Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tips & Tricks ⎪Gelatos® & Mini Book

Hello all, happy weekend! This is Sam here to share a few of my projects using Gelatos®  Some of you might wonder what is Gelatos®. Gelatos® are compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage.  All Gelatos® blend easily with or without water.  You could use this unique medium on paper, canvas, or wood!

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The Gelatos® Tropical & 50's Diner set are currently available at Citrus Twist Kits Store. Add them to your cart and it will be shipped free together with your kits.

Here are some of the projects that I have used Gelatos® for the background.

First project is part of my wall art using embroidery hoop. The polka dots background is painted using Gelatos®. Just draw circle on the watercolor paper and blend it with water. 

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The second project is a layout using Gelatos® and emboss-resist to create a rainbow background. I stamped and heat embossed the background with white embossing powder, then doodle different shade of colors - yellow, orange, blue, teal, purple and pink on the card stock. Take your time to blend the different colors with water. Note: all the products used here are from July kits excepts those random embellishment (Crate Paper) are RAK from one of my scrapbooking friends. 

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Close-up of the Gelatos®  background: 

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And here's the third projects using Gelatos® and October Afternoon Travel Girl stamp set. I went for a bookbinding crop a few days ago and made this mini notebook! Believe it or not, I was babywearing my boy for almost 3 hours while I bind one of these mini books. This book is made using August kit and watercolor papers & twines from my own stash. I also made a muslin bag to keep the mini book and memorabilia while I travel.


I keep the cover fairly flat and simple as I would want to keep them in my bag while I travel. 

Close-up of the stamped image on the muslin bag and the mini bookmarks (made using shrink plastic). 


These are the tools and supplies I used for stamping different medium in this project. 
  • VersaCraft is for stamping on fabric (the muslin bag)
  • Staz On (black) for stamping on shrink plastic and Opaque (cotton blue & white) for stamping on transparencies
  • VersaMark, embossing powder (white & gold) & heat gun are for heat embossing the image
  • VersaColor are used for stamping on the wood veneer
  • Stamp set of your choice (I used October Afternoon Travel Girl here)
  • Fiskars Stamp Press (great for stamping on transparencies)


These are the embellishments that I have stamped. 


Even with Fiskars Stamp press, I had to attempt a few times to stamp nicely on transparency.


Some of the pages of my mini book: I will fill this up when I go for my Jakarta trip in October.


Paint stripes and dots background using Gelatos®  






Do you know you can make your own mist using Gelatos®? I chopped off a small piece of Gelatos® and added a little water to create a paste. Then I added the paste along with some water in a Mini Mister to create my Gelatos®  mist! 


I used Tim Holtz Distress Stains to create the big paint splatter on the background. 


Thanks for reading such a long post. I hope this post would inspire you get your hands dirty and play with Gelatos® & stamps this weekend. Have a great weekend ahead!



  1. I'm loving all of your projects! You are so creative! Love the gelatos! Beautiful work Sam!

  2. Do you use watercolor paper for your layouts? I'm having a hard time with warping and not using much water but not yet getting the watercolor effect I was hoping for!

    1. Hi Chelsea.

      most of the time I just use American crafts card stocks for gelatos as they blend really well and create nice watercolor effect. but for the layout above i use watercolor paper that I got from $2 shop. when I use a lot of water then I will go for even thicker water color paper. Sometime my layouts warp and bend so much that i need to use blue-tack to stuck it down when i photo it.

  3. really cute.. fabulous projects.... great take on the sketch


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