World Card Making Day 2014 – Gesso Resist Video Tutorial by Vivian Keh

by | October 4th, 2014 | 45

World Card Making Day 2014 with the Clearsnap Creative Team

We’re so excited to be celebrating World Card Making Day 2014 with you!! We kicked off the celebration yesterday with a set of cards from our team (see that blog post here) and today, we’re bringing you even more inspiration. Make sure you check out the Official World Card Making Day site to submit your work and enter to win an amazing prize pack from the WCMD 2014 sponsors (like us!). Today, Vivian Keh inspires us with a gorgeous tutorial on how to use gesso as a resist agent with ink:

Hello, Clearsnap fans!  Vivian Keh here today to share with you a video tutorial!  Last month, a lovely Clearsnap fan commented that she’d love a a video tutorial on Using Gesso as a Resist.  I read all your comments, you know :-).  Now that we paper people are preparing for autumn/winter crafting and I can feel fresh autumn days upon us, I thought that for my video, I’d craft an appropriate card which illustrates the very easy technique.


Would you like to see some details?


Here’s a closeup of the background, created with our “Blizzard” ColorBox ArtScreen and the Gesso Resist Technique.


It seems like right now a lot of folks I love are going through tough times, major changes.  I thought on that a bit and felt that these words would be appropriate, grounding the visual metaphor.


Using this technique, the shapes have sharp edges in some places, and are really soft/almost non-existent elsewhere.  I personally find this kind of look very relaxing.  Also, while there are some darks, they serve as a nice backdrop for the lights and glowing autumn hues in the leaves.


I really miss East Coast autumns!  A little hemp twine and a simple brad to finish.


I hope you enjoy my video tutorial and that it gives you some mojo to jump into your studio with beautiful seasonal changes in mind.

-Vivian Keh

Clearsnap –
SMOOCH Spritz in Sea Kiss, Copper
ColorBox Spritzers in Deep Grape, Wine Berry, Pumpkin Pie
ColorBox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan, Pumpkin Spice
Colorbox Art Screen in “Blizzard”

Sizzix –
Dies and embossing folders

Core’dinations –
110 lb Smooth Cardstock

Hemp Twine
Decorative Brad
Alphabet Stamps



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45 Responses to World Card Making Day 2014 – Gesso Resist Video Tutorial by Vivian Keh

  1. Ann says:

    Beautiful card, love the embossed leaves.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Stunning card – what a cool technique! Happy WCMD!

  3. jpscraps says:

    The card is gorgeous! I never would have thought to use gesso as a resist. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Such a gorgeous card! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Tina says:

    Wow that’s beautiful

  6. Deb Jennings says:

    Stunning colours and products making such a beautiful card. I will be using those colours together and trying the gesso resist for my next project. Thanks for the demo

  7. Jennifer L. says:

    Just gorgeous! I may have to try it myself.

  8. Brittany Tucker says:

    Beautiful card! Love the background.

  9. Darlene Satkewich says:

    Thanks for the very informative video! Looks like fun and your leaves are amazing!!!

  10. Darlene Satkewich says:

    Thanks for the video! I have never tried this technique before…it looks addicting.

  11. Candy says:

    I love this card idea. I am always open to new techniques too. Embrace change…love this!

  12. barbara macaskill says:

    Fabulous card!! LOVE this technique~ The leaves look just like the ones out my back door~ I love an East Coast fall! TFS!

  13. Carla Hundley says:

    Beautiful card,
    great background
    Carla from Utah

  14. Carole Carlson says:

    Thanks for the demonstration video.

  15. marylouh says:

    Beautiful card. The background really makes you feel the chill in the air.
    thanks for sharing.
    happy WCMD

  16. MargieH says:

    Really didn’t think of Gesso as a resist – great idea, Vivian :)
    Wonderful colors – great depth and coloring when mixed with water and Gesso resist! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  17. Carmen Olson says:

    What a lovely Fall card. I love all the colors, the resist and of course the leaves. Great inspiration!

  18. Elizabeth A Etheridge says:

    Oh my gosh, what an amazing color scheme. Love the methods used. I learned something today.

  19. Amy Jones says:

    Wow… This card is amazing. I love it.

  20. Pam Bray says:

    Beautiful Card!!!

  21. Annette says:

    #WCMD – Great site and love the cards.

  22. Robin Buchholz says:

    What a stunning card! I love the colors and the leaves.

  23. L.r. Smith says:

    Love these leaves… (I’m tryin’ to find the PINTEREST LINK BUTTON to pin this.. It is soooooooooooo pretty of a project)

  24. Terry York says:

    Enjoyed the creative video tutorial…gorgeous card. Thanks fir sharing!

  25. Nubia C says:

    I’ve never played with Gesso but this card makes me want to go out and get some. So beautiful. Love the layers in the colors.

  26. L.r. Smith says:

    I LOVE THIS CARD and TECHNIQUE… super lookin’ and wow, seems sooooooooooo easy to get awesome work.. Thanks for Vivian to show us how.. love her work too!!

  27. What an amazing card – gonna try the gesso resist with my stencils and sprays!

  28. Leanne S says:

    Gorgeous card

  29. Trudy Thomas says:

    Awesome! Love the purple!

  30. Lisa W says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Love the card!

  31. Tina Howard says:

    Thank you for taking the time to show us how to improve and learn new techniques. The card is beautiful!

  32. Heather Thompson says:

    That card is so beautiful, I love the colors and the texture. stunning.

  33. Teresa Godines says:

    Stunning card. Love all of those deep fall colors.

  34. Migdalia Rodriguez says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

  35. Russell Stone says:

    I love the colors here. Very nice.

  36. Janis in ID says:

    Beautiful card with a great technique I’ve never tried before. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  37. Lissa says:

    Love the card and clearsnap!

  38. charlotte Bullock says:

    Just awesomeness!!

  39. Stacy Molter says:

    Gorgeous card! I love the orange and red against the purple!

  40. Jacque says:

    These colors are amazing! Just beautiful!

  41. So pretty! I have always wanted to try Gesso!

  42. Katie B. says:

    Such a beautiful card! The background colors and leaf colors are so rich and go so well together. I love the background technique too. Awesome design. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  43. Linsey says:

    So fabulous! I must try this technique asap! I love your card! Gorgeous and inspiring, tfs! :)

  44. barbara macaskill says:

    Can’t wait to see who the lucky winner for this is! I know I would be walking on sunshine if it was me!!! So many awesome treats included in this amazing prize package!! Fingers crossed!

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