31 Days #25: Getting Out of a Rut

by Lain Ehmann on July 25, 2012

Today, instead of just a video, I have a video AND a tutorial! AND a contest! YAY, me!

The question I’m answering is:

How do I get out of a crafting rut?

After you watch today’s video, scroll down for a special tutorial on creating a cute Happy Birthday tag using Faber-Castell Getalo ™ Colors.

So, if you’re ready to get yourself out of a crafting rut (if you’re in one!) then it’s time to get playing. Pull out a new product or queue up a tutorial on Youtube, and get crafting!

I have been so happy to be a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft brand ambassador for the past few weeks! Hopefully you caught the simple scrapbooking layout I created using the Stamper’s Big Brush Gift Set. And today, I have a step-by-step for this cute feminine birthday tag.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Tag (you can use a pre-made one, or cut one to size from a  piece of card stock or watercolor paper, which is what I did).

-Glimmer Mist (I used pearl)

-Texture stamp

-Ink (I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Gift Set from Faber-Castell)

-Patterned paper scraps

-Punches and stencils, if desired


-Floral stamp (I used the one that came with my Gelatos™ Colors set.

-Gelatos™ Colors  (I used the pinks set)

-Tiny Attacher if desired

-Little letter stickers

-Washi tape or other embellishments as you wish

-Baker’s Twine


Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Spray the tag with a substantial amount of Glimmer Mist or regular water. The Gelatos ™ Colors are water-based, so they’ll react to the water like watercolors. Cool!

2. Using the Gelatos ™ Colors, scribble a design on the wet tag.  I love how the Gelatos ™ Colors are created to work together — no guesswork! (You can see in the picture above how they’re already starting to blend… I added another few squirts of Glimmer Mist after I scribbled!

3. Get in there with your fingers and start moving the colors around, blending and spreading. This is the fun part! Get a little dirty and make sure the colors are well-blended. Pretend you’re finger painting — because you are! :)

4. If you are impatient like I am, hit the tag with a heat gun (being careful not to get too close to the paper, and to keep the gun moving over the surface). Or just set it aside if you are the type who doesn’t start poking at the Christmas presents a week before Christmas. (I don’t like you).

Now, we’re going to create a background texture for the tag. I used a tiny dot stamp and a Faber-Castell Big Brush. Again, totally coordinated with the Gelatos ™ Colors!

I just brushed the surface of the stamp with the Big Brush and stamped. Doesn’t that look cool? I wanted a more textured look, so I was careful NOT to make it perfect!

Keep that Big Brush handy — we’re going to use it again!

5. I thought the edges of my tag needed a little definition, so I pooled some ink by scribbling with the same Big Brush on my craft mat, then spraying it with a squirt or two of Glimmer Mist. I picked up the color with a brush (conveniently included in my Gelatos ™ Colors set!) and used it to edge the tag.

I love products you can do double (or triple) duty with!

6. Now it’s time to start layering and embellishing! I started with a circle of patterned paper punched from scraps. We’re starting to see texture and dimension here! Look how beautiful the Gelatos ™ Colors dried! Wow!

7. Stamping time! Using the cute floral stamp that was included in my Gelatos ™ Colors set and the pinky-red colors from the Stamper’s Big Brush set, I stamped a few flowers down the side of my tag.

All this tone-on-tone creates many layers and a lot of visual interest without making the tag “heavy.” And because the colors all work together, I don’t have to even think about matching! They just do! Yahoo!

8. Next I started to add a  strip of vellum that adds even more dimension but with a semi-transparent effect. But then I decided it needed a stamp, too.

So I stamped another flower and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. It’s shiny and raised — yes, MORE layers! I trimmed the edges, then secured it with my Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz (how did I live without it??).

9. Finally, I added jewels to the center of my flowers, spelled out “Happy Birthday” in pink letters, and finished it off with a strip of polka-dotted patterned paper along the top edge.

Now I’ve got a little tag for a special someone!


Faber-Castell and Design Memory Craft were so generous that I have some goodies to give away. I couldn’t use them all! So please do the following:

-”Like” the Design Memory Craft Facebook page


-Pin this tutorial to your Pinterest board


-Tweet about this tutorial and giveaway

..then leave us a comment telling us about it!

You will be entered to win a set of Mix & Match PITT (r) Pastel Pencils! 

Unlike messy chalks, PITT® Pastel Pencils give you the velvety chalk color you desire without all the dust and mess. Use these versatile pastels to create soft blended color edgings along cards, scrapbook and journal pages. Pastel Pencils can also be used to create strong vibrant lines with the sharpened points. Combine both techniques for a contrasting effect. These pencils sharpen easily with a standard sharpener and unlike other brands the color “leads” are glued the entire length of the barrel to protect against breakage. Blend with just a fingertip or blending stump and mistakes can be easily erased with an eraser. Try Pastel Pencils on dark and light papers, smooth or textured, even sandpaper. Made with the highest quality, professional-grade pigments that are lightfast and archival. Mix and match Pastel Pencils with PITT® Artist Pens and Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils for a variety of exciting new techniques on all your creative projects.

Giveaway closes at midnight-ish on Friday, July 27. Winner will be announced Monday, July 30, and prize must be claimed by Midnight on July 31, 2012.

  • Orange Gearle

    Facebook liked, tutorial pinned and tweeted!  Thanks for the chance to win! :-)  Also thank you for continuing to do these videos!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKLJSUEMMIKLHTX3HSMEAX4ENM Alison

    Hi Lain. Great tutorial! Those pens (are they pens?) look like so much fun! Love how you edges the tag with them. I’ve liked them on FB and pinned your tutorial to my board. thanks for the chance to win some so we can play and get messy too!

  • Skbscraps

    Another fun day. So wish we were neighbors then you wouldn’t have to send me a prize you could just drop it by. I liked and tweeted. Would love to win. Thanks for sharing your creativity and opportunities!

  • Tiffani

    Tagged it on Pinterest!

  • Angela A

    Love the card and how the colors blend so well.  I liked the FB page.  Thanks for the giveaway.

  • benessi

    Liked on FB! The pencils look interesting, I’m not into chalks so might have to give them a try. Gelatos are delish, even the name is delish!

  • LauraZM

    Liked, pinned and tweeted! Def made me think about the difference btwn a rut and style – all attitude.

  • LauraZM

    What is the difference between the three types of pencils Faber-Castelll offers. I love the effect from chalk so would the PITT ones be the ones to choose? But I noticed they also have a GRIP line and a GRIPwatercolor version. How or when would you use those? Very curious…

  • Wendyp81

    Can’t wait to try mixing the BB markers with Glimmer Mist! Never thought to try that! I liked, tweeted and  pinned :)

  • Kathy Meredith56

    Hadn’t heard of the gelatos before! Can’t wait to try them. Liked and pinned! Thanks for a chance to win! The video was great, too!

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  • Cathy R from south of Atlanta

    Thanks for such clear tutorials.  I am a visual and auditory learner so it helps me to have both sound and pictures.  Liked and pinned as well.  Am learning alot about Faber-Castell from your blog! 

  • Bunnyfreak

    Just tweeted (buckeyecub)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220062703 Kelli Panique

    What an adorable tag!  Love how you used the pens and the Glimmer Mist together!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545515408 Marygail Caalim Mello

    Loving the tag! I tweeted, pinned and liked :)

  • Danielle_nl

    love your tag. I pinned, tweeted (my pin and about the tutorial and liked!

  • Jennyfer

    IIve liked design memory craft! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Marcia F

    I recently was given some Gelatos but didn’t know how to use them – thanks for the great tutorial! I “liked” the Design Memory Craft fb page.

  • Lainehmann

    Marygail, you are our winner! Please email support (at) layoutaday.com and let Kelli know you won the PITT pencils. Include your mailing address!

  • Amanda Christensen

    I “liked” Design Memory Craft on Facebook and pinned your awesome tutorial on my Pinterest board. I’m new to your blog and I’m loving it! You are inspiring me so much! Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/SirYakalot Adrian Michaud

    Thanks for the tutorial, I have used Gelatos before but not with pearlized water.  Can’t wait to see the effect in person!!  Beautiful tag!

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