Happy Card


I want to continue my patterned paper series, but I still can’t find that Basic Grey pad!  And now I can’t find my Gelatos either!  I have that whole gift set in the box, how did that go astray? I really need to clean this place up.  I have been picking at it a little here and there, but haven’t felt ready to really tackle it head-on yet.

But I also have the “Desiging with Gelatos” set, which I got to try them out before getting the full set.  And I do know where that is.  So, with them, I made this card:


I got the idea for this card from this video by Laurel Beard: “Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel.”  I’ve wanted to use the Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel ever since it first came out, and I finally bought some when I found it at Michaels.  I was able to hold off when I had to order it online, but not when it was right in front of my face.  And I really loved Laurel’s technique when I saw her video.  I have a magpie’s obsession with anything shiny or sparkly.

The panel is made by coloring watercolor paper with Gelatos — sorry I don’t remember the colors — and then covering it with the glass bead gel.  (It isn’t really a gel, though, it’s thinner and opaque white — it’s basically white craft glue with teeny clear glass microbeads in it.)  I left it to dry overnight — it was pretty wet once applied — and it came out so wonderfuly sparkly!  And because it’s a glue or a gel, the sparkle won’t come off.

Once it was thoroughly dry, and I flattened it under a stack of books for a while, I mounted it on a square pink card base.  The resist-varnished chipboard butterflies are from Ditto/Studio G, and I colored them with ink sprays I have.  I used chipboard pieces because I didn’t feel like messing around with inlaid die-cuts at the time, as in the video.  That technique can look amazing, but it can be very time-consuming.

I will put a sentiment inside.  It is bright and cheerful and I think I will send it to my mom.

So the glitter gel and the chipboard are NBUS, but I have used the Gelatos plenty in the past.  They are really great, so colorful, so versatile, so easy to work with.


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