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Happy Day with Gelatos

Hope everyone is getting the wonderful weather that we are – it’s sunny with a high of 79 today.  I could take this kind of weather all summer without complaint.

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For today’s project, I have a card where I created a background for it.  You can use whatever you want for the card base.  I covered it with Eclipse Black cardstock that is embossed using Anna Griffin’s Olivia Lace Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The beautiful, white cardstock that I used for the rest of the card is none other than the beloved 80# Heavenly White cardstock.  It certainly made a perfect base for my background and “tile.”

I started this card using a foam stamp and some Faber Castell Gelatos.  Gelatos are new for me, but they come in what looks like a chap stick tube.  I applied them directly to the foam stamp, spritzed it with water, and stamped it onto the cardstock.  The Heavenly White (even the 80#) is sturdy enough to handle a little bit of water without buckling, and that is what activates the Gelatos and gives them a vibrant color.  You can see at the bottom where some of the leaves were less wet than others and the color is not nearly as brilliant.  I trimmed up the stamped image and then used pop dots to adhere it onto another square of Heavenly White that is covered in Hematite Inka-Gold.  I am a huge fan of the Inka Gold line as well; if you don’t know, they are a water-based substance with beeswax in it.  You can rub it onto almost any surface and then buff it to a high metallic shine.

The background is stamped using a Hampton Art background stamp called Double Vision.  Then, I colored it in using alternating colors to match the Gelatos.

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