A Masking Technique with Gelatos

I love gelatos for the concentrated color they deliver (and they are fun to use too!) and I really need to use them more often. Today I want to share a fun technique I dreamed up.

I wanted to combine heat embossing an image on the background with using a mask and gelatos to color over it.

The photos I plan to use on this layout are dark and have a lot of black in them. I wanted to use a white background so that the color in the gelatos will really pop, so I’m using a white background.

To start, I added some black paint splatters.

I marked off where the photos would go lightly in pencil. I stamped this small doily image randomly on the background with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.

Once all the images were embossed, I used this cool Hero Arts background stencil to cover over the image and add the Gelato color.

I applied the Gelato through the mask so that it would cover the doily image, but be contained in that irregular square.

Once it was down, I blended the color with my finger.

I used a paper towel to remove the color from the doily image. The clear heat embossing acts to resist the color to reveal the stamped image.

At first I only selected four colors, but as I started working, I added in several more to blend them and deepen or lighten the color so that my boxes were all different shades.

Here is the final background. I trimmed the white cardstock down a little over an inch and added a border of pattern paper.

This technique was super fun and I’m so glad that it worked exactly as I envisioned in my head. I want to expand on this and try it with larger images now. It would be just as easy to create my own mask with a circle, scallop or square punch and cardstock.

Can’t wait to try this technique again. Have you tried gelatos yet?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I’ve not tried Gelatos yet, but they’re on my next shopping list. I’m playing with distress markers and ink pads now. Love how this turned out. Isn’t it great when something you envision turns out just the way you planned! Very creative. Michelle t

  2. I love gelatos, so fun!!

  3. This is so beautiful, Tammy! Will you come over and give me some gelato lessons? I’m scared of them. LOL!

  4. Love the background you created! I haven’t tried out gelatos, but your technique is a great reason to!

  5. Fun! love that look. I have not tried them yet and I really want to.

  6. Oh that is so cool! I just need a heat embossing tool. I have been wanting to get one because I want to do more stamping with embossing powder.
    Anyway, I know you saw that I used gelatos on my latest layout on my blog, so yes I have used them. But not enough here either.
    I think I am going to sign up for that Wilna class at 2p’s just to get some ideas 🙂

  7. totally fabulous!!! What a great idea and tutorial!

  8. Your background paper turned out wonderfully.
    Isn’t it great when something works out just like you planned :
    Looking forward to seeing your finished layout.
    I haven’t tried gelatos yet

  9. This is awesome-can’t wait to try it!

  10. What a cool technique! I haven’t tried gelato yet… They look fairly easy to use, right?? Haha!

  11. Oh, this looks like FUN! I need to use my gelatos more, so I might be trying this soon!

  12. That is really cool! I will have to try that in my art journal if I could ever find the gelatos. I may just need to order them online. I have one more place to look.

  13. This looks fabulous. I’m not a big fan of gelatos, but perhaps I should give them another try.



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