Sunday, 26 October 2014

APC Challenge - Week 8

This is Week 8 of the 
Altered Playing Card Challenge
and the background being used is Gelatos.

I bought a pack of 4 Gelatos at the beginning of the year just to try them out, as I'd been hearing good things about them.  Well, my first impressions weren't good - it was a disaster!  I watched various you-tube videos, read about them and still they just didn't work as I expected.  Actually, I think that was my problem - they didn't work as I expected them too.

Anyhow, the backgrounds on the cards this week was to use Gelatos, so off I went again.  As these cards are only small, I had no trouble scribbling some colour and adding water to mix them around and this is the result.

The card #1 I scribbled some purple around the card, spritzed it with water and moved the colour around using my fingers.  Before it dried I stamped the heart image (Stampotique) twice, just using the rubber stamp.  When you lift it up, it takes a bit of the colour with it leaving a white image.

I stamped the hearts again using black Staz On, coloured them with red gelato and cut them out.  I wanted to be able to still see the images underneath, so I layered them over each other and glued them down.  The words are from a sheet of cutouts and I doodled around the border with a Uni POSCA black paint pen.

Card #2 was done the same way but this time I used a red gelato and added a couple of blobs of green gelato and sort of blended them together (although the green went a bit of a murky colour - oh well).  The cute little monster (Stampotique) came from the Stampotique ATC Challenge this month as an added extra (I will have to find out what his name is).  I fussy cut him out and added colour using Distress Markers.  I glued him into place, adding the heart and the words.  Again I used the Uni POSCA black paint pen to add the arrow border.

If you would like to join in this challenge, go to for details.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Hi, Helen! I am trying to get caught up on my fun stuff since our move and sale of the old home, and I now am working on getting caught up on blogs I follow. I LOVE the altered playing cards! How much fun is that?? I also do the Zentangles occasionally and yours are awesome! It also looks like you have had travel fun, I'm jealous! Thanks for continuing to come to my blog. I really appreciate your kind comments. Stay crafty, Michelle :)

  2. I am dreadfully behind in this project, but, not that we are home from camping, home from a week-long art conference, and home from babysitting our four beautiful grandchildren, both Russ and I are reach to begin again. Great inspiration for us here with your great ATCs, Helen!

  3. These are so cool and crafty, love the stmpas you used and your hearts card is amazing!

  4. Hi Helen, its Siobhan :)
    gonna put you on my list of blogs I visit whenever they post.
    Love this, I too have gelatos but have had a simular experienced and have not persevered, perhaps I should, Love this. <3

  5. Hello Helen, Coco here, I'm back from work so easier to go and look at your blog :D
    Well done for these two lovely ATCs!! You have made a great use of your Gelatos!! Coco x

  6. These are great. Love the monster. So cute. Great doodles. Hugz


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