Friday, 3 January 2014

Bluebird by Fliss Goodwin



Happy New Year everyone! I have a card to share today which came about as I was experimenting with my Gelatos kit on New Year’s Day. The weather was really atrocious and I wanted to make something bright and zingy to cheer up the day. You might need sunglasses as it turned out very bright indeed!

Here’s What You Need:
Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers
Chipboard or Greyboard

Here’s How To: 

The Gelatos kit is a fabulous way to try out these rather versatile paint sticks as it not only contains a large variety of colours to play with but also has a stamp and stencil plus some accessories and a swatch book. I’ve used both the stamp and stencil here to give you an idea of the sort of things you can do with the paints. 

·       Cut a piece of watercolour paper around 15cm square and add streaks of colour in stripes with some of the paint sticks. I used Lemon, Tangerine, Bubble Gum and Guava. Then, using a large flat brush dipped in water, swipe over the Gelato paints to spread the colour all over the paper. I found some colours blended more easily than others, leaving a textured streaky look. Let dry, or if you’re impatient like me, use a heat gun.

·       Ink up the foam stamp supplied with the kit using the Worn Lipstick Distress ink and stamp the flourish design randomly on the painted paper. You’ll need to re-ink each time. Stamp some off the edge to draw the design together.

·       Die cut a heart from chipboard or greyboard and paint with 2 coats of the Gesso supplied with the kit, allowing to dry between each coat. When the second coat is dry, scribble on some of the Metallic Melon Gelato and spread the colour over the heart with your fingers. A bit messy but a good way to get a textured effect with the paint sticks.
·       Stamp the heart shape with the foam flourish stamp using the pink StazOn ink (necessary because of the metallic paint). It will give quite a subtle effect but adds lovely texture – can you tell how much I love texture! Work some of the bronze gilding wax in around the rim of the heart.
·       Die cut a smaller heart from watercolour paper and add a wash of the Cotton Candy Gelato. I did this by applying some of the paint stick to an acrylic block and adding a drop of water. I then mixed it with a paint brush and painted on to the heart, adding more water as necessary to produce a light wash.
·       Remove the sections from the bird stencil and using the Peacock Feathers Distress ink and the cosmetic sponge, stencil the bird onto the blue heart. Apply some of the gilding wax around the rim of the heart. This really makes it pop.
·       Colour a scrap of watercolour paper in the same way as the main background paper and stamp on the You Make Me Happy sentiment with the Peacock Feathers ink. Trim to a rectangular panel.
·       Score and fold an A4 piece of kraft card in half to make an A5 size card. Assemble the elements for the card as shown in the photo.

I hope you enjoyed this and will see you again next week.

Fliss x


  1. this is fab Fliss - nice to see the gelatos in action - they look interesting xx

  2. Those colours are a tonic on such a wet and dreary day - beautiful.

  3. Such bold vivid colours to brighten up January - fabulous!
    Alison x


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