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Tinted Gesso for Adding Texture and a Perfect Color Match


Hello everyone!  Heidi here today with another Guest Designer post.  One of my favorite ways to add texture to a project is using Gesso.  I have a tutorial to share with you showing how I tinted the Gesso using Gelatos® for a perfect color match to my project and added texture. 

Here is the card that I designed using the tinted Gesso.  


To start I poured a little bit of the Gesso in to a dish and then I used a craft knife to shave off little slivers of the Metallic Blueberry Gelato® .  I used the end of the paint brush to stir the mixture. 


 I added a little more of the Metallic Blueberry Gelato® until I achived the color I wanted.   


For the base I used Sno Cone (light blue) cardstock.  I placed the stencil on top and used the palette knife from the Gelatos® Tool Set  to apply the tinted Gesso  and then removed the stencil.


I also added some of the tinted Gesso  around the outer edges of the paper and then I used a heat tool to dry and slightly bubble up the Gesso.  Then I let the paper cool before touching it to help the Gesso  firm up and keep the raised texture.  


To create the butterfly I used simply smooth cardstock and S4-395 Les Papillions Two die template from Spellbinders Paper Arts® to cut/emboss the shape.  Then I left the paper in the die and used the die as a stencil.  I rubbed my finger on to the Boysenberry Gelato® and then rubbed over the die template filling in the open areas with color.


I removed the butterfly from the die template and then I applied the Lavender Gelato® and blended the color using my finger.  I also applied a little of the tinted Gesso  around the outer edges of the butterfly.


Once I had the background and the butterfly done then I assembeled the card.  I also used S4-293 Lacey Circles, S4-345 Picot Edge Circles die templates and 3D Foam Squares in between the layers of the card.  For a little sparkle I added some diamond stickles around the butterfly and for the body I added light blue pearls.  I love using the tinted Gesso to match the color of my cardstock and add texture to my project.  I hope you like the tutorial and you will give it a try!

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I hope you have a wonderful and creative day!




Faber-Castell Design•Memory•Craft®:  Gelatos®  Metallic Blueberry, Boysenberry,  Lavender,  Gesso (#770302), Gelatos® Tool Set (#770312)

Paper: Simly Smooth White, Sno Cone

Dies:  Spellbinders Paper Arts® S4-293 Lacey Circles, S4-345 Picot Edge Circles, S4-395 Les Papillions Two

Accessories:  Best Friends Stencil, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser-49', 3D Foam Squares, Kaisercraft Bliss Pearls, Ranger Diamond Stickles, Heat Tool, Craft Knife

HeidiHello, my name is Heidi Blankenship and I live in Minnesota with my husband Eric and two boys, Dusty and Evan. I have been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry. I am currently on the Spellbinders Blog Team, JustRite Papercaft Blog Team, Discount Cardstock, Really Reasonable Ribbon Special Events Design Team, Vintage Street Market and The Rubber Cafe Glue-ista Team . 


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Jess S.

Wow, very pretty card!

Vicky Aberto

fabulous tip and project!


Fun to tint Gesso!! Love all the details in this card - just beautiful :) Thanks for the steps out <3


Gorgeous! Great tutorial. Has definitely inspired some ideas for me...thanks!

Jean Marmo

I will have to try this!

Holly Woodcock

LOVE that butterfly!


Hello what is the white stuff you put with it

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