Monday 22 October 2012

100 Proof Press & Faber-Castell Blog Hop

Today is the start of a fabulous blog hop between Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and 100 Proof Press! We are very excited as this is our first collaboration with them! Hop with us today for a blog hop packed with inspiration and techniques!

We also have PRIZES for those who participate.  Be sure to visit and leave a comment on each designer’s blog.  When you are finished, comment on the company’s blogs to be eligible for the following great prizes:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $40 prize pack, and 100 Proof Press will be giving away a $30 gift certificate!

Want an extra chance to win some prizes?  Tweet Design Memory Craft at @DesignMemCraft about a technique you learned on the hop for a chance to win their NEW Stamper’s Big White Pen!  Or like 100 Proof Press’s Facebook page ( for a chance to win the calendar you saw on this hop!

The blog hop will be open until MIDNIGHT on OCTOBER 26th, and the winners will be announced on OCTOBER 29th on the company’s blog/twitter.

If you arrived here from Jennifer Matott's blog you are on the right track.  I have also included a full list for the hop should you get lost along the way.

I have created a steampunk Halloween tag for the hop using the fabulous SKULL image from 100 Proof Press, Faber-Castell Gelatos and Pastel Pitt Pencils.
To create my background I used green and black Gelatos and I have included step by steps to make it a little easier to follow.
These are the products I used for my background. A background stamp, any detailed background stamp is perfect for this technique, black and green Gelatos.
The Gelatos have a lovely creamy texture and are so easy to apply direct to a stamp.  Apply the lightest colour first which in this case is green and then add areas of black.
Once your stamp is covered with colour spritz with water and then press your tag onto the background stamp. I found that I could decorate two tags with the same ink as the pigment is so good, simply spritz once again and press a second tag onto the background, obviously the second stamping will be lighter in colour but still looks very effective.
Here is one of the tags I decorated using this technique, I decorated several tags, some to use at a later date. Gelatos are also fabulous when used over an embossed image. Simply emboss your background stamp with clear or white embossing powder and apply the colour over the top, blending the colours with your finger.  You can also make your own spray with the Gelatos, simply take a plastic container, apply some of the colour to the container straight from the stick and then add water to the colour and pour into a spritz bottle and you are then ready to use with your stencils or directly onto your card. 
I stamped the SKULL image onto white card and coloured with the Pastel Pitt Pencils, they are so soft and rich in colour and you can smudge with your finger to blend, which I love! I also added white highlights to the SKULL's teeth using a white pencil and once I had adhered the skull to my tag I added black pencil around the skull and smudged with my finger.
To add to the steampunk feel I added clock keys to the top of each skull and a mini sprocket to an eye on each of my skulls. I also added BOO to the head of each skull and 31 using a wooden circular number, again colouring the outside of the number with the green Gelato.
A Happy Halloween plaque has been added to the bottom of my tag for a little more interest, again coloured with Gelatos, applying the colour directly to the plaque, spritzing with water to blend. I also added a small skull to one corner.      

Your next stop on the blog hop is Colleen McGinty.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the blog hop and good luck. Tracy x x

100 Proof Press
Tiffany Johnson
Jen Matott
Tracy Evans
Mou Saha
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft


Scrapthat said...

Oh that BG is just beautiful!

akmoose said...

Cool card love the colors

Pam said...

Great tag! Love gelatos. Those steampunk skulls are fabulous.

Sue D said...

Cool--I like how you created the background.

Jingle said...

This is fabulous! Love the stamping in the background!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I LOVE THIS! The BG rocks and love the added sentiment!

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

Completely LOVE this project! I'm a sucker for skulls and gears!

Ann Jobes said...

I just bought my first 2 gelatos and REALLY appreciate the ideas you shared for ways to use them. Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

Miriam Prantner said...

What a cool technique! Love how that turned out....I need to try that with my gelatos!

Words and Pictures said...

Oh no, Tracy, what a terrible idea - introducing me to two whole new companies full of things I'm going to want to add to my wishlist! The gelatos sound amazing... are they literally gel? That stamped effect is great... and of course, you're rocking the Halloween skulls as usual!
Alison x

Lori W said...

LOVE the background technique!

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

Very nice technique. Awesome creation as always Tracy, I love what you did with the greens! :)

Tiffany said...

Thanks so much for the gelato techniques. That background is yummy! And I love all the great detail you added.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow...your project rocks...thanks for the tutorial on the gelatos!!

Loly Borda said...

Love the background, you made it look so easy that I think I'll have to try. TFS

Robyn said...

Love the Tag!! Thanks for the Tutorial!

MamaKaraba said...

LOVE the background you made. AND the sprockets for eyes! (Thanks for the chance to win free stuff to feed my papercraft addiction!)

Lani M said...

Like the vibrant green on the word tag at the bottom.

Lisa v said...

Love your Steampunk style. The gelatos are hard to find but I will get some eventually.

Chark said...

thanks for the tutorial--great project!

sharon g said...

I LOVE to learn what I can do with my Gelatos. Nice technique. I'm going to try it.

Mindy H said...

I loved the stamping with gelatos. I'm going to have to try that. Im glad i found your blog through the blog hop.

Sanketi said...

Lovely work ! those gelatos are the best!

Suzanne C said...

Ooohh love the effect of the gelatos on the damask. Beautiful and that cog eye in the skull is just fun! Fabulous project as always!

Suzanne C said...

Ooohh love the effect of the gelatos on the damask. Beautiful and that cog eye in the skull is just fun! Fabulous project as always!