Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tip with Kaisercraft

Hi Everyone,

This week at Kaisercraft, it's my turn to share a Tuesday Tip, so I thought I would show you how to alter your bright pp's a few different ways by softening the colours using gesso. These techniques can also be used with softer coloured pp's for a more pastel look.

Top left - Dampen a sea sponge in water, squeeze, then dry off excess water with a tea towel, so it's only just damp.  Lightly dab into some gesso, then pat the sponge onto your pp.  Keep sponging until you are happy with the coverage.  I like to cover most of the paper, leaving a border around the edges untouched for some contrast.

Top right - This section was altered with a damp paintbrush and gesso.  Use up and down strokes to apply gesso mixed with a touch of water. You can see the difference between the sponging and watered down gesso which just lightly softens the colour of the paper.  The thicker the gesso is, the less the pattern and colours will show through.

Bottom left - Using gesso and a bit of folded cardboard, lightly dip the folded edge of the cardboard in the gesso and drag it up and down your paper, for a messier look.

Bottom right - Lastly, use gesso and a densely patterned mask which will cover most of the pattern. Here I have used the Kaisercraft bubbles stencil.

If you look at the closely at the example, you can see the difference in colour between the original bright background and the changes with each different technique.

I have created a soft colour wash card using the sponged technique and then used the leaves from the tree template on the corners of the card. On the envelope I have used the brushed watered down gesso technique.
Kaisercraft Products:  PP941  Dream Big paper pad | CT797  Dream Big Collectables | CT793 Storyteller Collectables | T407  Template – Tree | EM930 Pearl Brads – Pearl | SB794 Pearls – Pearl | CD501 Card Pack Square – White |

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. I LOVED this...it's not that I don't use any of these techniques - I do them all - but to see them like this, is really neat & gives a true idea of how each one works.....it's GREAT!!! And of course, such a CUTE project you have made with them too:):) Thanks for sharing:):)