Gesso & Gelatos Halloween Card

Happy Fall!

I know most people are enjoying the cooler weather.  Here in northwest Georgia, USA, the leaves on the trees are beginning to turn.  There are widespread temperatures from nighttime upper 30s to daytime lower 70s.  This season brings my favorite colors, the colors of autumn.  That’s why I love the colors in this card so much.  

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I’ll start from the beginning.  This is a 5 x 7 inch card.  However, it starts out larger than that.  I like to cut my watercolor paper larger than the finished product, and trim it later .  Brush gesso smoothly on the paper, and let it dry.  Wash the brush immediately, and clean the craft sheet.

  • paper trimmer
  • 90# Canson Watercolor Paper, trimmed to 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Ranger Craft Sheet
  • large brush
  • white Gesso

Select gelato colors.  I  used tangerine, mango, pistachio and grape.  Start with a large dot in the center, then add colors around the dot until you come to the edge of the paper.

Blend the colors with your fingers.  I tried to use a different finger when changing colors. 

IMG_1090  To make designs on the blended gelatos, place a stencil where you want it.  Wipe the empty spaces on the stencil with a damp baby wipe.  If using the stencil in more than one place, use a rag or paper towel to dry the stencil in-between wipes.  Otherwise, the accumulated moisture will smear the gelato colors.

  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crackle Layering Stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil

After the stencil work, allow your paper to dry, or use a heat tool to hasten the process.  Wash your stencils, and lay them out to dry before storing.

Trim around the edges of your paper a little at a time to 4.75 x 6.75 inches.  Be careful to keep the large orange dot centered.  You may want to save the pretty trimmings to use on the inside of the card. 

After this, it’s time to stamp and use embossing powder.

  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • heat tool
  • Versafine Black Ink
  • Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
  • tree, vine, pumpkin – Inkadinkado Fall Season Stamps

Stamp the tree a couple of times with the black ink.  Immediately, sprinkle it with embossing powder.  Shake off the powder, and heat set it. 

  • Hero Arts Tangerine Hybrid Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Willow Ink
  • Sharpie, fine point pen

To stamp the pumpkin, use the tangerine ink and stamp it several times in order to get it dark enough to see.  Fan dry the pumpkin in-between stamping.  Wipe off the tangerine ink on the steam and leaves.  The gesso application leaves a slick surface, so this is easily done.  You may want to tap the pumpkin with your finger to get the color to smooth out.  Then apply the willow ink to the stem and leaves.  Fan dry the willow ink.  Trace over the lines on the pumpkin with a fine point black marker.

After stamping one pumpkin, mask paper is needed to stamp other pumpkins behind it.  Cut 2 mask paper pumpkins.

  • Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
  • acrylic block (or use the MISTI)
  • scissors

Remove the backing of the mask paper, and cover the stamped pumpkin.  Reposition the stamp to make a second pumpkin.  Stamp with tangerine and willow inks as before.  Fan dry, then trace over the lines.  Repeat for the third pumpkin.

Use the black marker to draw the faces on the pumpkins to make them Jack-O-Lanterns.

IMG_1134  Next, stamp the vine with black ink a couple of times.  Immediately, sprinkle on embossing powder while the ink is still wet, then shake off the excess and heat set it.

I didn’t buy new stamps for this card.  I wanted to use what I have.  So the font for my sentiments do not match, but that’s okay.

  • It’s your – Fiskars
  • Halloween – Hero Arts CL498
  • Birthday – Stampendous

Note:  In case you’re not aware, many times you can find retired stamps you like on Amazon and Ebay.                                           

I used the same technique of stamping and embossing on the sentiments that I used  on the images.

If you want to make your cards look extra special, layer a couple of cardstock panels behind the front panel.  

  • black cardstockRecollections Cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store, trimmed to 1/8 inch larger than 4 3/4 and 6 3/4 inches.  I don’t know how else to explain it.
  • green cardstock – Recollections Cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store, trimmed to 5 x 7 inches.  

IMG_1139   Before putting the panels together, go around the edges of the front panel with the black ink pad.  I almost forgot this.


I didn’t photograph this next step.  Make a card base.

  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock, cut to 7 x 10 inches.  Fold the cardstock to make a card that is 5 x 7 inches.  

Layer the panels together with a permanent tape.  Then adhere this to the card base.

  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape

It’s a good thing that the person cannot see IMG_1140   the ugly side of the card.  🙂

  • tiny gems
  • glue
  • Glossy Accents

The tree was embellished with little gems from my stash.  I would have used a couple more gems, but these were all I had.  I always use a spot of glue behind gems, even though they are self-adhesive.  Then I lay an acrylic block on top of them until the glue dries. 

After looking at the shiny black images and words on the card front, I figured the Jack-O-Lanterns needed more attention.  I covered them with Glossy Accents.  This takes a while to dry, so set the card out of reach where it can’t be accidently smudged. 

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I made this card for my sister-in-law who celebrates her birthday on October 31st.   I kept the inside of the card simple.  Gluing some trimmings from the card front helps bring the theme together.  I stamped the sentiments in black with the MISTI, shifted the card over a little, and double stamped it with orange or green.  The word “and” is handwritten.  The small image stamps used inside the card were from miscellaneous stamp sets.  I colored them with colored pencils or markers.  I don’t remember which, and I didn’t write it down.  

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Think back:  Applying gesso to the card panel before scribbling the gelatos on the panel is a marvel.  I tried to be lazy and apply the gelatos without the gesso, but no.  The surface was too rough.  I encourage you to try your hand at using gesso and gelatos.  They are so much fun to work with, and may surprise you with the results.

Thank you for stopping by,

Tricia Ann 


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One thought on “Gesso & Gelatos Halloween Card

  1. Macarena says:

    Totally love the colors, it’s like an explosion of paints. Love the way you colored the background and the tree inside is beautiful. Lovely use of stencils, too. Thank you for joining SSS Monday Challenge.


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