Been a rough few weeks for me. I have a family friend in the hospital who had to have her leg amputated and now one of my VERY best friends in the whole world is in the ICU needing a ventilator to help her breathe and a feeding tube. It’s all so heartbreaking for me. I’ve been making a lot of cards lately for my friends and their family members. Today’s card is one of those.
I’m also going to show you kind of a mini-tutorial using Faber Castell Gelatos. Let me just say these things are amazing. Super highly pigmented, creamy and a little goes a long, long way. The colors are gorgeous, too. I stuck to a palette of blues for my card (one is a shimmery metallic). They’re all crazy blendable and fun.
Onto my mini-tutorial!
*Step One (well kinda more than one, but work with me) :
Spread Blueberry Gelato around edges of white cardstock (they look kind of like ChapStick®). Blend with your finger. You can blend as much or as little as you’d like, to achieve a look that’s pleasing to YOUR eyes. After I spread the Blueberry Gelato, I then stamped my image with Champagne Dazzle Versamark .
* Step Two (easy one):
Cover your stamped image with white embossing powder, tap off the excess, then heat emboss.
*Step Three (even easier):
Admire your beautiful embossed image. Oooooh! Ahhhh!
* Step Four (best part!):
Add more beautiful colors OVER the embossed white. The white embossed image now creates a resist. I used my Blue, Teal and Cotton Candy Gelatos and I blended the colors with my fingers, using a different finger for each color so I wouldn’t muddy up the colors. If one color isn’t deep enough, you can always add more. I rubbed over my finished card front with a slightly damp paper towel.
* Step Five:
Finish your card! :)
Personally, I like being able to see the stroke “marks” and that it’s not over blended. It gives it a more organic feel, but this is just me. It looks almost water-color-y, doesn’t it? The centers of the flowers didn’t photograph very well, but I added some glittery goodness using Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter and added it using the Faber Castell Gel Medium. With this a little goes a long way, especially for something so small.
I hope you liked my mini-tutorial. I have to say, I MUCH prefer doing videos. (Is that weird? )
Anyway, if you *are* the praying type, please keep my friends in your thoughts & prayers. I’d be forever grateful. xoxo
*Supplies: Not linked – Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye – Moments Collection), Vellum (Stampin’ Up).