Friday 2 June 2017

Blown Gelato Background

I have a friend of mine to thank for this technique.  She was using it when crafting with me in the shed the other day.  I tried a couple of backgrounds, but preferred the one with a little more white space and made it into a card.

I started with a piece of Sheena's stamping card cut to 19cm x 19cm and coated with a layer of white gesso.  Once dry, I added some Gelatos one colour at a time, blended the patch of colour with my fingers, spritzed with water and then used a drinking straw to blow the colour in all directions (adding more colour and water if necessary).  I worked with Gelatos in Lime, Cotton Candy, Tangerine, Iced Currant, Kiwi, Limoncello and Cinnamon and dried off each colour before adding the next.
Once finished, I chose Archival inks in similar colours (Leaf Green, Forget-Me-Not, Monarch Orange, Vermillion, Vivid Chartreuse and Sepia to stamp over the 'splodges'.  For this step, I used a three different stamp sets by Visible Image; Universal, Drag & Drip and Ink Splats and used each stamp with a different colour multiple times to go over the Gelato areas.  The topper was then matted onto a piece of black card 19.5cm x 19.5cm and added to a 20cm x 20cm pre made white card blank.
The sentiment from the Own It! stamp set (also by Visible Image) was stamped onto a strip of white card 2.8cm x 20cm using Black Onyx Versafine ink, heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder and each letter coloured with Spectrum Aqua pens in  Lime, Meadow, sunset, Chestnut, Aquamarine, Crimson and Bud Green.  The strip was matted onto a piece of black card leaving a narrow border top and bottom, then glued across the entire card front.
Before blowing

I had also tried a different method 'blowing' a Gelato background using the same colours, but this time covering the entire topper first in patches, then spritzing and blowing randomly.
After blowing and drying

This produced an interesting background, but the colours were less vibrant and the effect was more 'grungy'

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