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Hi there!

It's Linda here!  I know, I know, it's only JUST October and I'm already talking about Christmas but trust me, it'll be here before we know it!  If every other year is anything to go by, I'll be freaking out around December 20th because I have ZERO cards made so I thought I'd get started early :)

Today I thought I'd show you some cards that demonstrate how well Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products (specifically Gelatos ®) can work for simpler crafting projects.  For those of you who aren't 'into' mixed media or canvasses, altered items etc, today's post is for you :)

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To start with, I took the tag stamp from the brand new Santa's Tags by Neat and Tangled, and heat embossed the image onto watercolour paper.

I wanted to create an ombre effect, so I needed to chose two Gelatos® for each tag.
The colours I worked with (in their pairs) were

Gelatos Bubble Gum® and Gelatos Guava®; Gelatos Blueberry® and Gelatos Snow Cone®; Gelatos Tangerine® and Gelatos Lemon®; Gelatos Green Tea® and Gelatos Lime ®.

On each tag, I took the darker coloured Gelato® first, and laid down some colour onto the top of the tag, then did the same with the lighter colour, on the bottom of the tag (as you can see below)


Then I spritzed wtih water using my mister bottle from the Essential Tools set, and with my finger, I rubbed the water into the colours, being sure to overlap in the centre, so the two colours would blend.



Next I wiped over the entire surface (going in the same direction that I used my fingers, to save smearing/swipe marks) with a dry rag. This removed any extra colour from the top of the embossed areas and allowed the great tag image to show through.

Using my Stampers Big Brush PITT Artist Pen in Black ® I stamped the sentiments onto the tags (I used the new Merry and Bright stamp set from Neat and Tangled for the sentiments).

To add a fun bit of bling to my cards, I took some tiny wooden clothes pegs I got from the craft store, and I added some glitter to them, by smearing some Gel Medium® onto one side/face, then sprinkling the glitter over the top. The Gel Medium® does a fantastic job of holding the glitter right in place!


and then I was done! All I did now was add some sequins (also from Neat and Tangled) and some cute buttons (some are from Mossy Made, and the others I made myself many months ago)

Here is a look at the final cards;


Orange_yellow Pink


I hope you like them and take the opportunity to have a play with some fun products from Design Memory Craft soon!

Thank you so much for visiting and I'll see you again very soon!

Have an amazing, crafty day!


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Linda Trace I live in Melbourne, Australia. I've been crafting for a about four years but Ive always even interested in different kinds of craft!

I recently discovered mixed media crafts and I gotta say, I'm totally in love.

I am so very honoured and  excited to be a part of the Design Memory Craft Guest Design team!!


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Super cute cards - love the non-traditional colours and designs!!!
WTG on getting a start on your cards so early :)

Oh, wow, JUST what I needed! I don't do Mixed Media, but I love to use Gelatos for emboss resist like this. Great idea to use the tags on cards. So easy to mass-produce! Into my CASE file this one goes!

gorgeous gorgeous super freakin' gorgeous

Wow! Gorgeous set, Linda! Love the pretty colors! Awesome design with the sparkly clothes pins!

Love the cards. The idea of a Christmas card in
orange is so different; I like it.

You did a fabulous job on these cards!

Great idea for tags and cards Linda!

Oh I love these Linda, they're gorgeous cards. Very fresh and modern. :)

GASP~!! LOVE the ombre design in your tags = WOW!! One of my all time favorite <3 Great idea about how to adhere the glitter and SEAL it all with Gel Medium - brilliant!! Need to try that! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and ideas :)

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    I love the whipped spackle!

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    Your card is DELIGHTFUL Tiffany!!!
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  • Linsey R on Altering Embellishments with Glaze!

    HOw fun and cute and artsy--just like the sweet gal who made em!!! I LOVE this idea Tiffany! I'm just now starting to expand with my Gelatos and I'm finding that they are work SO well with, well...like everything!!! Still, I hadn't thought of this creative way to use them yet! I can't think of a store bought embellishment that could beat a homemade one and I can't wait to pull out my very neglected sticker frames and such and start making some of my very own! Thanks for your always amazing inspiration!!! :D

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