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!

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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

Christmas Cards Design Team

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...

 

Christmas Cards 1

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!

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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


Slumber Should Be Broken: A Mixed Media Canvas

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with a mixed media canvas tutorial for you. Holiday season is busy, so let's get started right away.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Metallic Grape, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Gelatos Tool Set

101 Stencil Collection

102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: Black

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily #2

Others: canvas, cardstock, old book paper, resin accent, stamp, tissue

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Color canvas with Metallic Grape Gelatos and blend with gesso.

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Once the color dries, lay a stencil from the 102 Stencils Collection on the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.

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Ruffle up some tissue paper and attach to the canvas with gel medium. Layer a die-cut doily on top.

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Once the surfaces dry, add more colors with Iced Chai and Iced Coffee Gelatos. Color the die cut doily with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Layer a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection on top of the doily and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.

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Ink up a background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Add some strips of old book paper near the top left part of the canvas.

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Rub some Texture Luxe Gold and dilute some of it to so it will drip down. Let dry.

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Attach a resin accent with gel medium. Rub more Texture Luxe Gold on it. Attach a phrase cut out of old book paper.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.

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Metallic Grape Ornament

Metallic Grape Ornament

For my family, now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America we have moved our focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

Now this week our Gelatos® color is Metallic Grape, which isn't necessarily the first color you think about when you think of holiday colors, but I don't believe you have to stick to traditional rules in art! 

To create this ornament I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

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I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
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I took my Gelatos and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
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Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
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I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos to dye them.
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I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
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I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
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After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
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I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
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You can stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

 

ERIN

 

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Quick Thanksgiving Place Cards

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Hello creatives, this is Rachel again and I'm so excited to usher in a new Gelatos® Color of the Week... CARAMEL! It is such a beautiful creamy color and it worked wonderfully as the main background on my tag. With Thanksgiving just over one week away (can you believe it!?) I have created these quick and easy name tags for your Thanksgiving Dinner Table.  

It's so easy to make I even have a video for you! You can watch it here or at the facebook link here. All you really need is a tag, the Scandinavian Collection stencil, and a few gorgeous autumn Gelatos®: Caramel, Iced Currant, Cinnamon, Blood Orange, and Iced Chai. Make sure to take advantage of the Gelatos® Blending Tool! It makes the colors blend like buttah :)

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I cut each name out of watercolor paper using my Silhouette Cameo. I then painted a thin coat of Gesso so the Gelatos® would blend more easily. To finish off the name, I coated it with Glass Bead Glitter Gel... because I can't live without Glass Bead Glitter Gel! 

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I hope you all have a beautiful, tasty, and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Thanks so much for joining me today :)

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SUPPLIES

Gelatos: Caramel, Iced Current, Cinnamon, Iced Chai, Blood Orange

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Walnut Brown

Design Memory Craft Gesso

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Scandinavian Collection

Texture Gems™ Gold

Other Supplies:

Silhouette Cameo

Manilla Tag

Twine

Watercolor Paper