Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TT 069 - Stamping with Gesso and Silhouettes

Hi it's Sue with a little project for Topical Tuesday.

I'm sharing a couple of cards that feature stamping silhouettes using Gesso over  some blended Gelato colours.

Here's a picture tutorial for those who'd like to try.

Card, I've used both watercolour card and smooth white. 
Paper masking Tape.
Faber Castell Gelatos.
Memento Lulu Lavender Ink.
ABS Fine hemp twine - Lavender
ABS Sprinkles in peach and  plum

1. Trim card to required size (4" x 5.25"). Using paper masking tape, cover an inch around all 4 sides of the card. (Before adhering the tape to card stock  press it to your clothing a couple of time to remove some of the glue, this makes removal  easy.)
2. Scribble the Gelato colours in blocks running down the card.

3. With a wet paintbrush, blend the colours down. Adding more colour to get the result you want.

3. Paint enough Gesso to cover your stamp to a hard surface. I used an embossing tray. 
Now you decide if you want to add water or not.  If you want your image to have a little texture don't add any water. But if the look you want is more translucent you could spritz a little mist of water over the Gesso before stamping.

4. Stamp the image over the coloured section and leave to dry.  Now would be a good time to clean your stamps well before the Gesso dries :) Soapy water worked for me.

5.  Once the gesso is dry carefully remove the paper tape. 

6. Complete the card by stamping a sentiment. I stamped mine in Lulu Lavender, added the fine hemp twine and three plum Sprinkles.

Here's the completed card as well as a second one using water colour card and different coloured Gelatos.

If you try this fun technique, please add your card to the Stamp Embellish Create site .
Add the Tag TT 069 so I can come and see your version.  
Thanks for taking the time today.......



  1. Such a pretty result Sue! I haven't kinda worked out these mediums yet, I bought a 'matte' something but haven't used it lol. Thanks for giving me some ideas for gesso... now I'll have to get some of that.

  2. Beautiful cards sue and they look like fun to make - hugs xx

  3. Gorgeous cards Sue - thank you for the inky encouragement!!!

  4. This is AWESOME Sue! I've seen these products but didn't know how you would use them and I love what you have done and your cards are gorgeous and I'm loving the effect!

    Kylie X


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