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Metallic Gelatos are creamy little tubes of shimmery goodness. When you first see them you might think it is chapstick, but don't put it on your lips - LOL! So what can you do with these glossy little tubes? When I watched Jennifer McGuire's video I squealed in delight - I would have never though to just rub and buff! Thank you Jennifer for opening up a whole new thought process for these yummy little bursts of color!
Each of the cards above uses the Metallic Gelatos. Today I am sharing three different techniques that I hope will inspire you to experiment with this fun new product.
Emboss, Rub and Buff
I have always loved the way metallic products pop off of black paper. Many of the pearlescent powders and sprays spring to life when used on black and so each of my projects today uses black as the base.
To begin stamp each image and emboss with Clear Embossing powder.
Scribble the paint directly from the tube on to your image.
Use your finger to rub the creamy Gelato color into the paper surface and meld the colors.
This is what it looks like after being rubbed.
Use a paper towel to gently buff the embossed surface to remove excess Gelato from the embossed areas. This will dull the final color, but the shimmer remains.
Rather than trying to stay within the confines of the image you can see I created a "halo" effect around each butterfly when buffing with my paper towel. I LOVE the combination of these three colors - green, blue and purple!
When I showed these cards to my DH he was particularly complimentary of this card.
Emboss, Rub, Buff and Color
I realized that using this type of process would create an almost "tin-like" look and so decided to try it next with an image that I felt I could create an antique feel. Experimenting with different grains of embossing powder was also something I wanted to explore.
This first image was stamped and embossed with a fine, detail embossing powder. Once again scribble the paint directly on your image after heat setting the powder.
As you can see when the Gelato is rubbed into the surface it has a very fine grain on the surface.
Next I tried regular sized Clear Embossing Powder.
As you can see in this image the grain is not quite as fine and so the black is more pronounced.
Last I tried UTEE, or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. When melted the embossing powder is quite thick and smooth and as you can see the "pits" are different. This embossing powder protected the black area the best.
Trying to capture a picture of the three different types of embossing powder images side-by-side was tough - LOL! What I am hoping to share in this picture and through this process, is that it is fun to experiment and try different products together as you create and learn. You may end up with unique results that will be oh so special!
Curiousity led me to see how it would work to add color back in to my image using the Aquarelle pencils. I sprayed a little water on my non-stick craft sheet and placed the tip of the Aquarelle pencil in the water droplet until the tip was softened enough to then color, in a bold way, on my image as shown above.
To experiment further I used my waterbrush to then soften some of the green and gold color in the foliage. I left the vase alone for comparison purposes and loved the contrast between these two techniques.
Creating a sparkly background is super easy as well. Lightly spritz your stamp and color with Gelato. Hold the colored stamp about 18" away from you when spritzing for best results. Spritz once again and stamp.
Scribble, Chunk and Spritz
I randomly scribbled a combination of Gelatos on the surface of the black glossy cardstock. As I scribbled I noticed little chunks had formed along the edges of the tube. I simply added those to the surface as well.
Spritz with water making certain all chunks are settled into a water "puddle" and allow to dry.
Using the newest Martha Stewart Punch All Over butterfly I created little "windows" in the surface.
I love how easy it was to create the random pattern with this unique style punch. This butterfly is definitely a must-have if you love butterflies as much as I do - LOL!
The background was created using the script in Papillon. Use the emboss, rub and buff technique demonstrated above. I mentally calculated where each butterfly was positioned and changed out the Gelato colors behind each for added interest.
Black Velvet Gelato Style
Do you remember black velvet posters? LOL! There is another old stamping technique I believe was called Black Velvet --- this is Black Velvet with a Gelato twist. In the old technique you would stamp your image in white and then color your image with colored pencils.
Begin by stamping your image, in this image I used Palette White Canvas to stamp my image. It is important to align the image perfectly for this technique and so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make certain everything lined up correctly.
Lightly spritz stamp surface, color with Gelatos and lightly spritz again. Getting the right amount of water on your surface may take a few trial and error experiences, but once you "see" how much water is needed your results will be fabulous! Practice always makes for a much better end result :-D
Make certain your image will be aligned correctly and stamp.
Three cheers for getting those little letters aligned. I can tell you that it is probably best to start with an image that doesn't have words - LOL! Yes, I believe I stamped this three times to get it perfect. I kept getting distracted and would bump my positioner - OOPS.
The background was created using the Shimmer Sheetz technique taught here.
This project is a combination of the Black Velvet and Emboss, Rub and Buff.
This time I wanted to see if I could get a "whiter" image. I "inked" my stamp with a Snow Cap Adirondack Dabber and stamped my image.
Make certain your image is lined up exactly!
Stamp... SHIMMERY MAGIC happens!!!
Hmm - where are those black lights - LOL!
Yes, this is a LOT of information in one post, so please come back and revisit this post as needed. Get out your old favorites, add in a few new fun products and you will be thrilled with the results!
Faber-Castell Gelatos - Metallic Colors Set of 4 and Metallic Set of 2
accessories: Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder, Glitter Ritz - Rose Copper and Black, Iridescent Blue Shimmer Sheetz, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Adirondack Snow Cap Dabber, Prima Vintage Trinket Charm, Grid Blocks, Fanciful Accoutrements, Black Pearl and Rhinestone Charms, 1/4" White Silk Ribbon (use this with Copics and Distress Stains to easily coordinate with your projects!), Lavendar 1 1/4" Silk Ribbon, Be Creative Tape - 4 1/2", 1/2" and 1/4", Tim Holtz Lavish Trimmings, Inkssentials Mister, EK Success Open Scallop Punch