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Using Gelatos In Your Background, Part 2

Using Gelatos In Your Background, Part 1


Hi All!  It’s great to be back for my second guest designer post.  This weekend I will be showing you two cards that use Gelatos in the background.  Here’s a look at today’s card.


A little close-up so you can see how brilliant and beautiful the metallics look!

Scroll down to see step-by-step photos on how I created this card, or just watch the fast-paced video here:


First, I heat embossed the Penny Black Paisley Outline background stamp with white powder onto white cardstock.  Next, I randomly applied the blue and green metallic Gelatos™.

Next, I blended these two colors together with my finger.  


I sprayed the cardstock with quite a bit of water.  The white embossed areas will begin to show through the gelatos.  Do not wipe or touch the wet areas.  By allowing the cardstock to dry naturally, the vibrant colors of the Gelatos™ will remain intact.


I also used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in blue to darken the edges after die cutting it with a Spellbinders die.

I clear-embossed a dragonfly on black cardstock and highlighted it with the Metallic PITT® Artist Pens in blue and green.

Finally, I die cut the card base, freehanded some swirls, and put it all together. 

I love, love how beautifully these metallics work!  Thanks for visiting day one of my two day post.  See you tomorrow for another Gelato™ background.  To see more of my cards and videos, visit my blog


  • Mixed Media Sampler: BLUE (#770233) and GREEN (#770232)
  • Penny Black Stamps:  Paisley Outline and Social Butterfly
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
  • Versamark Ink
  • White and Clear Embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Dies



Darlene DeVries is an avid video blogger and papercrafter.  She shares a new how-to video every Wednesday on her blog.  Over the last 2 1/2  years she has posted over 160 videos!  She introduces new techniques, tips, and products in a fast-paced fashion.  She can also be found on Facebook.






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What a beautiful card, and yet still simple enough for me to re-create! Thanks for the great video tutorial.

Denise Stevenson

I've been hearing the gelato buzz for a while but hadn't taken the plunge and bought any yet. After seeing how you use them - I want to buy every color !! Thank goodness for coupons at Michaels...


Just love what you have done with these two new cards.
I am however, confused with the gelato.What exactly is this? It would appear to be a sort of metallic ink pen but now quite.
Please can you tell me more about them?

Darlene DeVries

Hi Veronica, gelatos are kind of like oil pastels, but they are water based. They look like and apply similar to a lipstick -very creamy. They are easy to blend on paper and other mediums, and they mix with water so there are lots of things you can do with them. The ones I used in these projects are metallic, however, they also come in lots of matte colors. I hope you will give them a try!

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