Coloring with Gelatos on a Stamped Image

Hi Readers,

I have some catching up to do, but will probably never REALLY catch up.  There’s too much fun stuff goin’ on!  I have another Faber-Castell Gelatos technique card that Kassidy did to show you today.   She wanted you to see how to use the Gelatos to color in a stamped image.  It was simple to do.

Gelato on Stamped ImageKassidy started her project with a piece of 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock cut to 6½ X 4½ inches.  Using Archival Jet Black Dye Ink, she stamped a large flower head 3 times onto the paper.  She first tried using watercolor paper, but the textured surface of the paper made the stamped lines too blotchy, even on the smooth side of the water color paper.  However, if you think you will be using a lot of water, you definitely should stamp on watercolor paper.  If so, I suggest that you use a Fiskars Stamp Press or a MISTI stamp press, so the stamping can be repeated in order to get complete lines.

Not needing to be neat or coloring in completely, loosely color in the center of each flower with the Tangerine Gelato.  Use a slightly wet paint brush to blend in the Gelato in the middle.  Now take the Red Cherry Gelato and color haphazardly around the center.  You don’t need to stay in the lines or get everything blended just right.  Next, using a clean, wet brush, start on the white portion of the flower petal, putting down a layer of water and working into the part colored with Red Cherry Gelato.  The pigment will spread and blend as you go.  The more water you add, the lighter your color gets.

To color the background, scribble the Cotton Candy Gelato around the 3 flowers.  Using a clean, wet paint brush, blend the Gelato over the entire background.

Now use your finger to smear Liquitex White Gesso lightly over the background and flowers.  Using a dry paper towel, lightly blot up the gesso where you think it looks too heavy.  As you can see on Kassidy’s card, you can’t even tell that she used gesso on it.

Last of all, put a clean paint brush in water.  Wipe the sides so it isn’t dripping.  Take the paint brush directly to the tip of the Red Cherry Gelato.  Tape the paintbrush with your finger to get a few splatters on your paper.  Repeat this action using the Tangerine Gelato.

When the card was dry, I punched a hole in the corner and added an eyelet.  This card will go in Kassidy’s ringed collection of swatches she is making, using Gelato techniques.  I wrote on the back of the card what was used to make this card so she would have a reference if she wants to do this again.

We hope you give this a try,

Tricia & Kassidy


Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid’s Challenge


Thanks to Jill Foster of Design Memory Craft for her ideas at –

110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 8 1/2 X 11 inches –

Archival Jet Black Dye Ink Buy locally at Michael’s using one of their coupons or order online at

Faber-Castell Gelatos Set

Fiskars Stamp Press

MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) –

Crop-A-Dile and Eyelets

Metal Book Rings

The Large Flower Head Stamp is old and was purchased from Archiver’s Store which is no longer in business locally.  The company that made it is  When doing a search on the web I ended up at  While there are a few large flower head stamps there, the one Kassidy used for this card is not.  So it may be expired, and the name of the stamp is not on the wood block to research it further.  One COULD search through eBay if interested. 




3 thoughts on “Coloring with Gelatos on a Stamped Image

  1. Cathie C. says:

    You did an amazing job coloring the flowers with Gelatos, Kassidy. I love Gelatos too, they are so much fun to work with and you did an amazing job blending the colors. Great job! Thanks for sharing your artwork on the Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge.

    Cathie ♥


  2. onecraftystamper says:

    Kassidy, you do an amazing job with the gelato, I am really impressed! I can definitely learn more about them from you!! I am really happy you’ve joined our kids challenge with so many projects, over here at Simon Says Stamp! hugs, maura


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