Playing with Gelatos

I have had a lot of fun playing with Gelato ( gel sticks ) recently.  Today I want to share with you some projects I have created using this fun medium. 

For my first project  I created a background for one of my PL style swap cards. I used water color paper as my base.  I started by rubbing the paper with a baby wipe to moisten my card.  You can start with the lightest or darkest color, whichever you prefer.  First, rub the gel stick onto the paper, graduating the color and rubbing gently with a baby wipe and your finger to blend the colors.  You can go back and add more colors, layering until you get the intense color your looking for.

This is my completed card     

Next I chose some wood pieces that I picked up at Michaels Crafts
I started by spritzing water onto my wood piece and then layering the colors, rubbing them in and blending with my finger ( this is a messy but fun project )

Here you can see the water I spritzed on the wood before blending my colors
I really like this color combo

These are the complete pieces I *painted a light coat of gel varnish over the surface of the pieces to finish them off and give them a shiny look.  * make sure your get is completely dry before adding this step.

 For my last technique I used a foam stamp with my gelatos and stamped a pretty flower onto my white card. ( I only use smooth finish cardstock when stamping ) I applied the lightest color of gel stick to the center of the stamp and then worked outward to the darkest color, covering the entire image. 

Next I sprayed the entire image with water.

Then I carefully stamped onto my card.

I then added a bit of color to the corners and blended with my finger and a baby wipe.
I used my heat tool to completely dry the surface of my card and then using a brush tip pen I added my title.
I'm really happy with the results of these cards.  The bottom journal card was done with a second stamp of the gel, creating a lighter watercolor effect.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope this little tutorial inspires you to get a bit messy and play with this fun medium. 

Happy Scrappin'

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