Sunday, April 3, 2011

Squirrely Gesso


Squirrely Nancy and I challenged each other to do the technique in March 2011 issue of the Club Scrap Stamp Rap. Kay Williamson called the technique Gesso Espresso and it involved stamping over a base using clear embossing and then covering it with a coating of gesso which was then wiped back off again, leaving a sort of ghost print. The newsletter suggested using cardstock from the Raku kit (which I could not bear to cover) or using acrylic paints to make your own base to cover. This was the choice I made. I used swipes of acrylic paint in Lemon Chiffon, Sage Green and Laguna over Citrus cardstock from Castaway kit. The rubber stamps used were unmounteds, also from the Castaway kit. My mermaid was cut on the Silhouette using Raku teal for the fins and white for the other parts. Those parts were colored with a recipe of Blush Perfect Pearls and Twinkling H2O’s. The card base is from Refresh, the teal vellum is from Sunken Treasure. Magic Mesh is from my stash. I also used Peeled Paint Distress Ink to distress the edges. The text rubber stamp is from Crafty Secrets.

Always searching for a sketch challenge, Chrissie suggested this one from Simon Says Stamp which was designed by Domi.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Ooh nice mermaid! Her hair is gorgeous!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  2. I love this card - you did an awesome job with the sketch and that image is super sweet. Thank you for joining us this week over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge, hugs, Dawny xxx