June 8, 2012

Emboss Resist with Gelatos

Good morning everyone ,
For those of you that do not know I work as a nurse ... as well as run TheRubberCafe.com . My husband and I have owned this company for four years . So this morning I am coming home from quite the shift ... lets just say that I am glad to be home this morning .

Todays Tutorial is on Emboss Resist - I am addicted to embossing but in a way its kinda old school . It still has its place but it was a old standby technique when this hobby first started getting popular .

Emboss Resist with Gelatos is really cool its adding some POW to a old technique . Everything comes full circle eventually in fashion I guess papercrafting is kind of the same .

I always use clear embossing powder on white paper and of course VERSA-MARK this is the gold standard for watermark ink .

Then you are going to heat it till it becomes shiny (remember if you can smell something burning you heated it too much )
Once it cools off its time to start the Magic .... pick three of your favorite colors of Gelato .. this might be hard I love all of them . This can be done in color families or in three different colors .

This is using the wood grain background stamp ... If you do not have background stamps in your collection I highly recomend that you invest in some .. Myself and a few of our other designers have designed some really great large and cheap background stamps . This is one of our newer releases and its pretty cool ...

The colors on this I used are the Dark brown , White and gold and I mixed them all together .

Lightly wipe with a baby wipe to get the Gelato off the embossing and once its done it looks like a old barn board or a piece of driftwood .
For the last photo I added a little more of the dark brown to highlight the edges a little more.

Three colors of Gelato in the same color family , on top of another great background stamp .

Do not be AFRAID to add some color and the best part is ... if its a little too much you can blot it off with a baby wipe . Below is all the colors blended with your fingers .

Taking a baby wipe in a circular motion you want to blend the colors and wipe the color off the embossing powder . I think that this is pretty a pretty neat technique .

I hope to see you again tomorrow ... for another really cool technique . Please sign up and follow my new blog or leave me some love ... I am always glad that you checked me out .

Hope you have a wonderful day


June 6, 2012

Gelato Tutorial ....

I get asked all the time ... what can you do with Gelatos ? Hmmm thats an easy one ...

Gelatos are activated with water and can also be rubbed on paper . Since we are doing the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop all week I thought that it would be great to do MINI -Tutorials all week long . Maybe you will want to play along with me experimenting !

This is not for those faint at heart and scared to dirty things up .."I am kidding this stuff comes off with out difficulty "

Lets start with the Back-Ground that I did yesterday . Letterpress is popular and I really do not want to buy ANOTHER machine . So I took the new Embossibilities folders from Spellbinders and because the patterns are so bold we can create a letterpress with them ...

Spritz your folder with water ... you are not bathing the folder just getting it wet so the Gelatos will move across the folder .

(Don't worry the Gelato will come off the folder with a nail brush and some soap and water )

Take two fabulous colors and mix and smear them all over the solid part of the folder . If the Gelato leaves little chips everywhere you need more water .

Run the paper and the folder through your embossing machine . I prefer to use water color paper (Canson is the brand ) . If you have not run watercolor paper through with an embossing folder (stop try it right now) WOW it looks so nice think of all the possibilities .

Use your fingers and rub and buff in a circular motion to blend the colors you could add a little more Gelato at any time , I added their beautiful pale yellow . If you want to add some deeper color around the edges and distress it a bit use a deeper color and spread it with a paint brush .

Hopefully I will see you all back here tomorrow ... I have another fun background idea . Do not forget to leave your comments ... there are prizes just for showing us some LOVE .

Have a wonderful creative day ...

Getting Inky

Welcome to The Rubber Cafe/Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop! If you've just joined us today and would like to start the blog hop from the beginning, simply click on The Rubber Cafe blog to begin. If you've come here from Jennifer Matott 's blog, you are in the right place!

For this blog hop, we will be showcasing project ideas, inspiration, and tutorials featuring fabulous products you won't want to miss! Hop along with us as we work with products from these great companies: div>

The Rubber Cafe

The Rubber Cafe is a stamp manufacturer of high quality, deeply etched stamps and other fine paper crafting tools and accessories. All of our beautiful stamps are made right here in the USA in sunny San Diego, California! Visit http://www.therubbercafe.com today to view their complete product line!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft was founded more than 240 years ago in Germany as a pencil manufacturer. Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, professional art supplies in the Art & Graphic line, as well as its fine writing instruments and accessories. Too see their complete product line, visit http://www.fabercastell.com today!

For your next stop on the hop, you'll be visiting Irit Shalom.

Don't forget to leave a comment on each manufacturer and designer's blog for a chance to win great prizes such as:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate!
The Rubber Cafe will be giving away a TWO $25 Gift Certificates!

The blog hop contest will be open until midnight June 10th and the winners will be announced on June 12th on the company's blogs.

Here is a complete list of the designers participating in our blog hop:

START AT: Rubber Café http://blog.therubbercafe.com/
Cherry Nelson http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Matott http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/
Melissa Forsyth http://stamping-queen.blogspot.com
Irit Shalom http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Michele Ciola http://creative-mayhem.blogspot.com/
Tesa Broman http://tesasscrap.blogspot.com/
Rita Barakat http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Michelle Pearson http://inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/
Tiffany Johnson: http://iheartartblog.com/
Kristine Reynolds http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/
Karen Thede http://imbydesign.blogspot.com/
Heidi Blankenship http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
END AT: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/