The Rubber Cafe and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog Hop!


Welcome to The Rubber Cafe/Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop! If you've just joined us today and would like to start the blog hop from the beginning, simply click on The Rubber Café blog to begin.

If you've come here from Rita Barakat's blog, you are in the right place!

For this blog hop, we will be showcasing project ideas, inspiration, and tutorials featuring fabulous products you won't want to miss! Hop along with us as we work with products from these great companies:

~The Rubber Cafe
The Rubber Cafe is a stamp manufacturer of high quality, deeply etched stamps and other fine paper crafting tools and accessories. All of our beautiful stamps are made right here in the USA in sunny San Diego, California! Visit The Rubber Cafe today to view their complete product line!

~Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Faber-Castell was founded more than 240 years ago in Germany as a pencil manufacturer. Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, professional art supplies in the Art & Graphic line, as well as its fine writing instruments and accessories. Too see their complete product line, visit Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft today!
This was my first opportunity to use the Faber-Castell's Gelatos.  Gelatos are Luscious acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy vibrant color and blend beautifully with or without water.

For my first card, I randomly scribbled Cotton Candy, Grape and Blueberry Gelatos onto my watercolor paper that had been clear embossed with Rubber Cafe's Leaf Swirls image.

To blend the colors, I used my finger...it's messy fun!  The colors blended easily with no water at all.  To clean off my clear embossing, I wiped off the excess pigment color with an alcohol wipe I had handy.  Clean-up of the finger was easy with water!

For the butterflies, I tried out the Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brushs in SkyBlue, Cobalt Blue, May Green and Cobalt Green on some White Metallic Text paper.   Next, I stamped Rubber Cafe's Large Trailing Butterflies image with Scrap Happy Glue onto my colored paper.  Once the glue was dry, I burnished some You're So Fine Hanukkah Blue glitter to detail my butterflies. 


For the sentiment I used a portion of Rubber Cafe's Words of Inspiration image which I colored with the Faber Castell Cobalt Blue PITT Artist Pen Big Brush and stamped on white cardstock.  I accented the word inspire with Faber Castell's Green Metallic PITT Artist Pen. 

My only embellishment is a touch of white Candi which is also available at The Rubber Cafe in a rainbow of colors/styles.

My second card today featuring these products is below:
 For this card I clear embossed the images as above.  This time I colored some more purposeful swirls with the Grape Gelato, and added in some of the Silver Metallic Gelato, both in the swirls and randomly around the edges.  A touch of the BlueBerry Gelato was also randomly added.

This time I used water and the brush that was included with the Gelato set to paint/blend the colors together.  Again, this was very easy and fun.  I love the more purposeful look of designer paper I achieved on this one....with one stamp and three gelatos!

The same stamps and techniques were used on the sentiment, butterflies and embellishments for this card.
Can you see the sheen on this one that the metallic gelato gives!  LOVE!!!!!

For your next stop on the hop, you'll be visiting  Tiffany Johnson's blog!

Don't forget to leave a comment on each manufacturer and designer's blog for a chance to win great prizes:

~ Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate!
~The Rubber Cafe will be giving away a TWO $25 Gift Certificates!

The blog hop contest will be open until midnight June 10th and the winners will be announced on June 12th on the company's blogs.

Here is a complete list of the designers participating in our blog hop:

Rubber Café  
Cherry Nelson  
Jennifer Matott  
Melissa  
Irit Shalom  
Mou Saha  
Michele Ciola 
Tesa Broman 
Rita Barakat 
Michelle Pearson
Tiffany Johnson 
Kristine Reynolds 
Karen Thede 
Heidi Blankenship 
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Comments

So pretty! And, yes, the metallic swirl is cool, and you photographed it pretty well too - wonderful!!
Beautiful! Love the purples with the butterflies!
Karen T said…
Just gorgeous! I love the embossing effect.
Karen T said…
Just gorgeous! I love the embossing affect
Karen T said…
Just gorgeous!
TesaB said…
YAY Michelle!!! Such gorgeous cards!!!! You do magic with that swirl!!!!
Billie Dee said…
Love it! I can't wait to make my own fun messes with my new gelatos set. Thank you for the inspiration!
the clear embossing really looks great. thanks for the ideas and chance to win
Beautiful card. I love the background and butterflies.
Miriam Prantner said…
Really pretty! Love how you did the background!
DiamondLil said…
I'm enjoying the delicacy, the colors, and the sparkle of the butterflies!

Thanks for the inspiration,
Tracy
Mel- said…
Beautiful - like how your "more purposeful swirls" came out.
katiebug92 said…
Those cards are beautiful! -Katie
www.punkprojects.blogspot.com
Wonderful background effects, particularly combining gelato colors!
Jacquie Southas said…
love the way you blended the gelatos on the embossed image
Bunnyfreak said…
Love the resist and glitter.
madisonznana said…
Love the card. I would really enjoy playing with the Gelato!!
Carol said…
Fabulous ideas on the blog hop, thanks for the inspiration! Love The Rubber Cafe and DMC!

Carol B
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MicheleC said…
Metallic gelatos are awesome aren't they?? What a great idea to put the swirl in your background when you were coloring. I will definitely have to try that. Beautiful cards Michelle. TFS!!
Wonderful card.... Thanks for the great instructions. I will have to give this a try.
Wanda said…
Great technique. I love embossing and you took it to the next level. Love the colors and the simplicity of the card.
rlovew said…
Gorgeous background and butterflies- I will definitely be trying this technique as I learn to use my gelatos.
Just Laury said…
I love the second one best with the swirls showing through the leaves! Great job! Awesome cards!
Sue D said…
Beautiful cards--I really like the background you created with the gelatos.
Barbara said…
WOW both of your cards are fabulous!! The gelato just does the trick. I will have to purchase some of it. Your butterflies and the card designs are just perfect. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs
l.m.b. said…
Finger painting, how fun is that! The swirl background on the second card is way cool, love that technique.
Denny said…
I forgot how much I love clear embossing! Combined with the Gelatos it is just beautiful! Again, I have learned so much!
MaxineD said…
Simply fabulous Michelle!! love the way you have used the colours and the sparkle.
Blessings
Maxine
gypsy rose said…
really cute cards. tfs
Maureen Hayes said…
Thank you for the clear instructions on how you created each card and how doing the same background with different effects came out! Both cards are lovely and they really show how you can use the products to full advantage. I would love to get the chance to try these techniques. I am now following your blog and looking forward to seeing what you create next!
Lucy said…
Wow! simply wonderful; flight of the butterflies!
ginnye said…
I love the idea of of fingerpainting, LOL. And thankd for the beautiful butterflies.
efj said…
Oh, I love making cards. Thanks for the ideas. Love your work.
Craftybee said…
Both cards are superb! Love the instructions for both..TFS
Bonnie in SC said…
I've always like the look of using embossing powder as a resist, I just never thought of using the gelatos with it. Great idea! Lovely card.
Vibrant and striking backgrounds - and I love butterflies too.
Gorgeous cards! I love butterflies and they look awesome flying around on the cards! ;o)
Gorgeous cards! I love butterflies and they look awesome flying around on the cards! ;o)
Kaneka said…
Beautiful cards. I love the background.
silvia said…
Gorgeous cards!!
Nora Parker said…
Thank you for the inspiration!
A Crafty Person said…
Beautiful cards! I just bought some gelato packs from my local M's. Time to get messy and try out the technique you used for both cards.
Bethany Becker said…
I love the metallic color you added. Thanks for sharing!
Larissa Heskett said…
I LOVE your Bright creation!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)
OhSuz said…
Such pretty cards-love that resist technique with the clear embossing!
marilyn said…
Beautiful cards. Definitely gonna have to try that embossing/resist with gelatos.....
sillyp said…
Wow your background is stunning. I hope my project looks as good for a first timer with geletos. You have inspired me to use them now.Thanks
Roberta said…
Beautiful card! Love the colors! Thank you for sharing!
Maya said…
Very pretty! Love the look of gelatos with white embossing! I need to try that!
Fantastic!!! Love the colors!
Denise said…
The gelatos with the resist...love it! Just gives such a beautiful finish!
Gina Howe said…
Great colors & resist. Love it!
I love how the blue butterflies are a nice contrast to the background...and so much sparkle.

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