Thursday, December 9, 2010

Experimenting with Gesso

this card, though not of the season... still got created for some reason because i was experimenting with Gesso... yup!! this simple medium can create wonders friend!!! i love the textures it gives to the project. (for anyone who doesn't know about Gesso, its a primer that is used for canvas, wood, metal, plastic etc.. mostly its available at craft stores, mine is from Claudine Hellmuth Studio)

for starters, layer Gesso medium on a white card stock. i used a pallet knife for this but i think u can use a scrapper or some item with smooth edge. layer the gesso well in a sort of an uneven thick paste. you'll need to let it sit for a while until it gets dry. Gingersnap Creation is having a new color challenge called the vintage hues so i added the vintage effects to this with acrylic paints. below is a close up.

now, for the actual card... i used Tim Holtz's Rock Star stamp with acrylic paint... this is a little tough to get with all that texture.. so in some areas i had to repaint over the stamp... then i added, 4 eyelets on each corner, took some wire and attached it. i then layered this piece on another card which is inked (walnut stain, vintage photo, fired brick) and sprayed (tsukinke - walnut ink) Finally, added the ribbon and painted word "cherish"(from making memories slice machine)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


i'm back with SNOW!!!! well, actually since i live in the tropics there is absolutely NO snow... i do get to enjoy it when i step out of my country once in a while... however, this week many of the blogs have put up challenges with regard to snow or snow people... so i wanted to join in the fun!!!

i have used LORD T!M's addictive distress inks (Tim Holtz Distress Ink (THDI) vintage photo, walnut ink, fired brick) to create the background and have stamped it with letter stamp (THDI - aged mahogany). i found a really cool vintage effect snow man and affixed that on the card. then cut out a 'snow' word off of the my favorite machine the making memories slice and inked it glittered it (broken china, chipped sapphire - THDI & Broken China Stickles) . after layering that then i stamped 2 snowflakes inked with the paint dabber (Adirondack Paint Dabber - Aqua).

Hope you like my creation.. and i hope you will join in the fun to celebrate the season with a little bit of SNOW!!!

I have entered this card to following challenges:

Gingersnap Creations - Snowpeople
Gingersnap Creations - Vintage Hues
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Hoilday Greetings
City Crafter - Let it Snow
Moxie Fab World - Card Creations - All Occasions