Sunday 29 January 2017

Bright Gelato Background

The inspiration for this card came from a demonstration of Gelatos by Kay Halliwell-Sutton today.  I loved the layers that she created on an 8"x8" piece and decided to reproduce the effect but using different stamps and stencils on a smaller piece.

I also started with some watercolour card, which I trimmed to 16.3cm x 16.3cm.  I had torn up some junk mail, a page from an old AA map book and a couple of book pages and glued these pieces randomly all over the page using Matte Collage Medium by Tim Holtz, covering the whole thing to seal it.  Once dry, I trimmed the edges from the back.

The next stage was to add a coat of white gesso in preparation for adding the Gelatos.

The colours that I worked with were Snow Cone, Margarita Mix, Orange Soda and Passion Fruit.  I scribbled onto areas of the background and blended them out using a different finger for each colour. 
It is really easy to remove the Gelatos using a damp baby wipe through a stencil to create layers.  For this step I used two different mini stencils by the Crafters Workshop; Specimens and Impressions.
For the next layer of texture and interest, I used Black Archival ink and a range of different stamps, mostly from IndigoBlu.  The Limor Circles stamps come in a range of sizes in the same patterns; the Dinkie Ink Splat Butterfly echoes the butterflies from the Specimens stencil.  I only used short sections of two of the Rugged Edge stamps in my hand as I didn't want sharp edges to the stamping.  The final stamp set which I used was the Ageing Beautifully set designed by Sheena Douglass.  I didn't need to stamp the entire background as I was intending to add a separate matted sentiment topper.

Before matting the background onto a piece of 16.7cm x 16.7cm black card, I wrapped a piece of narrow satin ribbon across the front, securing each end at the back with tape for neatness.

To create the sentiment topper, I made the decision to use distress inks in as close a match as I could get to the Gelatos.  This was because I was intending to blend the colours over a heat embossed stamped image (the NDC January 2016 stamp from Claritystamp).  I used a manilla tag as the base and once I had stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, blended Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Carved Pumpkin over the top.  Once trimmed and matted onto black, the sentiment was added to the card using foam pads for dimension.
The base card is a 7" x 7" cream pre made card.
I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge as well as the Country View Challenge for January, Anything Goes.

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