Gecko Galz

Gecko Galz

Monday, May 14, 2012


As alot of you know one of my big weaknesses is ribbons...I have bins of ribbon spools in my studio and love coming up with new and unique uses for it. One of my altime favorite ribbon companies is May Arts and I thought it would be kind of fun to feature them as this weeks online shop so everyone can go take a peek at the wonderful selection they have....but I warn you, like chocolate their product is highly adictive! So first I wanted to share with you a few works I did using their ribbons, I hope you enjoy them!

For this card I used May Arts ribbon BS22 in red. I also worked with Core'dinations white wash paper. Gecko Galz "Card Toppers" collage image and crop-a-dile to punch my holes.

For this card I used May Arts ribbon AF16 in green and gold. I also used Core'dinations chocolate box paper, Gecko Galz "Card Toppers" collage image, stick pin and lace from my stash.


For this card I used May Arts Ribbon ABB22 Check stitch in Pink/Orange. I also worked with Core-Dinations paper, Cuddle Bug embossing folder, Prima Flowers, Paper and image from Gecko Galz.


I had a blast doing this little inspiration plaque for my studio and for this I used May Arts Ribbon BM66 in blue and green.
I also worked with Gecko Galz images, papers and digi stamps as well as UTEE from B&J Art Stamps (they have amazing UTEE in multi colors)


For this card I used May Arts ribbon 363-28 Twisted Burlap red cord and C32 sheer gold ribbon. I also used Gecko Galz "Wild Wild West digital stamps" and papers by Gecko Galz. And used Copic markers to color in the image.


for this cute little coaster book I used May Arts ribbon EA17 in pink.
I also used 4 blank 4x4 coasters, Papers & ephemera images by Gecko Galz, Hero Arts flowers, 7 gypsies jeweled dangle, paper studios pearls, and spare parts jeweled brad


For this little valentine card I worked with May Arts JD25 red sheer dot ribbon.
Also paper by Gecko Galz, Valentine Ephemera image by Gecko Galz, red stickles.


I wanted to do a card that was a bit more masquline with fathers day approching and came up with this adventure card using May Arts Ribbon MKK04, it gave it the little pop of color the card called for! I also used glossy paper, Butterscotch Alcohol ink, papers by Paper Studio and GCD Studios and stamps by blockheads Stamps.

And now I thought it might be fun to walk you through a card that might be fun for you to create at home. The card we will be making is the following;


Now for this card you will need the following products
white card stock
May Arts Ribbon 370-14-66
Shimmer Paints (you can use twinkling H20's, or any brand. Hobby Lobby has a great set for around $5 in the art department)
a white flower (we used prima)
a colorful button (we found ours at Jo Annes)
An embossing folder of your choice (we used a floral one by Paper Studios found at Hobby Lobby)
a piece of BO Bunny swiss dot paper in yellow
small paint brush
a natural sponge
Water in container
Archival Ink by Ranger
And fun spring stamp (ours is from Third coast stamps)

First take your card stock and cut out your 5"x10" square card base and using a bone folder score the center. 
Next take your embossing folder and emboss the top layer of your card base. Take your sponge and dip in water to make damp (you want to squeeze out excess water) and take one end and dip in your pink color shimmer paint. then with a circular motion cover top of card lightly (you do not want to press to hard because you will loose your raised area) dont worry if there are white areas left you are going to go back in with your second color (I chose a gold color) and ink areas that were missed with the pink and also over lap the two colors....this is a great way to distress paper.
While that is drying take your white flower and using your paint brush paint your first layer of color (I used the same pink that I used on the card base) then go back in with your second color and add to flower (again I used the gold, this creates a great gilted look).
 Let that dry and cut a 4"x3.5" piece from the white card stock and using your black ink stamp your image in the center (I suggest using either Ranger Archival Ink or Staz On ink when working with water based products). Next using your paint brush you will paint the image (to create great shadows use your pewter color and go along the inner edge of the design, on my card you can tell on the girls left side) also play with your colors using a plastic plate you can mix colors to create new colors. The great thing about shimmer paints is they layer and blend well. after you have painted her then you will take your brush and add paint then alot of water and do a wash for your back ground. Let it dry and then using a moist brush add an edge to your image using paint.
Now take your dot paper and cut a 4"x1.5" strip and a 4"x3" rectangle. Place the large piece on the inside of your card to stamp a sentiment on and then place the strip on the left side about 1/4" from bottom of card base. Next adhere your stamped image to the right side of your card base and in the lower left corner the flower. Using clear glue adhere your button to the center of the flower. To finish the card take your ribbon and cut 2 12" pieces and a 6" piece. Tie your two 12" pieces around the top of the card at the score line and tie into a knot. Then take your last piece and tie around other two and tie into bow. Now you are ready to send to your favorite friend!

I hope you enjoyed all my little works and please feel free to check out May Arts art

Have a happy Scrappy Day!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Fab assortment of projects! I particularly love the cowgirl card and your mini book, but all your creations are lovely! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.