When Funnel Cake first came out in 2014, I convinced myself I would never use the stamp or die more than two times and bought the digital version instead. I printed it out on vellum ONE time — see here — and it looked amazing but I only used it one time. So when the funnel cake stamp and die set mysteriously ended up in my cart during last month’s SC St Patty’s Day sale, I don’t know what I was thinking but boy am I thrilled I got the set. I’ve been playing with different materials and textures and using the die with an embossing pad and it’s been so much fun!!
The first experiment started out with a layer technique I’ve used before with small pieces of patterned paper. This time, I used washi on a blank sheet of copy paper and die cut the outline. On a sheet of letterpress paper, I used the stamp — the MISTI stamping tool was critical here to ensure smooth and even coverage! — and ran the die through my Evolution using the squishy embossing layer to create this textured, quilted feel directly over the black lines. Then I carefully glued the washi-covered copy paper on top of the letterpress paper. In person, it looks and feels so awesome.
On this second batch of blue cards, I repeated the same stamping and embossing technique using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the background with neocolors before using a waterbrush. I’m not very good with blending the neocolors but I started to get the hang of it after a few cards.
The Distress Markers never cease to amaze me. Even when the color swatch is completely uninspiring, the transformation when it’s used with water is incredible. The die cut was made out of watercolor card stock. The white background was embossed using a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder on Stampin Up white cardstock.
I learn so much from the kwernerdesign blog and the moment I saw this blog post, I had to try this technique myself.
I don’t have many flower stamps so I embossed a Hero Arts background stamp with white powder. I used all the colors Kristina Werner used on her blog (combination of distress markers and distress ink pads) and added Shaded Lilac to the mix. I also bought a set of watercolor brushes which enabled me to control the color saturation. The first photo is my tester and I love it. I think the first time around, this technique yielded an almost stained glass look.
After building my confidence, I tried my hand with the larger piece, which is for a greeting card. I wasn’t as careful on the larger piece because I was trying out the larger water color brushes. I messed up a little on one of the lilac flowers and I could have left the pumice stone ink on longer before dabbing but overall, I love the effect.
After binge reading Wilna Furstenberg’s blog and watching countless videos she’s posted online, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Gelatos full set.
Before purchasing from Amazon — at the time of purchase, they had by far the cheapest price — I spent two nights deep reading about the “gelatos vs gel sticks” debate. For me, even if the quality is exactly the same, color choice was the determining factor. I use the Peach, Guava, Mango, and Lavender colors all the time and I simply would not have used the primary colors of the gel sticks. After playing with them for a few days, I know I made the right choice. Some swatches of the first row of colors below.
I’m watching many videos to learn how to control the intensity of swaths of color — the traditional watercolor look is easiest to recreate when I use swipe a wet brush against the stick. For more intense color, I swipe the stick directly on the water color paper a few times. Sometimes it blends smoothly but other times, it doesn’t work as well as I want it to.
I also read about using gelatos for stamping and creating both slightly embossed or water color effects. I’ve read that rubber stamps work better than acrylic or clear stamps — I’ve only tested it out on rubber stamps so far. The first example, I spritzed the stamp first then swatched the stick around like messy lipstick. It created a slightly raised impression.
With this stamp, I sprayed the stamp after I colored the rubber surface. Can you tell that this is supposed to a be a macaron? I bought this stamp on a whim when I had a class coupon from Paper Source.
Next up — I’m going to test it out on different types of paper.