Faber-Castell & Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 3 - [Video] How to Add Texture & Color to Card Using Gelatos

on May 13, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 3 of Faber-Castell and Waffle Flower Inspiration Week! We team up with our friends at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to bring you an entire week of mixed-media inspiration! Blog-hop-badge-Faber-Castell-Waffle-Flower We have Mayline here today! DesignTeamHeadshots_Mayline Hello everyone, it’s Mayline here today to share. Faber-Castell has amazing products; there are watercolor pencils, Crayons, Pastels, Pens, and so on. I believe that the most innovative product from Faber-Castell is Gelatos. Gelatos are very buttery so you can easily blend them like Pastels using fingers without water. They are also watersoluble so they can be used to create watercolor effects. How great is that?! I am fully in love with the Gelatos. They also work well with Waffle Flower products! Let’s take a look at my projects.

Project 1

It was my first time trying to create a mixed-media project using Gelatos and Textural Accents Whipped Spackle. I did not know what to do or how to apply them. So I watched tutorials on YouTube and found many techniques. I used simple techniques on my first card. textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it was to create the background for the card. textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-steps
  1. Use washi tape to create stripes on cardstock.
  2. Apply “Lemon” Gelato; blend with finger.
  3. Mix Whipped Spackle with "Lemon" Gelato; apply to the left side of the card base; let dry.
  4. Apply a random coat of Whipped Spackle for additional texture; let dry.
  5. Peel off washi tape.
As a result, I made a textured yellow-striped background. Here are some close-ups: textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-1 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-2 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-3 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-4 I used three different ink colors to create a blended look on the petals. It is a fast and easy technique and here are a few pictures to show you how. I used A Bunch Stamp Set , A Bunch Die and Spring Blend inkpad, the color numbers are 4(Sweet lilac), 5(Pretty Peony) and 6(Rose Bud). doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-flowers

Project 2

I had fun getting messy with the Gelatos and Whipped Spackle on my second card. I used Doily Circle Die from Waffle Flower as the stencil for this technique. doily-congrats-card-by-mayline Here are a couple of close-ups: doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-closeup doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-texture And a quick video to show you how I made the card. Watch it here or on Waffle Flower's Youtube Channel here. http://youtu.be/mud88qPYZoo I used A Bunch Stamp Set & A Bunch Die (flowers), Congrats Die (sentiments), Doily Circle Die (yellow background), Pattern Play Stamp Set (banner) from Waffle Flower, and Gelatos (Lemon, Guava, Bubble Cum, and Metallic Melon) and Artist Pens (SILVER 251 and Gold 250) from Faber Castell faber-castell-products   That’s all for today. I hope you like my mixed-media projects and are inspired to make something yourself. --- Mayline Thank you for sharing your amazing cards with us, Mayline! We loved watching the video!  

Blog Hop Prize

waffle-flower-crafts-logo-RGB We have prepared a $50 gift certificate to our store as this week's prize! A random winner will be drawn from comments left on all the postings for this event! Enter before 11:59 pm Eastern on May 17, 2014. The winner will be announced on May 18. Don't forget to check out Design Memory Craft Blog and their Facebook for more inspiration and prizes! See you tomorrow!

Faber-Castell & Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 2 - Mixed Media for Beginners

on May 12, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 2 of Faber-Castell and Waffle Flower Inspiration Week! We team up with our friends at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to bring you an entire week of mixed-media inspiration! Blog-hop-badge-Faber-Castell-Waffle-Flower We have Katie here today! DesignTeamHeadshots-KatieGehring

Mixed Media for Beginners

Hello crafty friends! Katie here. When I heard that Waffle Flower Crafts was partnering with Faber-Castell, I was really excited, but also a little bit scared.  I have a confession, mixed media isn’t really my thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think it’s GORGEOUS, and I greatly admire others that have mad art skills, but whenever I try my hand at some of the techniques, it’s generally an epic fail. There is a reason I try to keep it clean and simple folks! But when I received an AMAZING box of supplies from Faber-Castell, I was ready to roll up my sleeves and give it another shot.  I came up with three cards using my Waffle Flower stamps and the art supplies from Faber-Castell that are still definitely my style.  Each card builds a bit on technique from the last, but all are perfect projects for mixed media newbies. Gehring- WFC- FC Collage

Level 1 - Stamps + Markers

For my first card, I decided to keep it pretty simple.  I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen sets in green and yellow along with Waffle Flower’s A Bunch Stamp Set to create this card for Mom. Gehring- WFC-FC- Mom 1 To start, I stamped the outline of the flower trio in black ink on a piece of white card stock.  I used a stamp positioner to help determine the placement of the filler image and I proceeded to color the stamp first with light yellow and green, then with darker green and orange.  This was a pretty large area that I was coloring, and I have heard of tricks like huffing on the colored stamp to reactivate the ink before pressing it to the paper, but that seemed a bit germy to me, so I just let the markers do as they will. I loved variation effect in the petals and leaves. Mom Card Steps Stamp markers are a great medium for sets like the A Bunch Stamp Set.  Despite being a single overlay stamp, I was able to shade the flowers yellow and orange and the leaves green with no difficulty at all. Gehring- WFC-FC- Mom 2 To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Feather More stamp set, trimmed the edge and adhered it to a green note card.

Level 2 - Stamps + Gelatos

Feeling bolstered by the success of my first card, I decided to reach for the Gelatos next to create this gem of a card using the Gemstone stamp set. Gehring- WFC-FC- Gem 1 Since I knew I was going to be adding water to the paper to blend the gelatos, I stamped the gems and sentiment in black ink on a panel of watercolor card stock.  Next using the Red Gelatos Collection, I scribbled a bit of the pigment inside each gem. Gem Card Steps I followed up with some water and the paintbrush included in the Gelato set to soften and spread out the color. Gehring- WFC-FC- Gem 2 I trimmed the panel and adhered it to a bright pink note card.

Level 3 - Stamps + Gesso + Gelatos

Ok, this is where it gets real.  For my last card, I used Gesso, Gelatos, and the Congrats stamp set to create a rainbow hued Celebrate card. Gehring- WFC-FC- Celebrate 1 Before I pulled out the Gelatos, using a paintbrush, I brushed Gesso all over a panel of water color card stock and I set it aside to dry.  I remembered using Gesso before in my High School painting class.  When you open the jar- it looks like white glue or paint, but among its many uses, it does a great job of priming paper and canvas for painting. Once the Gesso was dry, I scribbled some Gelatos in rainbow colors.  I used: I added water to the scribbles to smooth out and blend the colors.  I was amazed at the difference the gesso base coat made- the colors were much more creamy and I didn’t see any of my scribble from the Gelatos on the paper. Celebrate Card Steps I let the panel dry and stamped “Celebrate” from the Congrats stamp set in black ink repeatedly over each color. Gehring- WFC-FC- Celebrate 2 After allowing some additional dry time, I attached the panel to a red note card. A cascade of candy-colored enamel dots finished the card. Well, that’s all for me today.  Even if you think mixed media isn’t for you, I hope these cards encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and try something new while still keeping it you. Thanks for stopping by! --- Katie Thank you for sharing these fun and simple techniques with us today, Katie! We can't wait to try them!

Blog Hop Prize

waffle-flower-crafts-logo-RGB We have prepared a $50 gift certificate to our store as this week's prize! A random winner will be drawn from comments left on all the postings for this event! Enter before 11:59 pm Eastern on May 17, 2014. The winner will be announced on May 18. Don't forget to check out Design Memory Craft Blog and their Facebook for more inspiration and prizes! See you tomorrow!

Faber-Castell + Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 1

on May 11, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 1 of Faber-Castell and Waffle Flower Inspiration Week! We team up with our friends at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to bring you an entire week of mixed-media inspiration! Blog-hop-badge-Faber-Castell-Waffle-Flower We have Tessa here today! DesignTeamHeadshots-Tessa Hi everyone! I created a mixed media canvas.  It measures 12 x 6". Flower Canvas 5 I started by painting the outside edges with a citrus green paint.  I then layered torn book pages to create the background.  I used the Faber-Castell Gel Medium to decoupage them down piece by piece. Collage 1 I added some background stamping next, using the heart from DT Mix Stamp Set and the doily from Doily Circle Stamp Set and black ink.  I added some random washi tapes too. My next layer was Faber-Castell's Whipped Spackle over the vines stencil. Collage 2 Once it was dry, I painted over the entire surface with gelatos. Collage 3 Next, I began to build my focal image- a pot with flowers from A Bunch Stamp Set and coordinating die.  The pot was torn out of a dictionary page and painted a terra cotta color.  I layered it over the center of the canvas using the Faber-Castell Gel Medium and darkened the edges with a black marker.  I used the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens to shadow it in even more. Collage 4 I stamped the flowers from the Bloom Stamp Set on white cardstock with black ink.  I used #16 Sunshine from the Waffle Flower Summer Blend Ink Pad to stamp each of the centers and then diecut them all out using the Bloom Die Set. Collage 5 I adhered them to the canvas with a mix of foam adhesives and regular adhesives for dimension. Flower Canvas 3 More beautiful details: Flower Canvas 4 -- Tessa Thank you for sharing with us today, Tessa!

Blog Hop Prize

waffle-flower-crafts-logo-RGB We have prepared a $50 gift certificate to our store as this week's prize! A random winner will be drawn from comments left on all the postings for this event! Enter before 11:59 pm Eastern on May 17, 2014. The winner will be announced on May 18. Don't forget to check out Design Memory Craft Blog and their Facebook for more inspiration and prizes! See you tomorrow!

Five Naturalistic Bouquets for Friday

on May 01, 2015
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WFC-Nina-HeadshotHello everyone! Nina here with another Five for Friday for you! With Mother's Day right around the corner, I surfed the web for some sweet and unique bouquet ideas to inspire my cards for mom. I'm a lover of simple things and once again, I fell for these naturalistic looks:

1. Tulip

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2. Sunflower

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3. Wild Flower

3. wildflowers

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4. Succulent

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5. Pinecone

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My Card

I was most inspired by the wildflower bouquet! The color combo is comforting and energetic at the same time - just how I feel about my mom! <3 wildflower-bouquet-for-mom-card I cut a bunch of the foliage from our Loved Stamp Set and flowers from A Bunch Stamp Set  from kraft cardstock and stamped them in several different colors to form a bouquet look I liked. loved-stamps-dies I cut the standard A2 size card base down to 3.75" x 5.5" so I can let the doily cut by our Doily Circle Die stick out. wildflower-bouquet-for-mom-card-closeup Nothing compares to making a card for someone you love! Thank you for stopping by! Hope you can find time to create and make something today!

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