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Let’s Play and Make Colorful Word Pebbles

Video showing how to use a stencil to make word pebbles with Gelli printed® papers for the Let's Play link party

Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!What’s the theme for this month’s Let’s Play videos?  It’s all about giving neglected supplies some love.  I’ve bought things, enjoyed them, and then somehow they just end up in the bottom of a drawer for a very long time.

But before we get to the play…A great big congratulations to Clemencia who won January’s giveaway -a $50 Dick Blick gift certificate!  What’s February’s giveaway?  $50 to Amazon!  You can play along each and every week and get entered to win by sharing your play in the link party and/or leaving a comment! Now back to today’s play!

The glass floral marbles that I used to make these colorful word pebbles have been collecting dust for almost 10 years.  But not any longer!  I am pulling them out (and cleaning them up) for today’s play!

Video showing how to use a stencil to make word pebbles with Gelli printed® papers for the Let's Play link party

In the video, I’m sharing how I used tape to become my third hand, how easy it is to use Staz On reinkers for stenciling, and how to easily fix any stenciling Oopsies.

Watch How to make colorful word pebbles on YouTube.

Wonder how I created all those colorful Gelli Printed® papers I used with the marbles?  You can find out more about the Gelli Plate® here.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

Let's Play February all about showing neglected art supplies some love and weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, Feb 28th at 8am EST and will be announced the following Tuesday.

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Every comment and every share feeds the muse. Thank you for being part of this colorful journey!

  • beverly baxley February 1, 2016, 10:55 pm

    Enjoyed the idea for using the glass pebbles. Using the stazon on little sponge is
    something I’ll try.

  • Dianne February 2, 2016, 6:10 am

    What a great fun idea for the pebbles. They remind me of those conversation candies we had as children.

  • Ozge Basagac February 2, 2016, 6:35 am

    Carolyn, this is such a good idea! I would have never thought of this. I have two different sets of glass pebbles lying around, gathering dust. I am thinking, could i stamp words with acrylic paint? I don’t have access to those beautiful inks here. And maybe instead of using glue i could try mod podge as i have it on hand. It dries clear in the end. As always this looks like so much fun. I will definitely play with the idea 🙂 Thank you for sharing…

  • Chrissy February 2, 2016, 7:12 am

    What a great idea! I love how your pebbles turned out and now I want to make some of my own. Thank you for sharing.

    PS: I love how engaging you are in narrating your video.

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith February 2, 2016, 7:38 am

    That’s a brilliant idea! I might even have some of those pebbles lying around somewhere to try!

  • Carmen February 2, 2016, 7:44 am

    Awesome idea!! Hey you can even turn them into magnets.
    Thank you some much for sharing! Always enjoy your videos!

  • Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill February 2, 2016, 8:06 am

    Love these, Carolyn!

  • Tanya February 2, 2016, 10:32 am

    Cool idea! Will have to try this sometime. Thanks for the video 🙂

  • Susan Phillips February 2, 2016, 11:41 am

    Looks like LOTS of fun!

  • Linda Ford February 2, 2016, 1:09 pm

    What a great idea to use on these glass beads, I love it. Please can I go into your competition.

  • Christy Dickerson February 2, 2016, 1:18 pm

    Just finished watching the Gelli plate circles video! Can’wait to get down to studio to work with them this way! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Corrine February 2, 2016, 2:46 pm

    Really cute word marbles. I used a piece of something made 4 years ago to decorate my journal cover that was buried in my stash, get that counts. xox

  • Kathy Gledsdale February 2, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Wow what a great idea for a valentine card. Thank you x

  • Annie February 2, 2016, 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the idea! I think I’m going to use them in my polymer jewelry.

  • LynneP February 2, 2016, 4:00 pm

    Loved your use of the pebbles, ink and gelli papers. I have all these supplies languishing and am now motivated to find them and use them!
    Thanks for the fun video!

  • Jeri Gale February 2, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I love your attitude. Your joy is in the creation process not in perfection!

  • Nancy Sapp February 2, 2016, 5:19 pm

    I’d LOVE to win a $50 gift card for Amazon!! I NEED some art supplies so badly. And I adore those glass pebbles & the words U stenciled on them!! Super neat idea. My grandsons would LOVE those. I need to BUY some glass pebbles though.

  • Arianna Barbara February 3, 2016, 9:59 am

    Awesome idea!I loved your use of the pebbles. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Jill Holmes February 3, 2016, 1:49 pm

    Love the colorful word pebbles! What a fun project! Thanks, Carolyn!

  • barb macaskill February 3, 2016, 2:51 pm

    LOVE how easy it is to make the beautiful and colorful word pebbles! I have some of these in my stash and will be giving this a try! Thanks for the inspiration! I am also going to try to create something for the challenge!!

  • Lisa C February 3, 2016, 3:05 pm

    I am always inspired by you & all of your followers who post their creations! Thank you! I love this idea! I’m a big fan of words on rocks!

  • Kathy February 4, 2016, 12:11 am

    I love the glass pebbles idea and how the project turned out. Might also be a fun Valentine’s craft with kids.

  • Janis in ID February 5, 2016, 3:32 am

    I am brand-new here. I noticed someone from this site had visited my blog, so I came over to see what party was happening here. WOW!!! A party, indeed! I am thrilled to find a site dedicated to playing with our stuff because that is what I LOVE to do! I describe my style as playful and experimental……so you can see why I am delighted to discover this spot. Thank you for the fabulous YouTube about the Word Pebbles. Sooooo awesome! I have a project that I will link up soon!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  • Dee Spillane February 5, 2016, 9:58 am

    Oh I love this idea. I have tons of those glass things. I will try this. Now where awe they?

  • ellen February 6, 2016, 7:58 pm

    Love you…wish we lived closer.

  • kate February 7, 2016, 4:49 pm

    Love the words that are used on the pebbles

  • Rose McGuinn February 7, 2016, 7:47 pm

    I’m all out of clear pebbles, but I did find a few recycled soda pop bottle tops today. With some embossing powder and a few embellishments, I hope to make a few cute charms for gift wrap, etc. Thanks for getting me inspired!

  • karenladd February 8, 2016, 1:02 am

    Oooh, I actually have some of these clear glass pebbles somewhere in my stash…so I may be able to give this a try! A bloggy friend told me about this site, probably because she hopes it will inspire me to get over my fear of mixed media and motivate me to blow some dust off those unloved and unused craft goodies that haunt my dreams!

  • Laurie Haley February 8, 2016, 4:05 pm

    These are adorable!!!

  • Jay Welker February 10, 2016, 12:34 pm

    I especially like the tip about cutting down the makeup sponge. I use them all the time for inking and the “soak up factor” never occurred to me. Gave me a real “duh” moment. Love your videos, Thanks.

  • Sharon Field February 14, 2016, 5:46 pm

    Love this idea. I do not have any of these pebbles, but I have some little shapes by Tim Holtz that I have never used, Just may try using them to see what I can do with them! Thanks for the fun video!

  • Krista February 14, 2016, 8:21 pm

    I really love the word pebbles. Can you use archival ink to stamp or does it have to be Staz On?

    • Carolyn Dube February 14, 2016, 8:36 pm

      I say give Archival a try and see how it works for you Krista. It is a waterproof ink- which is critical if you don’t want the ink to smear when you add the glue.

  • D.Ann C February 21, 2016, 12:41 pm

    Ha! I have a bazillion of these to make fridge magnets, but they are soooo neglected. Love what you did with yours! Perhaps it’ll motivate me to get mine out and just DO it!

    • Lisa Conway February 22, 2016, 10:05 pm

      I love the word pebbles. I really enjoy your presentation style, I smiled all the way thru.

  • Anita February 27, 2016, 2:06 pm

    I love your pebbles. I would put a magnet on the back.