Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gesso Resist Tutorial for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Hi!  Today I am going to share one of my favorite techniques using gesso.

This is what you will need to create the background:
Distress Stain
Credit or Gift card
Heavy Paper (I use mixed media paper)

Place a bit of gesso on craft mat, using credit or gift card, pick up some gesso on end of card.

This next step is the tricky part but it's also the fun part!  Holding the plastic card as flat to the paper as you can, lightly drag it down the length of the card stock.  You don't want to have a solid covering of gesso so keeping the plastic card flat will aid with that. (I usually practice a bit before I use my expensive paper)

Allow to dry completely before next step.  

Last step:  have fun staining!!!  I press my dauber onto the craft mat to get the stain flowing then I liberally add stain to the card stock.  The gesso resists the stain giving you a fun unique background every time you use this technique!  For a bit of a finish I used distress ink on the edges of the card stock.

For my finished card I used the sweet birds: Black Capped Chickadees Red Rubber Stamp and Happy Spring 2 Red Rubber Stamp for the sentiment.  I also used Scallop Circle Nesting Die to frame the image.

Happy Creating!!!


  1. Angie, you know I love this bird card, being such a lover of birds. The image is beautiful and you made a fabulous background. It's a wow card!!

  2. Love the show and tell. Beautiful card.

  3. Very pretty and thanks for sharing your background technique.

  4. What a fun technique! Very pretty card!

  5. Hee Hee! I got this card delivered to my inbox via Prickley Pear today and admired it there. Now I can admire it all over again *and* get the scoop on how it was made. Very, very nice!

  6. WOW, what a great bg for the lovely image, Angie!! Thanks for sharing how to do it - will have to give it a try at some stage. This is such a lovely spring card - loving all the blues and the sweet little birds!!

  7. I have never seen that technique before but it looks fun! Your bg is wonderful for this sweet image. Beautiful card Angie. Hugz!

  8. this is so pretty. I need to learn how to use Gesso (and get some!). Thanks for the inspiration. Beesmom at splitcoast


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