Glorious Gelatos and a Canvas

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It was time to create but I had no mojo.  You see I have been busy planning my very first public showing of my art, an all day crop, as well as a visit from a dear friend.  Planning hasn't left much time for creativity.  This day was particularly busy, but I had to get something created for my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® post.  Well, what is a girl to do???

I go to my studio and the thought process begins.  I grab a canvas and the new Gelatos® Steampunk .  I knew I wanted to use the Gelatos® Black Cherry for the  flowers.  Creativity begins.  As I create, I am not too sure how this is going to turn out.  Not so sure I like it.  However, as I continue, blending and smoothing edges with water and my fingers, adding shading and light, I begin to like it more and more. To my surprise on this day, I'm feeling like, "Wow, sometimes when I do not want to create, I am able to create something more beautiful than when I do want to create."  LOL!  It's a fun and silly thought and for me it's true...just for this moment.  

I am feeling happy and stress free.  Feeling grateful for being on the summer design team, for it has given me direction and a reason to create and relax.  So perfect, for an otherwise busy day.  Here it is.  The not so cute start and the awesome finish. 

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An ocean tag with Mou

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's pictorial of an ocean tag!

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To make this tag, I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

 
Others: tag, paint brush, stamps, acrylic block, twine
 
Now, let me walk you through the steps

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Brush on gesso to the tag.

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Ink up shell stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pen to cover only the areas you want to stamp.

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Color the stamped shells with Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Blend colors with wet brush.

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Color the background with Gelatos colors and blend with wet brush.

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Apply Whipped Spackle through stencil on the tag with palette knife. Add a 3D sticker to embellish the tag.

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Tie twine to the tag to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would make your own ocean tag. 

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Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Rita!

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 Hey there artsy friends Rita Barakat here today! Surely by now you have tried  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glass Bead Glass Bead Glitter Gel? Well if not lets take a closer look shall we?   When the Glass Bead Glitter Gel is dry, it has little glass beads in it that reflect the light. When it is dry it is clear so you can still see whatever design is underneath.

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Full Bloom Chalkboard by Tonya Gibbs

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Hi everyone,  I'm super excited to bring  you today's project. I've created this Chalkboard Art that would make an awesome gift for someone.   This project is one of those that started out being one thing and ended up being something totally different.  I started out wanting to make watercolor card gift sets to share with friends. But when I finished the Art Panel it was just too beautiful to turn into a card. It needed to be displayed on a wall!

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Let Your Dreams Take Flight

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Hello everyone.  Terri here.  I have a fun mixed media canvas project for you today.  There are lots of pictures so you might want to grab a cup of tea!

Let me show you what we are making today.

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Take the Challenge with Mou, August 2014

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the eighth Take The Challenge of 2014! 
 
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
 
August is back-to-school month here. This month's challenge is to create a project with school colors: the colors might be from your own school, those of your kids, grandkids, nephews, nieces, or even one that you just love. But those are the only colors you can to use in addition to black / white/ both pens.
 
My kids school colors are red, gold and black. Here's my take:
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In my project, I used - 
 
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Instead of doing a photo tutorial, I did a video this month to show you the techniques. I hope you enjoy!
 
  
 
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 8/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: One tub of Glaze medium each.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 8/18 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!
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Chunky Mini Album Cover by Susanne Rose

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Hi everyone! This is Susanne Rose and I want to share with you how I created this chunky mini album cover using tons of fabulous products from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

First of all, grab yourself a piece of cardboard. I took off most parts of it's first layer. It's helpful to wet the cardboard previously.

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Coloring Cork with Gelatos AND Freebie Friday!

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Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with a photo tutorial for ya! Lately, I've been all about adhesive cork from DCWV & decided to try my hand at creating a card with it!

Materials:

  • Gelatos® (bubblegum, mango, metallic mint, gold champagne, black licorice)
  • Glaze
  • Die-cuts/dies/stencils (Sizzix Chevron Alterations Die by Tim Holtz, Lawn Fawn Thanks Scripty Die, Studio Calico Sunbrust Mask)
  • Paint Brush/Foam Brush
  • Collapsible Water Cup
  • Stamper's Artist Pen in White
  • DCWV Adhesive Cork Sheets
  • 12" x 12" Cork Tile
  • White Cardstock
  • Washi Tape

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1. Die-cut cork.

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2. Color cork pieces with Gelatos of choice.

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3. Blend with Glaze. This will also help seal the color into the cork without adding water while adding a nice shine to the finished piece!

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4. Color a large piece of cork with Gelatos using an ombre/gradient effect. Blend with damp foam brush! There's no need to add Glaze to this as the water will set the Gelatos color into the cork.

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5. You can apply the same ideas to a large piece of cork tile! Use the Stamper's Artist Pen in White to trace a design, then color with Gelatos of choice!

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6. Just like with the smaller die-cut pieces, blend the Gelatos color with Glaze to seal the color in! 

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Once dry, you can hang it on your office wall using some double-sided tape & you're ready to hang small reminders & mementos!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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It's also Freebie Friday today!  Our giveaway this week is 5 sticks of our Double Scoop® Gelatos®, the Glass Bead Glitter Gell, Glaze and Gel Medium (total MSRP $50).  

Use the giveaway widget to enter!  This giveaway will close on Sunday, August 3rd at 11PM ESt.  

*This giveaway is open to US and international residents.

 

 

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Sparkle Tutorial

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Hi there!  Katie from KBStamps here again.  Today I want to share a fun tutorial with you for how to make this Sparkle card!  I love the way this turned out and the fun use of the PITT® Pastel Pencil(s)!

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Altered Tin by Zoey

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Hello Crafters!

Guess who is here today, me! Zoey!

Today I want to show you an Altered Tin! I had this Tin since years , maybe 6 years? And I never had the chance to play with it...untill today! 

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MIX & MATCH

MIX & MATCH from Faber-Castell makes designing with COLOR simple. Choose a color set that inspires you. Choose a medium. Mix & Match as you create. Color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors & mediums will work beautifully together.

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