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Last Minute Christmas Cards

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Hello artists and fellow procrastinators! This is Rachel Kleinman joining you today, and I am a master procrastinator whether I like it or not (and I know I'm not alone!). I'm sharing two fast and last minute holiday cards using the Gelatos® of the Week, Iced Currant.

The stag head card focuses on stamping with Gelatos®, which was one of the first techniques I ever used with Gelatos® years ago. The background was created by coloring Lime Gelatos® on a stamp, misting it with water to activate the pigment, then pressing my watercolor paper directly on top of the stamp. Then I also added Texture Luxe™ Gold over the Mixed Media Stencil 101 diamond pattern. The Stag itself was stamped with Ice Currant Gelatos®, but then I added a lot of shading with my Stamper's Big Brush Pens (watch this part in the video!)

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Of course I have a quick video to go with the quick card! Watch it here

 

 

My next card is very simple and really packs a punch! I covered the card panel with Iced Current Gelatos® mixed with Glaze medium, then used a 102 Collection stencil with Texture Luxe™ Pearl to create candy cane stripes.

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The letters to spell Joyeux Noel were made with the alphabet stencil from the Stencil 301 collection and Metallic Mint Gelatos®. I fussy cut the letters and adhered them over silver ribbon using Gel Medium. Easy easy!

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I also have a video for this card! Watch it here!

Thanks for joining me today. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Iced Currant, Metallic Mint, Lime

Texture Luxe™ Paste: Gold, Pearl

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Scarlet Red, Green Olive

Design Memory Craft Glaze

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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DIY Christmas Ornament (Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos ® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Palette Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Dry Adhesive

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

 Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a palette knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your palette knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished,  allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a palette knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alphabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

Re-assemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

ERIN

 

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Stenciled Wood Bangles

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a sassy accessory idea with this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Iced Currant. These stenciled wood bangles are fun to make and easily customized to suit your style!

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I went for a modern look using block word stencils from the 301 collection and geometric elements from the 101 stencil collection, using "Beautiful" and "Design" as my focal words.  

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My cool palette of Iced Currant, Guava, and Acqua Dolce was accented with Metallic Icing and Silver Ice, layered with Glaze, Gel Medium, and Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  (The full list of supplies including the colors used can be found at the bottom of this post.)

You'll want your palette knife for mixing your textural accents, but for stenciling onto a curved surface like these wood bangle bracelets, I found that getting messy and using my fingers was most effective at getting the details I wanted. 

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Begin with a light base of Guava Gelatos mixed with Glaze, and add 1-2 coats onto the exterior of the bracelet.  There's no need to embellish the interior since it will be worn next to the skin, and won't show anyway.  Allow it to dry fully before moving on to adding stencils.  

During your drying time, it's a great time to begin on any additional bracelets!  I coated a second bangle with an Acqua Dolce-Glaze mix while I waited.

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Next, add geometric elements using tinted gel medium.  To the Guava-colored bracelet, I stenciled hexagons using a mix of Acqua Dolce Gelatos and Gel Medium.  

On the second bangle, a mix of Metallic Icing and Gel Medium was applied using the herringbone stencil.  

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Next, I began to incorporate the color of the week, Iced Currant, and mixed it with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you're new to tinting textural accents, just slice a small bit of the Gelatos stick off and crush it with your palette knife, and mix in the textural accent you want  to work with (in this case, the thicker Glass Bead Glitter Gel).

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 I stenciled the word "Beautiful" onto the first bangle, and set it aside to dry.  

On the second bangle, I added "Design" with a mix of Guava and Gel Medium before moving on to add the Iced Currant and Glass Bead Glitter Gel Mix.  On that bracelet, I incorporated the color of the week by adding another layer of herringbone stencil.  (Note: you will need to allow each layer to dry to the touch before moving on to the next layer.  Drying can be sped up with careful use of a multipurpose heat tool, but alternating between coordinating projects helps to leave your pieces alone as they dry!)

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Finally, I mixed a very small amount of glaze with three separate colors: Iced Currant, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice.  In various places, I applied a small amount of each color to add more shine and to accent the stencils.  The textures already stenciled on allow these thin colors to build up along edges, adding even more depth to your design.  I just followed my gut when adding hints of additional color - if an area seemed like it could use a bit more Iced Currant, I used a paintbrush to add a little.  If another area looked a little flat with the matte colors like Acqua Dolce and Guava, I painted on a bit of either Silver Ice or Metallic Icing.  

The end result is a couple of unique, eye-catching pieces that will sow the world your inner artist!  Using your own favorite words and textures will make this project even more personal for you.  I hope you enjoyed this project, and please let me know if you decide to try it!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Iced Currant, Acqua Dolce, Guava, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stencils from the 101 Collection and 301 Collection

Palette Knife

Paintbrush

1" Flat Exterior Wood Bangle Bracelets


Shimmery Holiday Card with Silver Ice Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a shimmery holiday card tutorial using Silver Ice Gelatos®! It's quick and easy. Gather the supplies listed below and follow along.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® : Silver Ice, Iced Chai

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens: BLACK

Other: Watercolor paper, ledger paper or another print paper, scissors, stamp, palette/ craft mat, paint brush, water

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Trim watercolor paper down to your favorite size and fold in half to make the card base. Rub Silver Ice Gelatos softly on the surface and blend with water.

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Did you know that you can use your Gelatos with stamps? Just gently rub Silver Ice Gelatos on a scripty background stamp. Then huff on it or spritz it with a little water to activate the pigment. Stamp all over the card using this technique. Remember that we are simply trying to create an interesting background, so the stamping does not need to be perfect. In fact, in this case, the more imperfection the better.

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Rub some Iced Chai Gelatos on a palette or craft mat and activate with water. Splatter the diluted pigment on the card as shown.

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Use the same stamp with the Iced Chai Gelatos to create another shimmery layer to your card.

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Take some ledger or print or another found paper and cut it into a Christmas tree. Again, the more childish your cut, the better!

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Attach the tree to the card with Gel Medium. Add a small banner piece below the tree and write your greetings on it with Essential PITT Artist pen to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! A very Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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So Cute, Clothespin, Angel Ornaments

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've got a serious love thang for angels.  This quick, cute idea makes my heart pitter-patter and is a great, crafty project to do alone, with friends or with the kids.  

So grab this week's color Gelatos® Silver Ice and let's make some last minute, angel ornaments.   Here's how...

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String a large round bead onto twine and tie a knot at the top and bottom of the bead, to hold bead into place.  Be sure to leave a loop at the top and a little twine hanging at the bottom.   Add a drop of adhesive in the opening of the clothespin.  Place the bottom of twine inside, let clothespin close onto twine.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Paint clothespins using Texture Luxe™ Gold.

 

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Once dried,  cut a few pieces of burlap for the wings. Tie at center to create the look of wings. Adhere to back of clothespin. Use Gelatos® Iced Chai to add interest to wings.  Add a bit of shine by scribbling on wings using Texture Gems™ Gold and add a bit of sparkle by adding some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to  bottom half of clothespin. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring on some Gelatos® Silver Ice onto a piece of paper, punch out star shapes and adhere to your angel. 

 

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Here's a little close up so you can see some of the sparkle!

Tada!

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Geometric Trees Winter Locket

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian with you here today to share a fun jewelry idea - showcase your mixed media art inside a glass locket.  This simple geometric winter design featuring the Gelatos® color of the week, Metallic Mint, is versatile enough for your next Christmas party right up through the beginning of spring.

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What even better about this project is that you can change out the art inside anytime you like - consider this accessory a tiny frame for your miniature mixed media.  Showcase your personality with any of your favorite artwork, or just read on to re-create this simple stenciled design.  

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You can get the full supply list at the bottom of this post.   You may notice above that I included some stamping supplies, but in the end, I decided that simple was better (a small canvas is easy to fill, after all)!  You'll just need to do some basic mixing, stenciling, and texture painting.

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Begin by tracing a circle the same size as the opening in your locket (in my case, 1-1/4 inches).  Alternately, if you have a circle hole punch in the correct size, you may simply use that.  

Apply Gelatos in Elderberry directly to the background, and blend it with a damp brush or sponge for a background with a watercolor effect.  Then, prepare Gel Medium for the trees by cutting off a small piece of Gelatos sticks in Iced Pear, and the color of the week, Metallic Mint.  Mix a small amount of Gel Medium with each color until well-blended.  (You may also choose to add a hint of Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the Metallic Mint mix, like I did, for extra texture on the darker trees!)

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Using the Triangle Stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, overlap layers of trees ranging from lighter in the background to darker and more textural in the foreground.  I layered a thin watercolor coat of Metallic Mint Gelatos, then a layer of Iced Pear Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium, and finally a layer of Metallic Mint Gelatos mixed with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  (Note: allow each layer to dry in between before applying the next.)

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Finally, apply Texture Luxe in the color Pearl to the bottom of the circle to provide a snowy base for your art.  You can also add a few dots in the air as snowflakes, or paint a bit of snow onto the textured trees.  

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To showcase your art inside the locket, make sure that it's fully dry and cut (or punch) it to the correct size to fit inside.  My locket has an interior diameter of 1-1/4 inches which makes a nice size for jewelry.  Then simply close the locket for wear, and reopen it at any time to change the artwork inside!

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I hope you enjoyed this simple winter design, and that you're inspired to proudly wear your own art this season - or give it as a gift!  Handmade jewelry gifts like this are easy to put together and they're especially personal to your loved ones, who can own a bit of your art without worrying if it suits their decor or if they have space for it.  There's always space right next to their heart!

Adrianne Surian

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Easy Holiday Card Ideas

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I love this time of year.  It gives me the opportunity to get creative and try fun and unique ideas.  One of my traditions, that I hold dear is to create non-traditional holiday cards.  I love to use unique colors and items.  I do not always keep it "Christmasy" but I keep it fun.  One thing is for sure, my cards get the attention of the recipient and often is a topic of conversation for us.  So much fun. 

Today, I share my cards using this week's color  Gelatos® Metallic Mint.  Perfect for making non-traditional holiday cards with a lot of shine!  Here's what I did...

 

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For my first card, I grabbed this stencil from the Mixed Media Stencils 101 Set.  Be sure to cover card with Gesso first for even smoother blending and spreading.  Place over 1/2 of card.  Use Gelatos® Metallic Mint and Metallic Blueberry to add color by simply rubbing over stencil and spreading with finger.  Add one color first and then add a little of the second color on top and blend with finger.  They blend easily and beautifully. 

Add a ribbon, veneer Christmas Tree, a little gem and handwrite your sentiment using the Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib to finish. 

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For the 2nd card,  cover card with Gesso.  Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Skyblue 146 and Cobalt Green 156 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the  card through color.  Do this one color at a time.

Next, use this stencil from the Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection  to create cute, floral images.  I simply layered the circles one at a time on top of each other to create this look.  Use Gelatos® Metallic Mint and Metallic Blueberry to add color by simply rubbing over stencil and spreading with finger, one circle at a time. Next add a gem to the center of each flower.  Draw on a vase using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens Walnut  and doodle stems with  Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib

Finish it off by adding a bit more shimmer by scribbling all over the card with  Texture Gems™ Gold

So fun!

Supplies Used: 

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com

 

 


Holiday Tags with Metallic Mint Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today to show you how quickly you can make  your own holiday gift tags! 

Gather the following supplies before you start:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Others: watercolor paper, red twine, scissors

Let's get started.

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Start with white tags. I die cut mine out of white watercolor paper. You can also buys packs of tags at any craft store.

Rub Metallic Mint Gelatos® on the tags and blend with water.

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Color the punch hole protectors with Iced Chai Gelatos®.

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Attach the punch hole protectors to the tags using Gel Medium.

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Add some texture to the tags using the dots stencil, Texture Luxe Gold and a palette knife. Simply lay the stencil over the tag, hold the stencil in place and apply medium with palette knife.

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Cut small lengths of red twine and thread them through the tag holes.

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Write ‘To’ and ‘From’ to each tag with black PITT Artist pen, B tip.

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Fill in the names. Tie them to your gifts. And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will try making your own gift tags this holiday!

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Plaque

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 This is Rachel here, and today, I would like to share with you some inspiration all about decorating for the holidays! To begin,  I used the Strawberry Gelatos®  to create a festive plaque that I can keep on display through New Years.

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I started by covering the entire plaque with Strawberry Gelatos® then incorporating a few Mixed Media Stencils in a lot of different ways. I used a ghosting technique to take color away, I used Silver Ice Gelatos® to add color through a stencil, and finally I used Texture Luxe™ Pearl Paste through the triangle stencil to add dimension. Each of these techniques are shared in my process video to give you a better idea of what I did!

For the finishing pop on the background I painted on a generous amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel (my favorite!) and spread on a mix of Strawberry Gelatos® with Glaze medium.

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As much as I loved creating the background, the letters are really the star! I traced the Stencil 301 letters onto watercolor paper, fussy cut them out, then gave each one a coat of Gold Champagne Gelatos®, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Ice Texture Gems™. Each letter has so much sparkle and dimension! I love the combination of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with the Texture Gems™ on top.

 

Please watch the process video to get a clearer idea of each step used to create this plaque! Thanks for watching!

 

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I hope you all have a festive start to your holiday season :)

 

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SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Strawberry, Gold Champagne, Silver Ice

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Texture Luxe™ Paste Pearl

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Texture Gems™ Ice

Texture Gems™ Gold