Gelatos sticks masterclass – make a sunset background

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You’ll love the effects you can achieve with Gelatos pigment sticks. These two vibrant designs by Cathy Andronicou are ideal for all sorts of occasions!

Want to create gorgeous blended backgrounds and images that pack a colour punch? Then you’ll love Faber-Castell’s Gelatos! These twist-up, acid-free pigment sticks come in sets of four or 12 vibrant colours and their creamy, water-soluble pigments and even coverage make them a real dream to use.

“Gelatos glide onto smooth or textured surfaces and work beautifully on dark papers,” says designer Cathy. “You can blend the colours dry or wet, use them to colour stamps and even reverse- stamp by laying down a field of Gelatos and using a stamp to remove some of the colour. The results you can achieve are amazing!”


Shopping list

Basic card kit, plus

Langton Prestige Watercolour Paper, from Crafty Arts

Penny Black clear stamp sets – Sprigs & Snippets from The Glitter Pot

VersaFine ink pad – Onyx Black, from The Glitter Pot

Faber-Castell Gelatos – Lemon, Mango & Red Cherry, from West Design


How to make a blended sunset background

The water soluble pigments in Gelatos sticks mean that they can be used either wet or dry. For this stunning sunset card, designer Cathy has applied the pigments dry and used her finger to gently blend the shades.

“I wanted to create a border around my background so I masked the edges of a piece of watercolour card with low tack tape before applying the Gelatos colours,” says Cathy. “Once I’d finished blending from red through to yellow, I removed the tape to leave a white frame around the background. I was then able to stamp the different elements directly onto the background.”

To create the silhouette image, Cathy inked her stamps using black VersaFine ink for a crisp, clean result. Follow the simple steps below to make this sunset design then try blending some backgrounds of your own.

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1. Trim a piece of watercolour paper to measure 10x30cm and score to create a 10x15cm card blank. Mask around the edges with low tack tape to create a border.

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2. Apply Red Cherry Gelato directly to the bottom of the card. The Gelato’s consistency is slightly softer than a crayon and should glide on well onto the paper.

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3. When you have applied enough of the colour to achieve your desired hue, use your finger to blend the Gelato evenly. Continue until you are happy with the shade.

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4. Apply Mango and Lemon Gelato to the middle and top thirds of the card in the same way. The masking tape border means you don’t need to be too neat around the edges.

Gelatos masterclass5. Using black Versafine ink, stamp sprigs in the bottom left corner of the background. Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner and two butterflies in the centre of the panel.

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6. Carefully remove the masking tape around the edges of the panel to reveal the finished design. We love the simplicity of this card but you can add embellishments if you like.

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