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)


  1. This one is also a great entry to the GC challenge. Gesso is so much fun to work with and Claudine's is like working with the creme de la creme. You achieved great textures with your gesso!

  2. Wow ... that is one fabulous background ... and such gorgeous vintage hues ... so glad you joined our fashion-themed fun at Gingersnap Creations.