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August 2011

Technique Tuesday - Stamping with Gelatos!

Thank you to Jill Foster for sharing this technique using Gelatos and stamps!  Gelatos are a great new medium for rubber stamping. 

Watercolor hello (J Foster) 
 To begin, spritz your stamp with a bit of water.  2 to 3 spritzs should do it.

Step 2 Spray with Water 
 Apply color to your rubber stamps by gliding Gelatos gently over the surface.  Feel free to use more than one color, the colors will blend right on your stamp! 

Step 3 Color with Gelatos 
 Use the Stamper's Big Brush to color the smaller area of your stamp, here Jill aplied the Stamper's Big Brush to the flower stems.

Step 4 
 Now, stamp!  Voila!  A beautiful image perfect for a greeting card or scrapbook page.  Thanks Jill for this great technique!

Step 6 Stamp

Back to school!

Hi bloggers! Rita Barakat here!
Yay back to school!
Did you know that you could spice up those boring lunch bags?
Last year I bought expensive bags only to have one zipper break,
one get lost and got ruined with kids throwing it. (That's another story! LOL!)
This year I went inexpensive and decided to decorate it myself!
First I used a Stampers Big Brush to draw my outline.
They are filled with India ink so they don't bleed even when wet.
Then I filled in some of the spaces with Gesso.

                                I used my Stampers Big Brushes to cover the Gesso!!!
                                                               They went on smooth!

She LOVES it!
It's unique and special made by mom!

Smooth Blending with Art Grip Colored Pencils

Hi everyone! It's Jill here with a card created using our NEW Art GRIP® Colored Pencils.  I love how easy it is to blend with these pencils--no blending pencil or blending solution needed!

A bird

Begin by stamping image, Penny Black 4157K Nature's Day, onto smooth white cardstock:

A tut 7
 Color branch using brown Art GRIP® Colored Pencils, beginning with your lightest color and adding darker colors on top.  Leave a white highlight along one side of the branch:

A tut 5
Use oranges, reds, and yellows to color flowers, again starting with your lightest color and adding darker colors on top, leaving a few white highlights on each petal:

A tut 4
Next, color bird:

A tut 3 

Finally, color the leaves:

A tut 1
Cut out image and mount onto card:

A bird
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hugs and happy stamping! :)

Don't worry, you can still catch Tiffany's demo!

If you missed Tiffany's live demo with Oh My Crafts yesterday, never fear - you can watch it here.  Tiffany shares some great techniques using the Textural Accents Sampler, Art GRIP Aquarelles®, Gelatos.  Don't miss her inventive technique using PITT Pastel Pencils and Embossing Powder! 

Still looking for inspiration?  Check out our Facebook page and see what our fans have been up to this summer!

Looks what's New!

We're getting back into the swing of things after our time away in Chicago.  CHA Summer was a great show!  We launched 8 - yes 8 new products at the show that will be arriving soon at scrapbook stores.  Here's what you can look forward to:

Art GRIP® color pencil palettes in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green.  You'll find these color pencils are like no other - they lay down buttery smooth, blend with ease and stay vibrant for years to come.  No wasted, broken leads with these pencils, they leads are glued inside the barrels from tip to end so you get more mileage out of these guys. 

PITT® artist pens Journaling Sets in Red/Yellow and Blue/Green palettes are the perfect choice for journaling in brilliant color or creating free flowing doodles.  The India ink won't bleed through your pages or fade over time. 

And asked for them, so we've delivered.  New neutral palettes of Ink & Aquarelles and PITT® artist pens let you get a bit "grungy" with your projects.  Create vintage, shabby and distressed looks with this new palette. 


With a bit of inspiration...


Hi All, Colleen McGinty here on Technique Tuesday with an idea for turning your favorite papers into works or art! 
Are you like me and love all the beautiful scrapbook papers available and buy them for inspiration?  With your own interpretation of the designs and your Faber-Castell art materials you can turn some of these beautiful inspiration papers into canvas art for your walls!

Black butterfly

 White butterfly 
I used these Bo Bunny scrapbook papers as inspiration and recreated my own artwork on 8x10 thick wrapped canvases.

Inspiration papers 
Design Memory Craft Materials:              

  • Stamper's Big Brush raw umber
  • Stamper's Big Brush nougat
  • Stamper's Big Brush colbalt turquoise
  • Stamper's Big Brush cobalt green
  • Pitt Artist Pen dark sepia
  • Art GRIP colored pencil sets; yellow, green & blue palettes
  • Metallic Gelatos green & blue

Other materials

  • rubber stamps (un-mounted)           
  • embossing stamp pad
  • white embossing powder
  • silver glitter embossing powder
  • black embossing powder
  • mini crystal rhinestones
  • artist canvases
  • heat tool
  • ruler

Mix the Gelato colors on a pallet with water, spread the color evenly over the surface of the canvas front and sides (let dry). Draw a few grid lines with your ruler and Art GRIP colored pencils.

Stamp your designs in a way that is pleasing to your eye. I like to use un-mounted rubber stamps on canvas, this way I can wrap them around the canvas sides, and press into the canvas firmly.

Use the embossing powders for the butterflies and a few scrolls around the edges for depth and interest.

Work back into your piece by darkening some of the scroll work with the tip of the brush pen and the colored pencils.

Accent with the glitter embossing powder and mini rhinestones.









Dreamy backgrounds with Gelatos...


 Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here with an easy way to make dreamy backgrounds for your projects!
Gelatos make for a fool proof plan- you can do this!
Start with a blank canvas...
Add lots of scribbles with different colors...
Add lots of water...
Tilt and let it drip...
Tilt another way and let it drip... blend any lines with a dry stiff paint brush and evaluate.
Does it need more color? Add it. Too much color? Get a paper towel and blot - you can lift some of the color and spray with water again to blend. And there you have it! Dreamy results...
 I used the same technique on the tag.
Perfect for pictures or embellishments...
or the cover of a canvas mini album!

A New Addition {Art Grip Colored Pencils}







Good morning blogosphere! You may have seen some sneak peeks of products that have been recently added to the Design Memory Craft family. Well, I'm most excited about the Art Grip Colored Pencils! I love that I don't need a blending stump or odorless mineral to get beautiful blending. Nor do I need a million colors.

Here's a video tutorial on how to use the Art Grip Colored Pencils to color in a line image stamp. You'll also see a glimpse of the new warm grey brush tipped PITT Marker which is perfect for shadows! Please note that this video is longer than most of my others so that you can clearly see the steps. The coloring starts at around 2:25.


Thanks for watching!