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What Makes You Happy Gel Medium Resist Tutorial

MH 600WM WhatMakesYouHappy MargieHiguchi APR2015

Today I'd like to share how I created this spring inspired card with a couple of techniques using Gel Medium. I used Faber-Castell Watercolor Pad in my card base, card panel to sentiment. I love how they hold the layers of color, water and medium.

I stamped Bokeh Polka Dots Cling Background Stamp onto the watercolor paper with Gel Medium and let dry. The Gel Medium will act as a resist when color is applied.

MH WhatMakesYouHappy APR2015 Step1

Next I applied Design Memory Craft Kiwi Gelatos® (from the NEW Macarons set) color on top of the stamped image and blended with a baby wipe. Not only will it blend the color but it will also reveal the resist from the Gel Medium. COOL~!!

MH WhatMakesYouHappy APR2015 Step2

I used another cool technique with the Gel Medium. First make three loops with twine and color with Strawberry Gelatos® and water. Let dry. Apply Gel Medium to the entire shape, let dry and it will harden to hold the shape.

MH WhatMakesYouHappy APR2015 Step3

To add sparkle, I covered the twine embellishment with Glass Bead Glitter Gel and set aside to dry.

MH WhatMakesYouHappy APR2015 Step4

For the sentiment, I stamped with Stamper's Brush Pen in May Green. Then I placed 5 x 7 Matting Basics A Die #1 (the smallest die size is #1) over it and cut/embossed with the Grand Calibur Machine and adhere to the card panel which was cut/embossed with Spellbinders® A2 Matting Basics A Die #5.

MH WhatMakesYouHappy APR2015 Step5

The sequins were adhered on the card panel using dots of Gel Medium with the watercolor brush...a great way to adhere these items :)

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I adhered a Fairy Cierra die cut and placed the embellished twine loop behind it. Instead of a wand, I adhered a trinket pin in her hand and covered the top with Glass Bead Glitter Gel for sparkle! Place on an A2 card base using Faber-Castell watercolor paper and it's done!

MH 600WM WhatMakesYouHappy MargieHiguchi APR2015


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®: Gel Medium, Stamper's Brush Pen in May Green, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Design Memory Crafts Gelatos (Macarons set) and Faber-Castell Watercolor Papers

Glitter Paper: Core'dinations ColorCore® Cardstock; Dies: Spellbinders® Creative Arts (S5-131 A2 Matting Basics A, S6-001 5 x 7 Matting Basics A and S2-103 Fairy Cierra); Stamp: JustRite® PaperCrafts (Bokeh Polka Dots Cling Background Stamp and Colorful Brush Strokes Clear Stamps); Pin: Maya Road; Sequins: Teresa Collins Designs; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (3D Foam Squares, Dodz™ Small and E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips)

I hope you can use some of these Gel Medium techniques in your next project! Which techniques would you most likely use? Share with me...

Thanks for stopping by!

Margie Higuchi


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Jean Marmo

Very cool!


Awesome Techniques. I am going to try some of these, if not all of them. Your card is Beautiful

beck bt

Love this! Such a cool technique!


Hi Margie!
The techniques used here are easy and the result turned out gorgeous. I love your color choices. My problem is I don't have all the supplies. We will have to do something about that, won't we? LOL. I do have the gel medium, so I will try your first technique of applying the gel onto a stamp. I have different stamps that I can use. Thanks for inspiring us!


Love the gel medium resist - looks so neat. And your twine turned out perfect. Thanks so Much Margie. j.


what an awesome idea!!! Totally rocks!
xoxo SanDee1899

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