Saturday, February 11, 2017

Just Clownin' Around with Print & Paint...

Hi Sin City Stamp Fans!!!

Today I am sharing a few different printed and decorated items!! When I have my Gelli Plate out I like to do "extra" prints to save for later and to also make it worthwhile getting all the paint out and making a mess LOL!! So you will see some printed envelopes, tags and cards - hope you enjoy the process!

Supplies List:
  • Sin City Stamps (of course!): Steampunk Circus Stamp Set 
  • Ink Pads
  • Embossing ink, embossing powder plus a heat gun
  • Color pencils
  • Gelli Plate
  • Paint - use your favorite colors!!
  • Roller (brayer)
  • Tags, envelopes, index cards, really anything you want to print on and create with!
  • Mark making bits & bobs ie. old credit card, old lids, bubble wrap etc.
  • Embellishments like fibers, muslin, feathers etc.
  • And of course scissors, glue, tape etc.

Her we go with the process - and remember no right or wrong and I am certainly not an expert with my Gelli Plate - I have lots to learn and today I have just used a really simple technique and added to the "pattern" afterwards!!

1. Gather up a few supplies - but as you will notice with me I always "add" as I am going because I remember something else in my "stash" that would work with what I am doing! I bet that happens to everyone!

2. Printing! This is really simple - just put some "blobs" of your fave color combo on your plate and spread it with your roller to cover the whole area. Love how this looks when it's all "smooshed" out!

3. Add your items to the plate - below I have a row of tags plus an envelope. I love to use my roller to help pick up the paint because it cleans off the roller and also decorates the back of my items!! You can add a sticky note to the front of the envelope to leave a gap for addressing if you wish! Now if you are a waste not want not gal and want to get the most from your paint grab another two envelopes, or whatever you have at hand and pick up the excess left on the plate - you still get a great print to work with!

4. Next step - once everything is dry of course is to add some images and other "marks" to the items you have printed. Picture below shows images stamped direct to each item.

You can play around with arranging the stamps to see how they will look/fit when stamped. In the pictures below both black archival ink has been direct printed to the pieces and also embossing ink and white embossing powder to decorate. The little stamps in the set are great for using to make borders and fill gaps!

For these items use an old credit card and small round lids with black paint to decorate the pieces and add more dimension along with a scrap of bubble wrap and white paint.

5. To also "decorate" some of the items with colored stamped images stamp on white card in black archival ink, color with pencils or any color medium, cut out and use as desired!!

6. Images have been added with the embellishments to the items. Lots of wording/quote stamps in this set so you can cut out the "wording" stamps and edge them with some color or with a black sharpie.

Don't you love the colors on the tag? The bird stamp was colored to match, then the coordinating feathers added along with some fiber to each tag top and the stamped wording to finish off! I love the white stamped border at the bottom. 

Below is an index card printed in yellow and reds with the cute kids stamp and "Clownin' Around" wording along with a piece of scrap muslin cloth.

The envelopes are perfect as they are although on the bottom envelope you can stamp some gears/cogs with pink and purple ink just to add a bit more pattern. I love these envelopes!

I think the clown below is my fave image from the stamp set - a bit of fun!! Add some cloth, cotton wound around your fingers and the "clown" word stamp from the set.

Hope you have enjoyed this process! I still have some printed items that I will be able to grab when I am in need of a quick background or base card for creating at short notice! I think that is the beauty of the Gelli Plate - nice and quick and you can get quite a production line going!

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