Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gelatos & Embossing Folders...

Hi Everyone ~ I couldn't wait to share this fun tutorial with you using some great products and sets from The Rubber Cafe!

I'll start off by sharing my finished project.  I'm not really sure what this technique is called, so we'll just say it's Embossed Gelato.  It's a little messy looking, but honestly, that's what I was going for.  

The first step is to pick out a fun embossing folder from your stash. I picked out this fun Cuttlebug folder because it had lots of different things to color ~ flowers, leaves, swirls, hearts, etc.  Then I selected which Gelato colors I wanted to use.  I picked the new Tropical Designer Colors and then I just started coloring them right on the plastic embossing folder.

TIP: When using the Gelatos on the embossing folder, color with them straight up and down so you don't mess up the tips.  If you slant them in your hand, they tend to crumble.

Next ~ spritz the embossing folder with a little bit of water in a spray bottle to activate the brilliant colors.  Be careful not to spray too much water or you'll have a mess.   Add your cardstock to the folder and put it through your embossing machine.

Voilá ~ here's the pretty result!  If you want, you can even take a wet paintbrush and add more color to specific areas as desired.

To clean up your embossing folder, just use a sponge and warm soapy water ~ easy peasy!

Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set using bright blue pigment ink and cut them out using Spellbinders dies.  The final touch is a stamped butterfly from the Large Trailing Butterflies image with pink ink on vellum cardstock.  I trimmed it with my scissors and then once it was dry, I added some sparkle with Zig Wink of Stella Brush - Clear.

Stamps ~ The Rubber Cafe: True FriendLarge Trailing Butterflies
Gelatos ~  Tropical Designer Colors
Glitter ~ Zig Wink of Stella Brush - Clear
Cardstock ~ Bazzill; Vellum
Ink ~ Clearsnap Pigment Ink; Memento
Ribbon ~ May Arts
Embossing Folder ~ Cuttlebug
Spellbinders Dies


wendyp said...

This is gorgeous, Kendra! LOVE that gorgeous mix of colors!

AShu93 said...

Very pretty Kendra! I've been wanting to try that for a while & you've inspired me. Love those colors together.

cricutwhenican said...

Did you use water color paper or Heavy Weight card stock for the embossed piece.

Kendra said...

I believe I used cardstock on this piece because this was done before I regularly started using watercolor paper. If I were doing this technique now, I would use watercolor paper.

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