough butterfly dies and this one is gorgeous! I also like how big it is. It really pops on a card or layout.








I also really liked the Blossom embossing folder by Crafts Too, and it worked really well with the butterfly. I ran my A2 card through the folder first, then took my ink pad and lightly ran it over the embossed area to help it stand out.

Here all of the products I used:

LR0113- Marianne Design Creatable Die Butterfly 1

658954- Sizzix Thinlits Borders

AF146- Hero Hues Shadow Ink Soft Pool

S5-159- Spellbinders Gold  Labels Four

CTFD3048- Crafts Too Blossom

2160- Want2Scrap Mother of Pearl Rhinestones

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



A Note For You A2 Card!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Everyone likes getting something in the mail box, so I made this “A Note For You” A2 card for someone I know who could use a special note. I totally love the blue and brown color combo in the Authentique Hope 6×6 paper pad, not to mention the elegant patterns!

Hope includes twenty-six doublesided sheets of reduced designs with two solids. The Hope collection is in an elegant color palette suited to the splendor of the Easter holiday printed on a special textured finish akin to the weave of an Easter basket. The feelings of renewal with a nostalgic design pattern stir up emotions of hope. Reminiscent of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and other classic icons, the patterns are also suitable for any spring celebration. The Hope collection is well-rounded and useful for all age ranges and projects. Also comes in an 8×8 paper pad and a 12×12 collection kit.

The patterns I chose gave this card a vintage look and a little inking around the edge gave it an aged feel. Perfect!










By now you should all know that I am all for fast and easy, but I want my finished product to look good, and with the right tools, that can easily be achieved!

Here are the list of tools I used to create this card in just a short time (while sick and on the phone with my traveling hubby at the same time!).

HOP012-Authentique Hope 6×6 Paper Pad

HCPC 3475-Heartfelt Creations Special Delivery (sentiment)

S5-160-Spellbinders Opulent Ovals

6079-Want2Scrap Baby Bling-Le Creme Pearls

AF214-Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Ink Pad

I love the Hero Arts ink pads and how the image fills in while the ink dries! They are really nice to use. You can see their awesome selection HERE!

I would just like to tell all of you who call in and tell me about your latest projects, that you inspire me! You help me stay motivated and give me lots of ideas. Even though I can’t really see what you are doing, I develop a mental picture, which inspires me to create my own version! I love hearing what you are planning with the products you purchase! I hope our designers inspire you as well in our blog posts!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Quick Handmade Invitation Idea

Friday, January 25th, 2013

If you have an event coming up that you are going to need invitations for, skip going to the store because here is a quick handmade invitation idea that you can use. Heather was asked to make the invitations for “New Beginnings” in our ward and so we had to come up with an idea that we could get done in a night so we grabbed  our vellum and printed the invite on it and then just backed it with some cute paper. The theme of the year is “Up” and so we looked in our paper stash and found this perfect balloon paper by Bo Bunny that fit the theme perfectly. We got the idea from our wedding announcement where we did the same thing but put a picture behind it. Just hole punch two holes in the top and string ribbon through them to attach the two papers. Next add bling and if you choose you can even make an envelope–we added some decor to the cover using Spellbinders filigree die cut.













This was a fun little project that heather and I cranked out in just a few hours. We have paper for really any occasion you can think of sending invitations out for so give this a try next time you have a get together you need to send invites out.


14216724- Bo Bunny: Surprise!

S5-177- Spellbinders: A2 Filigree Delight

CL 611-Hero Arts: Many Birthday Messages

2228- Want2Scrap: Amber Rhinestones




Thanks and Happy Scrapin’!

Doug and Heather

SpellbindersQuickutzProvoCraftScore-PalSizzixGraphic 45Die Cuts With A ViewMy Minds EyeHeartfelt CreationsJustRite Stampers