Watercolor with Gelatos

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I recently got to create some greeting cards with the Watercolor With Gelatos set and had such a great time making greeting cards!

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This is what comes in the set. It's everything you need to get started.

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I started by cutting out a flower shape to use as a template. using my Essential Pitt Artist Pens, I traced the shape onto card stock.

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Next, I doodle in my flower petals and other details.

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I used different sized Pitt Pens to complete my doodled blooms.

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To add some color, I rubbed the Gelatos onto the silicone tray that's included and used my Deluxe Water brush to paint my flowers, slowly building layers of color.

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I did similar but different designs for 2 greeting cards.

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On my third piece of card stock I stamped a background pattern and used my Watercolor Gelatos set to add color.

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Using a combination of stamping and doodling I created a design that was a bit different than my first two cards, but still cohesive.

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After giving everything a bit of time to dry, I trimmed each piece of card stock down to size and adhered each to a blank, white greeting card. It's always nice to be able to include a handcrafted hello with a gift to a friend.

xo, Belen

 

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Iridescent Word Tags

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It's that time of year when many of us select a word to focus on for the year, rather than make traditional resolutions. This is something that I've done for the last several years. In 2018 my word will be "Intentional".

For me that means making more deliberate choices about what I spend my money on, the food that I eat, how I spend my time and who I give my energy to. I've found that having visual reminders helps keep my word at the forefront of my mind.

Today I've made some altered shipping tags with my own word, as well as one for a friend.

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I started by giving 2 shipping tags a generous coat of Gesso.

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I began building color by using one of my favorite techniques which is to scribble onto a craft sheet, with my Gelatos, and spritzing with water. First I used Stardust, which is part of the Iridescents set.


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Next, I did the same thing with Supernova and Nebula Gelatos, also from the Iridescents set. I just love where the colors run together and blend. That's where the magic starts to happen, for me!

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I brushed on some Gesso to help soften and unite the colors. Building layers is part of the fun, so don't worry about losing some of the vibrancy.

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To create texture, I added stamping using miscellaneous stamps that I had on hand.

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Using the same color Gelatos, I began adding color back in.

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To add even more texture, I used a stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection, and wiped off some of the color with a wet baby wipe.

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After letting my tags dry for a couple minutes, I used Essential PITT Artist Pens, and a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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Next, I tore thin strips of leftover muslin that I had on hand and used the same Gelatos to give them some color. I also added a few drops of ink and a bit of stamping.

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On another couple of pieces of muslin I stamped out my two words and ran a wonky stitch around them to attach them to the tags.

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I don't let my lack of sewing skills stop me. Instead, I embrace the wonky stitch and have at it.

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To finish off my tags, I used the torn strips of muslin like ribbon, and looped them through the holes. I also added a bit of contrasting color to the edges, using Black Hole, also from the Iridescents set, to create some depth.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing  you much, love, laughter, happiness in the coming year.

xo, Belen

 

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Mixed Media Journal

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I recently got to play with some new Stencils and made a mixed media journal for a friend.

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I used mixed media paper & card stock, trimmed to size, a stencil and Gelatos for this projects. I also used a book binding machine for mine, but if you don't have one, no problem. You can punch holes by hand and either bind it together with ribbon or use loose leaf binder rings, like these shown below.

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These are readily available at your local office supply store.

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I trimmed my card stock down to the desired size.
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I used my book binder machine to punch holes along one edge, but again, you can do this by hand.

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I used Gel Medium to adhere the card stock to my two chipboard pieces.

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Next, I used Gelatos in Fig and Satellite, available in the Iridescents set along with one of the stencils to decorate the front and back covers. I also used touches of Lunar and Silver Ice Gelatos.

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I used Essential Pitt Artist Pens and a Stampers Big White Pen to add some definition and ran Satellite around the edges.

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I added some glitter to Whipped Spackle to add a bit of shimmer.

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To finish it off, I bound everything together and added some hand dyed ribbon as an accent.

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Thank you for following along!

 

 

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Winter Canvas

Hey friends! Today I'm in the studio making some winter inspired canvas artwork.

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I started by giving my 2 canvas a generous coat of Gesso and allowing it to dry.


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I gave both my canvas a base layer of color, using Fig, Silver Ice, and a Deluxe Water Brush.

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Using a wet baby wipe, I removed some of the color from each canvas. This helps create some great texture.

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On one of my canvas I use the Warm Wishes stencil and Texture Luxe in copper. I set that aside to dry and started on my other canvas.

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For this one I used a mittens stencil and a Gelatos in Satellite, which comes in the Iridescents set.

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Using Gelatos in Blueberry to add some definition to my mittens design and ran a water brush around it to soften the line.

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Next, I added a bit of stamping and used a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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For an extra bit of sparkle, I added glitter to Whipped Spackle and spread that on with Palette Knife. I set this canvas aside to dry.

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Switching back to the first canvas, I used more of the Satellite Gelatos to add the sentiment,
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For some added texture, I added a few dots, using Texture Gems and some stamping to grunge it up a bit.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

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Colorful Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Carolyn Dube here sharing a whimsical Christmas decoration made by recycling one of the cardboard boxes that has shown up at my door.  It starts by cutting out 5 triangles for the tree and 5 rectangles for the trunk.  Why did I use cardboard? I love the ridges and texture in cardboard plus it is an easy to find supply. 

 

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Using Gelatos, I added a color to part of the tree.  For the green, I did something a little different by mixing 2 colors together so I could get just the shade that I was envisioning. You can create custom colors by blending different colors together.

 

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Next, I blended it with my finger.  Another option is to use water and a paintbrush to move the color around also but I love the feel of smearing the color so I opted for using my hands. On the smaller triangles I filled it in completely with color but on the larger triangles, I left the center plain because it was just going to be covered up when the tree was glued together.

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To glue it together, I used Gel Medium.  Then  I added a top coat of Gel Medium to seal the Gelatos so that I could add the next layer to it.  The tree trunk was attached using masking tape on the back. 

The back isn't glamorous at all, since the writing from the box is there too. Nobody will see the back because this will be hanging on a door in my art studio.  How will I hang it?  A Command Adhesive mount since this is so light.  After all it is just cardboard.

 

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Once the Gel Medium was completely dry, and it was very important that it is completely dry, I used the brush tip Pitt Pens to add a bit of pattern.  On the pink, I did scribble journaling where I captured my gratitude for the blessings in my life.  For each color, I chose a different pattern  to add with the pens. On the yellow the drawing is tough to see in photo, but it is there!

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 Thanks for stopping by for a bit of colorful holiday play.  Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!

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Handmade Holiday Ornament Trio with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make handmade holiday ornaments using Gelatos colors and Holiday PITT pens! Let me list the supplies before I show you how to make these ornaments with basic tools and supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday PITT Artist Pen set

Other - cardstock, thread, trimmer, scissors, pencil


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Start by trimming 4x4 inches squares out of white cardstock, six pieces for each ornament.

Fold squares in halves. Draw a tree, a gift box and a house with pencil. Cut out with scissors.

Using the first piece as template, cut the other five pieces for each ornament design.


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Cut about three pieces of thread or twine, each to 6 inches. 

With Gel Medium, attach the matching design pieces back to back. Before attaching the last piece, fold the thread in half and place between the previous and final piece to make a loop.


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Color the tree ornament with Mango, Comet and Satellite Gelatos colors. Blend with water.


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Once dry, make marks on the tree ornament with the green Holiday PITT pen.


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Color the gift box ornament with Mars, Odyssey and Gold Champagne Gelatos colors.


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Add details to the ornament with the red and gold PITT pens.


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Color the house ornament with Odyssey and Aqua Dolce Gelatos.


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Add details with the Gold and Black PITT pens.


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Now, your ornaments are ready to decorate your tree or give as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own handmade ornaments!

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Silver & Gold: A Wintry Scene

Diana Trout here today with a Wintry Scene canvas. Winter has a subtle beauty and today's project reflects that metallic shimmer and shine from snowy days.

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The materials I used for today's project are

Gesso
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Texture Luxe in Silver and Gold
Silver Texture Gems 
Gel Medium
Stencil 101, Dots &  Geode
Ice Layers Geode

Gelatos:

Metallic Mint
Comet
Metallic Blueberry 
Iced Pear
Silver Ice
Metallic Icing

Canvas Panel 

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Start by mixing gesso and Silver Texture Gems (or Texture Luxe) directly on your canvas and brushing out. You don't need to thoroughly mix them and I left a little texture. 

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While the base dries, cut the Geode Ice Resin stencil into triangular shapes. I trimmed the largest triangle from the center of the stencil and then trimmed smaller triangles from either side. I glued them to the dried canvas using Gel Medium. Start piling on the Gelatos now! 

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I used a variety of greens Gelatos to give some dimension to the trees. Go right over the Ice Resin pieces and rub the Gelatos in.

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Now you can add some more metallic shine to your wintry scene. Just rub the gold Texture Gems or Texture Luxe onto the stencil areas, reminiscent of a tree skeleton. 

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I added Glass Bead Glitter Gel to Whipped Spackle and mixed it up. Using a spatula, I spread it around the bottom the art piece for a snowy look. Texture and shine :)

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I used more of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the "branches" of the trees to look like snow. This will dry clear.

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I liked the geometry of the trees so decided another layer would add to the fun. I used the dots stencils with some Texture Luxe in silver and pearl to stencil snowflakes in the sky. 

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The final touch is some more Texture Gems in Pearl around the trees. I like my patterns in threes! 

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I hope that you enjoy this project! I like having seasonal artwork around the house for a change of pace. 


Holiday Ornament Trio with Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for you to dress up a set of paper mache Holiday ornaments using the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!


Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars, Odyssey

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics - Gold, 102 Stencil Collection, 201 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool set

Other: Paper mache ornaments


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Apply a coat of Gesso to your ornaments to prime the bases.

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Color the ornaments using Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars and Odyssey. Blend with gesso. Let dry.


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Choose your favorite stencil from the 102 Stencil collection. Layer it on the ornament colored with Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet. Use Permanent Green Olive 167 B Nib to trace the design through the stencil.

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Darken the edges of the ornament using the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Trace the stencil design on the red ornament, colored with Gelatos color Mars, with Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pen and on the ornament colored gold with Gelatos color Odyssey with Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Distress the edges of both ornaments with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Use the stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool set to fill in banner designs using stencil from the 201 Stencil collection on the ornaments. This will create label-like spots on the ornaments where you can hand-letter Holiday words. 


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In your best lettering style, hand write your favorite Holiday words on the ornaments.


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Place small dots with the Texture Gems Gold on the left side of each ornament to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun creating with the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!

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How to Create Plaid Patterned Paper with Gelatos Plus 3 Projects

Diana Trout here today with a tutorial on making festive plaid patterned paper for some holiday paper crafting.

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Here are the supplies you need to get crafting:

Gelatos
Pitt Pens (Bold or Stampers, I used grays, yellows and mint)
Mixed Media paper (about 100#) 8"x10" 
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Punches, card base, ribbons
Ruler

Check the video below for more information.




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Begin by using your ruler and Gelatos to create as parallel to the edge of the paper  as you can. The T-square ruler I use works to keep your drawn line parall, but you can just eyeball it:.look at the paper edge as you draw your line.  You'll be surprisied at how much straighter your line will be! Don't worry about wiggly lines, but do try to keep the lines parallel. 

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Draw thick and thin lines to fill the paper. Rub the lines with either your finger, a sponge or a slightly dry baby wipe (I love the firm sponge that comes in the Gelatos pack).  Turn the paper vertically and draw in some intersecting lines. I suggest using a darker color for these lines such as Squid Ink. 

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This is your background plaid. Your paper may look a little messy now but at the last step, it'll come together. I promise. Once you've smooshed the Gelatos into the paper, it won't come off and you'll be able to use Pitt Pens over top.

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To complete the plaid pattern, use your ruler and Pitt Pens to draw straight, parallel lines. This step will pull your plaid together. Once again, use thick and thin lines by using the tip and side of the Pitt Pens. I used light colors and grays that were harmonizing.

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1. Make a simple card by cutting a plaid triangle, a little trunk and a star. I added a sentiment and some twine.

See the photo at the top of this post for the examples of the next two projects.

2. Use punches, dies or scissors to create tags. Add a stamped or handwritten TO and FROM stamps and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel (sparkly!) to the edges of the tags. Thread with some ribbon. 

3.  Make a gift card holder. The internet is full of ideas on this project. I use a piece of paper, 5" x 4 1/4"

Hold the paper with the longer side at the top and bottom and score at 1 3/8" on each of the short sides and 3/4" from the bottom. Trim away some of the outside corners. Fold the scored sides in and glue. Fold the scored bottom up and glue. Cut a "V" shape or use a circle punch to add a finger hold to the top of the gift card holder. 

I hope you enjoy these projects today. My favorite part of  holiday preparations is crafting! 


Gelatos Zhoosh and a Star Garland

Star garlands and winter go together like snow and cocoa! 

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Today's project starts with a spin on a technique my students dubbed the Sumi Smoosh. Let's call it Gelatos Zhoosh (Jooosh: make it lively). Check out the video at the end of this post to see more in depth tips. 

Here's what you need for this simple and addictive technique and today's project. Make plenty of Zhooshed paper to have on hand for any paper craft you have up your sleeve. I like the 90# mixed media paper for this. It's easy to fold, trim and die cut.

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For the Gelatos Zhoosh

Gelatos (any kind)
A plastic report cover, sleeve or packaging
Water mister
90# Mixed Media type paper, I cut it into 6" squares so it would fit into my die cut machine. 

NOTE: Watercolor paper isn't recommended for this technique.

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Star dies or punches. Hand cut stars are beautiful in my opinion, especially when cut by kids.
Decorative trim
String or twine for garland
Hole punch

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Start by defining the area on your plastic where you'll be Zhooshing. I used a black pen to create the area. Now just scribble on the plastic Gelatos.

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Open the cover and scribble in the traced square with Gelatos. Spritz gentle with water, place the paper inside and close the cover again, Zhooshing the activated Gelatos over the paper. Open and Voila! 

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For a variation, try stenciling with Glaze medium onto your paper and let it dry before Zhooshing. You could use Gesso, Texture Luxe or Texture Gems for extra shine. Glass Bead Glitter Gel would work here too. 

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After the paper has dried, cut stars (by hand, punches or die cuts). 

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Go wild by stamping with Pitt Pens, adding Glass Beat Glitter Gel and doodling with Pitt Pens (the Metallics are very nice). More is more with Star Garlands. 

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I made Glittery Tinsel Tassels because ... well why not? LOL. Here's my Garland cheering up the dreary view from my studio window. 

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I use to lay out the supplies for projects like this for my kids to come and go with. 

Make the paper in one session.
Make the stars and decorate at will.
Snowy weekend fun.

Enjoy the video. I added some color theory tips for you too.