Thursday, January 18, 2018

Morbid Curiosity

Hi Fans!!
Can you believe it is 2018????
I'm really looking forward to the coming months and enjoying stamping
 and creating with my Blank Page Muse rubber!!
Today I am sharing a gelli plate printed altered index card using the colours of our challenge theme for this month "Turquoise & Silver" - great colour combo to create with!!
  • Sin City Stamp Set: "Oddly Appealing" by Cathy Frailey
  • Gelli Plate
  • Acrylic paints in turquoise & silver
  • Stencils
  • Ruled Index cards 6 x 4" (or any size cards you wish to use, cut your own or even a journal page)
  • Silver metallic card scraps
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Glue
  • Tools: brayer, scissors
  • Embellishments: corner charms, braid/mesh, muslin/cheesecloth scrap, cotton, gems
Start by gathering all of your goodies for printing your background card. It's always great to get lots of extras printed when you have your gelli plate out - good to have some ready made backgrounds in your stash!!

Put some "blobs" of paint on your plate and spread out with your brayer.

Layer a stencil over the top and smooth an index card over the top. Index cards have a great absorbent texture which I think is one of the reasons I like using them so much for gelli printing!!

Use another index card to pick up the paint left once you have removed the stencil. Hint: your stencil has paint on it to - I always have a large blank page open in my journal and use that to remove excess from the stencil - another great way to slowly build up another background for future use!!

Continue adding paint and stencil and more layers to your cards. Everyone has their own favourite way to gelli print so just have fun and colour your background card!

Envelopes are great for mopping up paint and also cleaning excess from your brayer. You can decorate the envelopes with stamps and have some great mail art to send your trade creations in!!

Some "extras" (cards and envelopes) made for future use!!

While all your printing is drying gather your stamping supplies and embellishments ready to decorate the card.

Stamp your images from the "Oddly Appealing" set onto the silver metallic card with Black Archival Ink and cut out.

Edge your index card with Black Archival Ink to create a border.

Layout out your embellishments and when you are happy with how they are arranged you can adhere them to the card with glue. The picture below shows the embellishments used for the layout of this card: silver corner charms, strip of braid/mesh, ink sprayed muslin cloth, cotton & sticky gems.

And your card is finished!

I love using the ruled cards - I like the lines showing through for added interest and texture - I just love the effect!
You might ask what can you do with your completed project?
Here are some hints on using your printed and embellished cards:
Add a postcard back and send to a fellow crafter!!
Use as a card front by adhering it to a folded card!
Incorporate onto a journal page as a focal point!
You can cut down your printed card to 2.5 x 3.5" size before embellishing and use as an ATC base for creating and trading!
Thanks for joining me and I hope you have enjoyed the process!
We hope to see you join our collage challenge this month using your Sin City Stamps and the gorgeous colours of "Silver & Turquoise"!!!
Happy stamping and remember to join us at our Facebook Group as well!

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