Okay, I have to admit I'm having a ton of fun with these little pieces of artwork featuring digital stamps from Mixed Media Supplies.... if you haven't checked out the new additions this Spring... go take a peek! .
Details for creating this ATC is nearly the same as the process I'll be sharing with you soon on the Mixed Media Supplies blog (mark May 14th on your calendar!).
I'm really enjoying these and I used a resized stacked bracket frame from My ScrapChick for a few of these. I've also designed another frame for ease in shipping using a small padded envelope that will still protect the dimension of the vellum cuts and other embellishments on the piece.
I'm hooked! What's happening in your creative space today?
i remember making a gelli plate way back in the day -- and creating my own transfers and prints using the purple transfer pencil. Oh MY! That was more than 30+ years ago.... fast forward to today! I bit the dust and bought an 8.5 x 11 plate several months ago. Did a few test sheets and used them for a project or two a while back and then set it aside..
After watching a few more videos recently, I decided to take the plunge and take a couple of classes. I'm really liking the previews for one that begins on the 5th of March with Carolyn Dube (acolorfuljourney.com). She has a great YouTube channel too.
A couple of things I've learned so far.... either the air in my house is too dry or the paints I purchased for gel printing just don't have enough body to stay wet for more than one pull or a mixture of both OR I'm just too slow in applying the colors for a full page pull. So, hoping to figure out a good way to get things "rolling" in the right direction while not having to spend a ton more money on paints. I need to use what I have on hand.....
Here's a few of the pages I've created so far.
Nothing fancy just pulling the color off the plate for right now. I plan on adding some stenciled work here in the next few days.... but not before I get these scanned and prepped for some other uses. I've fallen in love with a couple of the pages and I definitely want them for some other uses in the future. You know, mono prints are just that. One time prints. No two are exactly the same. Here's to some more play time in the weeks to come!
Happy National Crafting Month! Learn something new this month! And be sure to #CRE8TIME this week to play and nurture your soul.
While going through some boxes and bags recently, I came across a stash of chipboard banner pieces and some wooden beads... they were begging to be used for this Halloween themed Mixed Media Supply DT post.
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You'll need: Chipboard banner pieces Background stamps (Mixed Media Supplies) cardstock - black and off-white (stash) Gelli plate butter cream, whipped cream paint (FSJ) brayer ink (pumpkin bread [FSJ]) silver embellishments (FSJ) 18 mm wooden beads (stash) black ribbon (1/4 " wide - stash) electronic die cutting machine, software blender tool, blender pads embossing folder, embossing machine (optional) Crop-o-dile
Cut the letters and ovals using the electronic machine. (dies and punches could be used or purchased chip letters and oval cuts)
Using the fence background stamp, stamp the ovals using the pumpkin bread ink... ink the edges using the blender tool. If desired, dry emboss with any desired folder.
Grab the Gelli plate and paint. add a couple of dots of each color and blend lightly using a brayer. Stamp the Gelli plate, remove the stamp* and press a banner piece face down into the plate and pull the print. Repeat as desired for each of your banner pieces, adding additional paint and stamping with different stamps as I have done.
TIP: *clean your stamps promptly. I keep a small bucket with about an inch of water in it and place the stamps in there to keep the ink or paint moist until I can properly clean the stamps when I've finished stamping.
Now place the ovals and lettering on the banners as desired. BUT.... Don't secure in place yet!
Using the crop-o-dile, punch 2 holes about 1/4" from the top and side of the banner piece. Wrap a piece of black ribbon around the banner. Adhere two silver embellishments on either end of the oval. Secure the ovals using pop dots centered over the black ribbon and then secure the letter, centered over the oval. I used a pop up for a little more dimension.
Leaving a 6 inch or more length at one end of the ribbon, tie a knot and thread 3 beads, tie a knot and add a banner piece, tying a knot at each hole on the banner piece to keep the banner from sliding along the ribbon, add 3 beads and repeat until all the banner pieces have been used. Tie a knot, add 3 beads, tie a knot and cut leaving a length of ribbon similar in length to the ribbon at the other end of your banner.
This banner has attracted a lot of attention as we begin our Halloween holiday decorating. Hope this project inspires you in your decorating ideas. Get creative, play -- and check out more creative fun this week on the Mixed Media blog! Thanks for stopping by!
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If you need to prep your canvas, apply a thin coat of gesso. Let dry.
Ink up your Gelli plate with desired colors, using the brayer, blend the colors as desired. Press the canvas into ink and pull. While you still have the ink on the gelli press, place the clock stencil on the gelli press and pull another print. Move the stencil to another part of the press and pull another print, repeat as desired - you can re- ink if you need to. Clean off the stencil -- make sure it is thoroughly dry before storing.
Place the stencil as desired on the canvas and using the modeling paste, apply a thin layer. Pull the stencil and repeat. I had a little extra paste left on my knife, so I just swashed it across the canvas in a couple of places. Using the background stamp, impress lightly into the wet texture paste in the upper left hand corner. Be sure to clean your stencil and stamp before the paste dries. Allow your canvas to dry.
If needed, lightly sand the now dry modeling paste areas. Ink lightly around the edges of the canvas and add a swipe or two across the canvas.
Glue the laser cut words on the front of the canvas as desired. Mount and frame or use as a cover for a mini album.
Thanks for joining us today as the Mixed Media Design Team continues to share some fun projects this month. You won't want to miss a single post. Be sure to visit the Mixed Media blog throughout the month! Enjoy your own personal crafting and nurturing time!
I wanted to do a little playing the other day and see if I could interest Mom in making some mono prints using the Gelli Plate. Umm, that didn't work, but I did have some fun making some prints using ink pads, a brayer and a well.... it just sort of happened from there.
To view a quick overview of the process, click here.
Step by Step
1. Cut white card stock (2 pieces 4 x 5.25 inches from an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of white cardstock). The remaining piece will be your card base.
2. Prepare your gelli plate adding color as desired. As always, click the image for a larger view.
3. Secure the stencil to one of the 4 x 5.25 pieces of cardstock. Place the stencil and cardstock face down on the gelli plate and rub the back of your cardstock to transfer the color to the cardstock. Lift the cardstock and set aside. Place the second piece of cardstock on the gelli plate and pull a second impression.
4. using the second impression, cut the leaves. I cut six leaves using three different dies. Emboss and edge lightly with some dark brown ink.
5. Using a fine brush or toothpick, draw a fine line of glue along one side of two of the leaves. Add a little bit of Mica Powder to the glue and set aside to dry. You could also mix a little mica into the glue and brush into place if desired.
6. With the card front, add a strip of gesso about 1 1/4 inches wide near the right front of the stock, leaving about 3/8 of an inch border. When dry, mask the rest of the card front. Using the background stamp, stamp the gessoed area.
7. Using some light brown ink, ink the edges of the card base.
8. Apply the card front and add the leaves as desired over the gessoed area, allowing some of the stamping to show through.
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of mixed media play! Take a leap and do a little yourself. It's really lots of fun!