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March 2011

Watercolor Stamping With Gelatos

It's Tiffany, from iheartart here today to share a technique video with you! You will learn to make 2 different cards in less than 5 minutes incorporating a watercolor stamping technique with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos! 

Here's what you'll need to make these two cards: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos and a Stamper's Big Brush Marker in black, 2 A2 card bases, various image stamps and sentiment stamps, a paintbrush, a mister, and some pearls and rhinestones.



I hope you enjoyed the video! 

Emboss Resist with Gelatos

Hi everyone! Jill Foster here with an emboss resist technique using Gelatos.
Begin by stamping Hero Arts Wreath of Leaves (CG215) with VersaMark ink on white cardstock. Next, heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color directly on top of this white cardstock (and your embossed image) using the Gelatos shown in the photo or any other color combo you desire.  Be sure to completely color the background- this will make blending easier.  Blend these colors together using your fingertip, adding more color from the gelato while blending to darken the color. Stamp Hero Arts Friend Definition (CG125) on top of the gelato background using a Stamper's Big Brush Marker, removing some ink from the stamp with a baby wipe before stamping. When finished remove the excess Gelato ink from the embossed wreath with a baby wipe. Sentiment by Papertrey Ink.

The possibilities and color combos are really limitless with this technique.  Have fun!

Spring Fairies...

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 Hello all Rita Barakat 
here with a spring project - Fairies! 
I love fairies and this is an easy and fun project! 

 A close up...
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Use a Faber-Castell PITT® Artist Big Brush pen to color the stamp. Stamp the fairies onto watercolor paper. Quickly cover with embossing powder and melt with a heat gun. Use Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Aquarelle watercolor pencils to color in the fairies and a small wet paintbrush to blend. Cut out the fairies and use a black PITT® artist Big Brush pen on the edges.  Attatch the fairies to dowels. February 2011 005 
Rip the papers into strips, cover the pots with white glue and attatch the strips.

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After the pots dry, draw lines with your Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos and blend with a wet paint brush. Fill the pots with floral foam and cover with peat moss. Tie a ribbon and use Glue Dots(R) to hold it in place around the pot. Use Glue Dots(R) to attach the flowers to the pots.   

Graphic 45 Cling Stamps, Watercolor paper, Faber-Castell PITT® Artist Pens Big Brush, embossing powder, Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Aquarelle (watercolor) pencils, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Glitz paper layers, ribbon,
Zva flowers, floral foam, tiny Clay pots, peat moss, white glue, dowels, Glue Dots (R)


Technique Tuesday: Masking with Art GRIP® Aquarelles

Jen Matott here again to share with you another one of my banner pieces and a technique that I used throughout the creation of the artwork. This is a great way to add shapes while masking additional elements or textures.

Yellow banner09 In this banner piece, I used a Grungeboard butterfly shape as a mask. 

Yellowprocess1Hold the shape steady and use my Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Aquarelle pencils to color outside the shape. I trace around the shape first (in case I accidentally move!) and then use a variety of monochromatic pencil colors to create a colored background. After lifting the mask, I use the brush that is included in the pencil set to add water and blend the colors outward.

Yellowprocess2 Inside the masked shape, I use the brush to take some of the blended color and create a bit of a detail inside the shape.

Yellowprocess5 Once the wet, colored areas dry, I use a similar PITT® Artist pen to outline the shape for definition. (Aquarelles and PITT® are color matched to each other so they will blend beautifully!)

This technique can be used as well with blocking out text or other element inside the shape. Here is another example where I used a stamp inside the shape and added the color outside the shape in the same manner as above.


Note how well the black PITT® pen writes on this raw canvas. I love how well the India Ink in these pens performs on different surfaces!  

Hope you enjoyed this week's tutorial :) See you again soon!



Sketchbook Sunday with Jill Foster

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Hi! Jill Foster here popping in to share another peek at my sketchbook! :) 
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I began by cutting a piece of white cardstock for the center panel. I stamped the Hero Arts Flower using black ink. The flower was then colored in using Stamper's Big Brush Markers and PITT® Artist Pens. The blue background was created using Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils--scribbling to lay down the blue color and then adding water directly over this to blend. Next, I stamped Hero Arts Friend Definition with black ink, dabbing off a few areas on the stamp with a baby wipe before stamping. I adhered this center panel to the sketchbook page. The red background was colored using Stamper's Big Brush Markers and all the black detailing and the quote were written using PITT® Artist Pens. White highlights were added using  a white gel pen.

Shine Brightly! Big Brush & Gelato Card Video Tutorial from Scrap Time

Wow, look at this beautiful card made by independent paper crafting blogger Christine Urias from Scrap Time. Isn't it gorgeous? She used our Stamper's Big Brush Pens, our Gelatos, and Lawn Fawn stamps...

Shine Brightly Card 

Aren't those colors amazing? Her card seems to "glow" just perfectly!

If you're like me, you want to know just exactly how she did it. Well, you're in luck! She created a fabulous step-by-step video tutorial that will give you all the tips you need for recreating this luminous look...


Scrap Time - Ep. 607 - Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Gelatos from Mark Giles on Vimeo.

Thank you. Christine, for sharing you tutorial with us!

To read more detail about how she made the card and to learn more about the specific stamps used, be sure to visit Scrap Time here.

Technique Tuesday: Cardboard Banner

It's Tuesday again! Ready to learn another technique? First, some background...

Have you seen this new Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft ad in magazines lately?

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Guess what? That blue banner with the birds on it is my artwork!  I'm so excited to see them in print! 

Today I'm going to share how I made one of my banner pieces in that artwork. First, I cut a triangle from corregated cardboard (I actually used a box that some scrapbook supplies were shipped in!). 


  I peeled the first layer of the cardboard at the corners.  Next, I covered about 3/4 of the triangle with sheet music using a strong adhesive.

I used a metallic blue Gelato and a green and two other blues for the drip effect. 






Take the Gelatos and add some loose layers of color at the top. I started with the lightest colors and added a tiny bit of darker on top.  The last application was the metallic color. Once the water is added, they will mix together.





Using a brush, add water and tip the triangle upright to allow for drips. I used a heat gun to dry them quickly in order to start the next step.







Once dry, I wanted to add some white dots over top for more texture and depth. I used sequin waste as my template. Place the template over the cardboard and hold with one hand.




Take the white Gelato and go over the template in some areas. Once you go over the area you want, take your finger and rub over the template to smear the Gelato into the negative space. This will create the dots. Remove the template and you will see your design.



Finally, I added an ink jet transfer to the bottom of the triangle. You can also use a stamp or rub on as the final image. To create an ink jet transfer, just print your image onto a transparency and place with ink side face down on your substrate. Using a bone folder or spoon, rub over back of transparency to transfer.  You will get a somewhat distressed image. Solid images work best for this technique. 

Here is my final banner piece:

I hope you enjoyed these techniques and look forward to sharing more techniques with you next week!


Special Design Memory Craft Values at HSN!

Hi Gang! Were you up at 2am this morning watching HSN? No? Then you missed Design Memory Craft's exciting debut on HSN! Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft brand manager, Tonya Lutz, was on at 2:15am, 6:40am and 7:20am. Can you imagine how tired she be? I think she was up all night!

If you missed it, don't worry! The special HSN values are available for a little while longer, and you can watch the videos from your computer :) 

HSN Gelatos Set  
Gelatos Set: Special HSN Price of only $16.95. HERE is a link to the HSN site to learn more and to find the video link. 12 Gelatos, 2 stamps, and 2 brushes for only $16.95.




 Creative Journaling Kit    

35-Piece Creative Journaling Kit: Special HSN price of $19.95. This carries a MSRP of $29.95! Link HERE to the HSN site to view more & to find the video link.





 HSN Stamper's Dream Red-Yellow Set

Stamper's Dream Set: Available in the Red/Yellow Set or the Green/Blue set. Comes with 2 Big Brush India Ink Pens, 6 Art GRIP Aquarelle Pencils, 2 clear stamps, 2 painbrushes, and 3 tubes of textural accents (2ml/ea of gesso, glaze and gel!) Special HSN value of $19.95. This grouping would normally carry a MSRP of $28.85. Visit the HSN site HERE to view more about this set.


 Please note that these are special values available only for a limited time via HSN.

Canvas tags, Gelatos & Metallic PITT® Pens!

Hi all Rita Barakat here with a quick and easy project to get your creative juices flowing! I love doing small quick projects whenever I feel like I might be in a rut ... A perfect remedy for creative block :)

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Canvas Tag

Using a small canvas tag, I draw directly on it with Gelatos (two shades of blue) and then sprayed it directly with water, making it really wet. I then used a paint brush to blend.

Once dry I used my Faber-Castell metallic PITT® pen to draw stars and doodles. I cut out the vintage image(Crafty Secrets) and used the gold PITT® pen on the edges, attatched it to the canvas with a tape runner. And finally, I used some blue and green wire to hang my little tag! 

Like I said, quick & easy!