Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technique Challenge #1 Heat Embossed Resist

Today we're going to show you one of many ways to use Gelatos! No, not the ice cream, the amazing pigment sticks named Gelatos by Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.
What are Gelatos? "Compact acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage." 
They're color in a little chapstick style tube, perfect for paper crafting and mixed media.

There are a lot of different things you can do with gelatos, but we're just going to show you how they resist heat embossed areas and what cool technique it is. But for more ideas, visit the Design Memory Craft blog!
Supplies: Stamps,Embossing Ink, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Cardstock, Paint Brush and Water, Gelatos or Watercolors

1. Using your stamps and heat embossing supplies, heat emboss a pattern onto your cardstock.
I used a little doily flower stamp from Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please line and clear embossing powder.
2. Color over your cardstock and embossed images with gelatos. You can use all one color or do multiple colors of gelatos, they blend really well!
 3. With a damp paintbrush, go over your gelatos. You'll notice that the color resists the areas you embossed.
 4. If you need to, wipe away any excess color from your embossed images using a paper towel.

No Gelatos? You can do this with watercolors too. Just emboss your stamped images and paint over them with watercolors! That's what Emily did to make this card:

The technique is just the same, but using watercolors instead of gelatos. It's pretty easy (once you get the hang of embossing) and looks great on cards and other projects. Embossing also resists most spray inks, so if you have any of those in your stash, try them out!

Enter to win some goodies from Design Memory Craft!

Create a project (layout, card or other paper craft) inspired by this technique and link it up here to be entered to win these products:
Stampers Big Brush Pens: Green.
Metallic Gelatos Colors and Stamp
Stampers Big Brush Pen: White
GRIP Trio Sharpener

This challenge and giveaway will close on Thursday, May 2nd.


  1. looks awesome! have to see what I can come up with!

  2. Love your technique, looks like it took hours but I see how easy it really is. Great for a last minute card for sure!!!