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Wednesday’s Card: Gelatos!

Gelatos Card

Hi All,

I had a VERY hard time coming up with a new card this week. I thought for sure that all my ideas had just run out. So, I decided to try shopping!! I went to a small stamping store about 15 miles from my house. I bought a few stamp sets, but what I was really excited about was these gelatos. I’ve seen other people use them, but I just never got around to trying them. They are pretty interesting – they are the consistency of lipstick and remind me a lot of oil pastels. However, they are water soluble, so if you get your hands messy, it literally comes right off with water.

I saw a lot of people on YouTube using them with water. But, when I did that, it seemed like the colors weren’t as bright. So, at least for my first time, I used them dry. Don’t you love the vibrancy of the color?

I also did something else I haven’t done before with the clear embossing. You know how you can do emboss resist on white paper? Well, I decided that I didn’t want my background to be so incredibly white that it was distracting to my flowers, so I inked the paper first, then embossed, then inked again. That way, the background colors were preserved under the embossing in a slightly lighter shade. Does this make sense?

Oh, and I dyed my string again with a Stampin’ Up! marker and some water. Who has green string lying around? It’s so nice to have these options!

Anyway, it was very refreshing to do a little shopping. I’ve never used that as a creative-block-remover before, so I’ll have to use this excuse again, lol!!

Have a great week!









  1. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 8:38 am


    The card looks great! Thanks for the tip about coloring before embossing.

  2. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Mary V

    Oh my goodness, this is so cool! You’re a genius with techniques, I just love the idea of laying a soft background before doing emboss resist. Also I have gelatos and haven’t used them…need to get busy!

    Thanks too for letting us know about the punch being on clearance. I’ve just grabbed that, along with some others on sale. I’ve been wanting these punches for a while and couldn’t justify the expense. Woot!

    I don’t think you’ll run out of ideas – if your mojo goes away for awhile, don’t worry, it’ll come back. You did the right thing – you looked for inspiration. I look forward to your weekly videos very much!

    Blessings, Mary

  3. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 9:58 am


    I forgot how fun it is to use clear embossing powder! Good thing I still have some…..So, very inspiring! Thanks Darlene!

  4. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 11:57 am


    Darlene . . . awesome as always! New techniques are always welcome to those of us who think you are the best!! Thanks!!!

  5. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm


    Thanks for the gelato lesson!! Laying some color down first on your card base is a terrific idea. Thanks!

  6. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Linda B

    Beautiful card….great techniques!!

  7. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Debbie B

    Darlene, you make everything look so easy! I’m off to try this. I’ve always been afraid to use the gelatos, but here it goes! Hope mine turn out as good as yours did!
    Thanks for sharing! Ciao db:)

  8. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Suzanne Russell

    You used a variety of techniques that are new to me-coloring the background before adding the clear embossing, Gelatos I have never used at all, and I did not know that the liquid applique comes in colors! I learned a lot today! Thanks again. 🙂

  9. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful card: love the flowers and the colors of the gelato.

  10. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Cathy M

    I have the Inspired by Nature set! Love how you used it. The coloring before embossing tip is great.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Maria Helena

    I love this card, especially because I can’t paint, at all…and it has such beatiful and summery colors. Thanks for all the tips and inspiration!!

  12. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Carol B

    You really made that card look easy, love the coloring for the resist. Have not tried the Gelatos yet, now I will have to go shopping for inspiration, LOL!

  13. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 1:59 pm


    Thanks for the tutorial on the gelatos.For some reason I’ve never seen them used dry. Great for that ombre effect I love so much. The liquid applique is a really nice touch.

  14. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 3:32 pm


    Lovely card.. thanks for share it!!

  15. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Lillian R

    Another Beautiful card and Tutorial… Thanks so much Darlene for all you do!!

  16. wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 4:24 pm


    Gelatos! Something new to me and now a “must have” – thanks for the great card idea. I love that nature set. It’s one of my favorites. Now I have another use for it. You are so amazing – your ideas never seem to cease and always turn out such lovely cards. I think you are the Queen of Mojo!

  17. wrote on April 12th, 2012 at 4:26 am


    Wow Darlene…love your colourful card. You have created such a happy and spring like scene. Great idea to clear emboss the grass beforehand- it created a wonderful subtle effect. Simply gorgeous!

  18. wrote on April 12th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Melissa D

    I have never heard of Gelatos so will have to go out looking here in Australia for them. It made it look easy for colouring the images. Love the idea of the light background inking too.

  19. wrote on April 12th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Tonya Denton

    Another AMAZINGcard! I learn so much from you Darlene! You are amazing as well! Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us! 🙂

  20. wrote on April 12th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Melissa Shea

    You’re just down right amazing! Love the ink-emboss-ink idea! I’ve had my eye on gelatos too, just have not taken the plunge! Love your creative block remover too. Hey, if it works, go with it!

  21. wrote on April 13th, 2012 at 8:43 am


    Hi Darlene,

    I loved it! So cute card!
    Have a great weekend!

  22. wrote on April 16th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Michelle E

    Thanks for the great video. I’ve been tempted by the Gelatos thanks for showing them!

  23. wrote on April 22nd, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Embossing Queen

    This is a gorgeous card Darlene. Shopping is a good way to break a creative block. I also like to blog hop and I get lots of inspiration this way too. I haven’t tried Gelatos yet, but I love the vibrancy of colour that you got on your card. The resist on top of the ink and then inking over the top again is a great idea. I can’t wait to try it myself.

  24. wrote on September 19th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    diane mcvey

    This is fantastic! I love everything you did. The gelatos give a beautiful effect! Wow, I am just in awe of you! I enjoy your videos, and am so glad I found your blog. What a treasure!!! Thank you so much!

  25. wrote on April 7th, 2013 at 2:55 pm


    I hadn’t seen how to use the Gelatos, so I really appreciate your video. Methinks I’ll be checking out whether Michaels or JoAnn carries them.

  26. wrote on December 7th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Sugary Brown

    I really enjoyed the tutorial. The card looks beautiful. I have been doing scrapbooking for a while but haven’t done card making so far. Thank you for sharing.

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