Wednesday, 8 January 2014

ARTastic 3T's in January ...

Welcome to our first round of ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques where each month one of our creative team will show you are few quick tips and/or techniques to use on your layouts.

I'm starting things off and showing you how I put together the background for my layout this month.  Santa was very kind this Christmas and brought me a couple of packets of Faber and Castell Gelato's which have been on my wish list for quite a while and I have been playing around with them trying a few different methods to create different looks on my pages.

For this layout I started off with a 12x12 Kaisercraft stencil.  I used some repositionable tape runner in a couple of spots on the back of the stencil to hold it in place on the white cardstock while I used the gelatos.

I started off using the blue down the left side - lightly running the stick into a few of the holes.  I then took my blending tool (you could also use a sponge or even a tissue) and in a circular motion blended the gelato.  Moving in a circle helps spread the crayon evenly and it does not then leave obvious lines. 

Once I was happy with the blue I moved onto using the purple and went over a few of the blue slots as well as continuing down and across the page and then blended this in the same way as I had done the blue.

I next used the pink, again covering a few of the purple slots but also extending the design further down the page and to the right.

My finished background.  TIP - it is easy to remove the stencil for a quick look at the result of each stage and then replace over the design to continue your work.



  1. Fabulous effect.....& like you, I ADORE my gelatos!!!!!!!

  2. Yes, I also love my gelatos..they are fabulous...I like the way you have done this...must try!! Thanks!

  3. Love it! I just got some too, was going to have a play tomorrow :)

  4. You've created a fabulous background here, Jane. Must give this a try.

  5. Great background Jane. Have played with gelatos at Julie's, but don't own any (yet!). Love the technique you used for blending. Cheers, Di

  6. So cool! I have Gelatos, but never thought to try using them like this. Also, this is the use of negative space I adore but can't seem to get right when I try it.