Monday, 10 September 2018

May the Forest Be With You - SugarPea Designs Super Guest Designer #10

I love lots of things about card making; colouring, patterned paper and a punny sentiment. This card has it all. This set, Easily A'Moose'd, was on my wish list for a long time, and I got the Happy Camper paper pad to go with it.

Hubby and I are both big Star Wars fans (read the books and watch the cartoons type of serious fan!), so with our wedding anniversary coming up, this was perfect.

The paper pad has fabulous patterned paper in it and the night sky was perfect, but I didn't just want the whole background to be sky, so I struck upon the idea of using the camp scene, and cutting out the white checked inner to use the outside as a frame. I used a craft knife and a steel ruler (stolen from my husband's model railway hobby!) and then a very steady hand for the intricate little bits.

After attaching the night sky to my card blank, I attached some thin foam strips to the back of the camp scene frame and with my best effort managed to attach it to the card blank straight.

I attached some foam pads to the back of the little moose which I'd coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut. I also coloured and fussy cut the marshmallow on the stick and attached it with some glue to the moose's hand - I think of it like a light saber..... As the paper is slightly shiny, I stamped the sentiment with some Stazon ink.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, and May the Forest Be With You To!

Monday, 27 August 2018

Delight in the Little Things - SugarPea Guest Designer #9

It's been a while since I had my Inktense pencils out. I bought three to try them out when I first started crafting and I then had to have the full set. They may be the colouring medium that lasts the longest as you really don't need a lot to colour with and I haven't sharpened any yet.

On some Winsor & Newton watercolour card, I stamped the BoHo Feathers in VersaFine inks - Smokey Grey and Onyx Black. The ones in black were the ones I wanted to colour so they would pop more.

I took two blue-greens and two yellows and with hardly any water, I happily coloured in my feathers. I have a video showing Inktense colouring from a couple of years ago to show how I do it. It is very simple blending.

I love the brightness of the colours and that they are permanent so don't reactivate if you get them wet again with another layer of colour.

I then heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of black cardstock and then adhered it to the front with my tape runner. I cut the panel down to size and then adhered it to an aquamarine card base.

Thank you so much for popping by. I love these feathers!

Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 24 August 2018

SugarPea Designs August Release - Day 5 - It's Here!

Today is the day!!! I have one last card to share with you to whet your appetite for the release coming at 6pm, EST over on the SugarPea Designs website. Don't forget to visit the SugarPea Designs blog every day and comment for a chance to win a daily prize!

Today showcases the Eucalyptus Wreath set and the Grateful Word die. This word die is a beautiful script. This is a technique I've used before and have a video showing how to do it. It's really simple ink swiping.

I took a white card blank, masked off a rectangle in the middle, picked my rainbow distress inks and swiped away. I removed the masking tape and placed the card in my stamping press and stamped the leaves in VersaFine Onyx Black.

I then die cut the sentiment three times in white cardstock and glued them together to make it pop.

What has been your favourite set this release? I've really enjoyed having a play with them all.Thank you so much for popping by today :)

Thursday, 23 August 2018

SugarPea Designs August Release - Day 4

Day 4 of the sneak peeks, so the release is almost here! Today's card is super CAS using the Birthday Balloons. I love the stamps as they leave pretty patterns and it gives the balloon great dimension.

This was so simple. Stamp the images in different colours, die cut the images, pop them up with some foam pads, add a sentiment at the bottom, draw lines (there is a stamp, but I wanted mine to be wobbly!) and add a free hand border. Almost one layer!

The release will be available on Friday 24th at 6pm, EST time from the SugarPea Designs website. Don't forget to visit the SugarPea Designs blog every day and comment for a chance to win a daily prize!

Tomorrow is the big day of the release and I'll be back with another card for the final sneak peek!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

SugarPea Designs August Release - Day 3

Hallowe'en is approaching and I know some of you will be getting well into making cards for that. Here in the UK, we tend not to send out cards specifically relating to this festival, so I've used these Darling Dragons for a quick card just to say Hello.

I've cut a piece of watercolour card with the SugarCut Birthday Journal Card Die and stamped the image and sentiment in VersaFine Onyx black as you can watercolour with this ink. Isn't that bat the cutest?? I think he might be my favourite stamp in this set!!!

I then watercoloured to my heart's content with a Daniel Smith dot sheet, some Winsor & Newton Cotman half pans, and Gansai Tambi Pearl and Gold. I just love mixing and matching!

I then found a bright piece of patterned paper from the Life Is A Carnival Pad and attached it to the back of a white card blank - they fit perfectly on a US A2 sized card - before attached the watercolour panel on the front with foam to pop it up.

The release will be available on Friday 24th at 6pm, EST time from the SugarPea Designs website. Don't forget to visit the SugarPea Designs blog every day and comment for a chance to win a daily prize!

Thank you so much for popping by and come back tomorrow for some more sneak peeks :)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

SugarPea Designs August Release - Day 2

Welcome back for more of the September release. Today we are showcasing the Seeing Stars stamp set and the Stacking Stars die. I've gone very clean and simple today and also done something I haven't done before - used alcohol inks!

The only alcohol inks I own are Copic refills. I have about 8, most of which are brown, but a few are light blue. I also don't own any Yupo, but I discovered through watching various videos that you can use acetate and so I did a bit of experimenting dropping inks and blowing it around with a straw. It's unpredictable and ended up quite sticky, so I found some glitter flakes someone gave me ages ago and rubbed it on in the stickiest places and got some nice results.

Once dry, I attached the finished piece onto a white card blank (US A2) with some adhesive tape at the edges. Then taking the Stacking Stars die, I ran it through my die cutting machine on a piece of white card stock cut to fit the front of my card base. I didn't split the dies, so it gave a very uniform gap between the stars.

The sentiment is from the Seeing Stars set and I simply stamped it with some VersaFine Onyx Black. I then attached loads of 3M foam tape to the back of the star panel and attached it to the alcohol ink panel.

I love the result I got from the ink and I will definitely try again as I get more refills for my Copics. It didn't use up a lot and means I have to invest less in more new products. My friend Ale Suta has a great video using her alcohol markers on some glossy cardstock that is worth a watch.

The release will be available on Friday 24th at 6pm, EST time from the SugarPea Designs website. Don't forget to visit the SugarPea Designs blog every day and comment for a chance to win a daily prize!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, do come back tomorrow for more inspiration :)

Monday, 20 August 2018

SugarPea Designs August Release - Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the September release at SugarPea Designs! Today we are showcasing the To Infinity & Beyond stamp set and the cute sweet incentive, Over the Moon. I decided to make the latter the main focus of my card as that sun hugging the moon is so adorable.

I Copic coloured the main images, and all the planets from the To Infinity set and die cut them out.I wanted a dark background, with a space feel, so I took a scrap piece of blue cardstock I found in my stash and added some splatter with white gouache and several Spectrum Sparkle pens. I heat set it to save a bit of time and adhered it to an A2 (US) sized card.

I wanted the planets revolving around the sun, and off the edge of the card in places, so I cut some strips of acetate, attached the planets to one end and then the other end to the back of the sun. I then attached the sun to the middle of the card. 

The sentiment was stamped on some acetate with black Stazon and then attached with some vellum adhesive, as it is clear. I felt it needed a little sparkle from some tiny little stars.

The release will be available on Friday 24th at 6pm, EST time from the SugarPea Designs website.Don't forget to visit the SugarPea Designs blog every day and comment for a chance to win a daily prize! Come back tomorrow for more release fun! Thank you so much for visiting me today :)

Friday, 17 August 2018

My First Box Card

If you've been following my recent exploits on Instagram you'll have seen me advertising that I was going to make a box card. Well. I did! I've never made one before, feeling that they were quite a lot of work and I'd need at least a week to make one. 

Well, turns out they aren't too bad after all. I watched Ale Suta's video and had a read of this tutorial from Papermill Direct. Once you've worked out the basic principals of the box card, it's not too difficult to put it all together.

I finally got round to colouring in all these images from the Go Wild Again set from Clearly Besotted. I used my Copic markers and then fussy cut them out. A poll on Instagram suggests many of you don't like fussy cutting, but I LOVE it, so I even cut out the little frogs.

I made up my box card with some Stampin' Up papers I hadn't got round to using yet, and attached all the images with thin strips of acetate. The box card then folds down to a nice square size and then will pop up again quite happily.

They really look very effective, and although they take a bit of time to put together, the results are worth it. Definitely one to do again.

Thanks for popping by!

Friday, 10 August 2018

You make me happy

I bought this adorable piggy set from Stampin' Up at the time of the new catalogue release in June. It's not a brand new one, but I kept thinking about it since I saw it in the last catalogue, and decided it had to be added to my collection. I've used it a couple of times and it's great for colouring and also for just plain stamping. They are just hilarious!

I stamped it onto some Copic friendly cardstock with some light ink - I use Desert Sand - and decided I had to try no line colouring again. I find this incredibly difficult as I have still to grasp the concept of light source and shading, but unless I practice I will never get it!

I have done my best with getting the shading and the particular pink correct, and I'm actually relatively pleased with it for once.

After colouring, I stamped over the sentiment (it's attached to the image) with Tuxedo Black - this is where a stamping press works really well as you can leave it on and then stamp again and know it will be in the right place.

I then cut it down and mounted it off set onto a card blank with some Lawn Fawn Let's Polka paper on it - one of my favourite paper pads ever!

Thank you all of you who visit and leave comments, it is appreciated more than you will know. You make me happy :)

Monday, 6 August 2018

Ducky - SugarPea Super Guest Designer #3

I've been thoroughly enjoying going through some of my older sets and some time ago I stamped a whole load of these little ducks out and coloured them in with my Copics while at a crafty weekend with some friends. Do you do that? A whole load of colouring then you leave them and wonder what to do with them? Well I used two on this card! I love that this set is called Quackers, so I made them a little crazy.

I also used some patterned paper from SugarPea Designs. I LOVE their patterned paper. I love that it is really nice and thick paper and that it's cut to fit a US A2 card, which is the size of card I generally make, so I don't have any waste. This is from the Whatever The Weather collection. 

I attached the piece of patterned paper to the front of my card and realised instantly that I shouldn't have done that without putting in the pink split pin first..... so after putting in the split pin, I then attached it to another card front. It's got extra support now!

I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of card and gently glued the ducks on either end. I poked a hole in the sentiment piece and attached a piece of baker's twine to it and then round the split pin. They hung around for quite a while like that as I coloured in and fussy cut out the lilypad and bullrushes. I glued them in the corner and then with some foam pads, I secured the ducks at a jaunty angle. Quackers, right?

Thank you so much for joining me again today. Happy Crafting :)

Monday, 23 July 2018

Hanging About - Sugar Pea Super Guest Designer #2

I am terrible at sending birthday cards, so I tend to focus on cards I can send out at any time of the year. The Chunky Monkey set is very versatile with different cute images and perfect for birthdays and all year round cards.

Do you know the story of Day Monkey, Night Monkey by Julia Donaldson? My youngest has it and it was her favourite book for ages. She had two little monkeys that she took to bed every night for weeks, so as soon as I saw these monkeys I had to colour them the same. It's such a sweet story for bedtime reading.

I stamped them on Copic friendly cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them in with my Copics, one light, one dark. I then fussy cut them out, cutting between the two tails so I could cut all the white away.

I stamped the branch onto another piece of Copic cardstock and coloured with my Copic markers. I then cut around the branch, and you could partially die cut the circle with your Zig Zag Stitched Circles as it will just leave the aperture and not the stitching.

I took an A2 (US) white card blank and marked lightly on it where the aperture would be and masked a rectangle around it. I then inked the area in distress inks to make a sunset scene.

I die cut the branch panel out with the scalloped die from the SugarCut - Birthday Journal Card and stamped the sentiment from the Chunky Monkey set at the bottom. 

All I then needed to do was assemble it. I used foam tape to place the branch panel on top of the card blank and very gently glued the monkey tails over the branch and applied a little glue behind the dark brown monkey for security.

Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy Crafting :) 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Home - Sugar Pea Super Guest Designer Post #1 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm absolutely thrilled to be Guest Designing for Sugar Pea Designs over the next three months. I've been a fan of theirs since I started crafting and the first thing I bought was the Home Sweet Home SugarCut and so I thought it would be nice to start my term by showcasing this. I have used it quite a number of times, making it one of my most used dies. 

I have a video to accompany this post, which you can watch here, or over on my You Tube channel.

I took an A5 (UK sized) piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and cut it in half and started inking up a galaxy background with some bright distress inks. In between the bright splotches I added some Black Soot. This highlights the bright spots and makes it into the galaxy. I need some more practice using the Bristol Smooth I think, as it is so smooth I felt it didn't blend as well as I'd like.

I then took some white gouache and mixed some up with water to make splatter and added it on top of the panel, along with some Clear Sparkle Pen.

Then I took some white card stock and die cut out the SugarCut Home Sweet Home and the SugarCut Homescape. I was very careful to remember to keep hold of the little windows and the heart and the piece between the M and E! I then stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Sentiments - Home set.

I cut all the pieces down to fit an A2 (US) card base and adhered the galaxy background. I then popped up the die cut pieces with some foam tape, adding in the little die cut out pieces with some multi medium matte.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back again soon with more SugarPea inspiration. Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Love Nature

Do you ever wonder why you spend so much on craft supplies, especially colouring media, when you can use your children's pens and get really great results?

A while ago to entertain the kiddies one day after school we got out their blow pens and I decided to join them with my own stencils and I used this gorgeous one from Simon Says Stamp that I got some time ago and just haven't used to its full potential. 

While they were occupied using pink, purple and orange on balloons, I pinched three colours, two green and a yellow, and with just a basic white card blank I used my stencil and blew gently to create the pattern. You do have to blow fairly gently and steadily, something the children still have to work on.

With my Lawn Fawn Love die and some scrap green card I had, I die cut three and layered them up to get some dimension. I added the 'nature' from my SSS One With Nature set with some VersaFine Onyx Black before placing the 'Love' above.

Simple and yet so effective. It won't put me off buying Copics, but I may play with more of my kids supplies too! I would recommend washing your Blow Pens out after use - especially if you've had other children using them too. They do store quite a lot of moisture!

Happy Crafting Everyone :)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Birthday Guinea Pigs - with exciting news!

It was my sister's birthday recently and I couldn't resist reminding her of one of our little pets from when we were growing up. We had two guinea pigs, one called Gnipper (after Dennis the Menace's dog), who lived for 6 years and then Pip who sadly only lived for 2. We loved those little piggies. Both Abyssinians, but Gnipper was the ginger, white and brown one with the tufty hair and the one I based my card on.

I took a piece of Copic friendly card stock and stamped a couple of images onto it and happily coloured away to try to get brown, 'white' and ginger. I then fussy cut one out.

On an A2 (US) white card blank I masked a rectangle in the centre of and got my mini cloud stencil from MFT and inked up rainbow clouds. I then die cut some grass for little Gnipper to stand behind and attached it to the bottom of the inked panel before deciding I needed a frame, so I die cut one from my MFT rectangle frames and attached it around the inked centre with some foam tape. All that was left to do was attach my furry friend in the middle with some foam pads.

So now you've got this far, I have some exciting news for you. I was asked some time ago to Guest Design for Sugar Pea Designs for 3 months from July - September. I know! Can you believe it? Little old me getting to play with some of my favourite stamps - what's not to like? Look out for my first post coming up soon. You can read more about it on the Sugar Pea Designs blog where you'll see this crazy picture....

Happy Crafting :)

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Swim By Anytime

Hello! I'm getting in a very quick post as a last minute attempt to get a card in for the current Copic UK Facebook Group challenge. As usual it's anything goes, but with additional challenge of paper piecing with some Copic colouring on top. Now you know I love paper piecing, and finally I got round to it - only 4 hours to go!

I finally used this adorable diver set from Clearly Besotted called Under the Sea which I hadn't used before - yay for NBUS! - and stamped it onto different pieces of scrap cardstock. I think it's all Lawn Fawn. I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black as I knew I was using my Copics on it later. I stamped his head and hands onto Copic card stock and coloured his head and hands with Copics.

I fussy cut, and I fussy cut, and I fussy cut some more! I then happened across a blue card blank I'd cut ages ago but decided wasn't right for the card. Well, it was perfect for this one. I stamped the diver onto it and with some acrylic glue, stuck all the pieces on top. I added the jelly fish, seaweed and fish around him. I then added a bit of added colour with my Copics, but you really can't see the different in the pictures I'm afraid. I was quite cautious, except with the choice of orange for the fish and jelly fish!!

I then took a wave stencil (mine is from Create a Smile) and with a piece of cut n dry foam, dabbed on some white pigment ink to give some added texture.

The sentiment is also from the set and just stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black onto some white card stock.

I'm linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #51 which is Anything Goes and also Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #329 which I haven't played in for a while and is perfect for this card.

Thank you all for visiting today and Happy Crafting :) 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Bright Butterflies

I'm back with my third and final card to celebrate the launch of new stencils from Uniko. As you'll have noticed from previous posts, I've been really enjoying stencils lately and all that you can do with them. For my final card using the Bright Butterflies stencil I've kept it simple and one layer but managed to get a little bit of texture into it by embossing it.

You have to play around with the layers and the embossing mat, and you may need a shim - I just use an extra piece of scrap paper - to add a bit of extra pressure, but the embossed layer just lifts it that little bit.

I started with an A2 (US) card blank and I embossed on one side of it. Once embossed I kept the stencil on top and using my ink dusters, blended some distress inks over the butterflies and flowers. I used lighter pastel shades like Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Wilted Violet.

Using my stamp platform, I used the sentiment from a Uniko Thank You set I got as a free gift in a previous order. I stamped each element individually using VersaFine Onyx Black, so I could get them as close as I could to each other.

Thank you so much to Uniko for having me and for their wonderful supplies. They are all available to purchase now in the shop.

I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration. Do pop by again soon! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Scattered Polka Hexagons

I'm back today to share my next card for the mini stencil release from Uniko. This one is the Scattered Polka Hexagons and I thought it would go perfectly with my last purchase from them, the Bee Happy set. I've been itching to ink this up and they go very well together.

It's been an age since I made a spinner and the sizes of the stamps just worked out perfectly. I started by inking a piece of yellow card stock using the stencil with some Wild Honey distress ink to get a tone on tone look.

I kept the middle of the card free from ink and using some Versa Mark ink stamped the heart from the stamp set. I then heat embossed with WOW! Gold glitter. I cut out my spinner element from the panel and before I realised it, I crumpled up and threw the cut out piece in the bin! Normally I keep it to place in the space so it looks more uniform and you don't get the white, but it worked out fine without it.

I then stamped the bee on some white card, fussy cut it and started assembling the pieces. I use my giant roll of 3M tape for the backing as I can cut it to size easily. I also use the MFT spin and slide discs which are light and small enough for tiny stamps like this. I glue one onto a circle of white cardstock with multi medium matte as it's strong and dries quickly. I then place it into the aperture and glue the stamp on top. It flows really well around. I have a video on spinner cards over on my You Tube channel.

I stamped the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versa Mark ink and again embossed with the WOW! gold glitter powder. I added some vellum to the back so it wouldn't look so stark against the yellow.

The stencils are available now in the Uniko shop. Have any caught your eye? Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge

No I haven't gone back to my old days of being on the DT, although I have to say I miss the camaraderie we had, no, I decided after seeing all the great posts from the team and the object of using any previous challenge I couldn't refuse to join in.

This one is for Challenge 17 - CAS. I love CAS and it's a great opportunity to focus on the flower itself. With this one, it's all about the colouring and I even braved some no line as well.

I stamped the Make a Wish image from Clearly Besotted onto some Strathmore Coloured Pencil paper with some yellow memento dye ink. I then got to colouring slowly and with very light layers using my Faber Castell Polychromos, trying my very best to give it some light source. I really struggle with this technique.

I went back in to give it some added depth with some black pencils in all the nooks and crannies as Kathy would say.

I haven't done much in the way of colouring for this current 30 Day Colouring Challenge, so it was nice to sit down and spend some time with me and my colouring medium.

I'm linking this up to the challenge at The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and also the Flower Challenge #21 Use a Previous Challenge.

Thanks so much for popping by and happy crafting! :) 

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Mehndi Mandala - Blog Hop + VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm absolutely thrilled to have been asked to Guest Design for Uniko, a lovely UK based company who makes fabulous stamps and stencils. I have quite a few of their stencils already, so to be asked to use more of them, of course it was an instant yes!

This is part of the blog hop to celebrate the release. You can start over at the Uniko blog, and I'll let you know who to hop onto next at the end of my post. This is the first of three cards made using three stencils. I have a video to go with this one showing you how I made 4 cards in 45 minutes using just one stencil.

You can watch the video here or over on my YT channel :)

I took a piece of A4 white card stock and cut it down to 11 inches as I always make my cards 5.5x4.25 (US A2 sized). I then marked out the middle point so I would know where to place the middle of my stencil.

I placed my stencil in the middle and started blending with very gentle ink blending in Spun Sugar. It's quite light, so I built up the layers gradually. I then put the stencil on top and added Picked Raspberry for some contrast. 

I removed the stencil and then cut the panels to size to fit my card blanks. I picked two different pink colours to fit with the pink on the stencil and background. I then attached them with foam tape on top. I'd like to give credit to my friend Lisa Tilson of My Card Trip whose card I saw using the slightly off set mounting of the panel. It gave me the main idea for this set. I thought a few sequins in pink and clear would be a nice addition.

This is such a gorgeous stencil, and I hope this inspires you to try some stencilling. The new release is available now over on the Uniko website and you can carry on in the hop by visiting Beverly Brown, Uniko's esteemed creator.

I'll be back tomorrow with more. Happy Crafting!

Friday, 8 June 2018

How To - Stencils with Funky Fossils Designs Mermaids - VIDEO

Hello! So if you saw my April and May haul video, you'll have seen the gorgeous mermaid stencil that Sarah Gray from Funky Fossil Designs gave me to have a play around with. I decided when I had a couple of hours to spare (no kids in the house!!) I'd have a good old play with hers and some other stencils I had that hadn't seen much love in a while.

I ended up only using the mermaids in the end - once I started I couldn't stop! - and I filmed the process. You can watch this below or over on my YouTube channel. My camera decided to have a bit of a wobbly at points and I lost some of the footage, but I hope you can still get the gist of them. 

I decided to try something different and not do a voice over for this video. My space in the basement is lovely, but I find the boiler and pipe work can be noisy at the worst times and finding a time to be able to do them is hard. I thought I'd edit it without this time. I'd love some feedback on how you find this. 

Here are the projects I finished. I used lots of different techniques from ink blending to texture paste and glitter - yes I used glitter even though I usually hate the stuff. I even used some of my new distress oxides. They really do blend nicely and I suspect I may be saving up for some more :)

1. Coloured texture paste and glitter. 

2. Distress ink and water bleaching

3. Distress ink and texture paste with glitter stencil on top

4. Distress Oxide and splatter

The detail is amazing on the stencil - the swimming mermaid's hair is spectacular - and you can buy this and others in Sarah's Folksy Shop.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. I really am in the mood for stencils right now, so expect to see some more of them! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Gelli prints on cards - #2

I managed to make another couple of cards from my gelli print session that I mentioned in my last post. I even used up some NBUS!

One of my favourite stamp sets of all time is the Simon Says Stamp One with Nature set and I finally bought the dies in a recent spend there. The main printing was done with the leaves stencil I also bought from SSS. This is such a lovely stencil. In the green card, you can just see the hint of it on the die cuts. I used two shades of green on this print - a sort of tone on tone gelli print.

My second card uses a print I made from all the leftover bits of paint on the gelli plate. I basically gave the plate a light coating of one colour and it lifted all the layers underneath that hadn't picked up in previous prints. Don't you think it really looks like bark? I absolutely love it!

I die cut the pieces then had trouble working out where to put them on the card, so I hit upon the idea, which I am sure I've seen somewhere else, of random stamping and then covering up some of the stamped images with the die cuts. I popped them up on foam tape then cut the pieces that were hanging off the edge of the card.

I hadn't left a lot of space for a sentiment, but the inking was a light grey, and as the sentiment is meant to be a bit wobbly, I thought it would look nice just stamped on top.

Almost a one layer card!! 

Hope you're all enjoying life and keeping on crafting as much as you can :) Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Gelli Prints on Cards #1

Hi Everyone! The weather has been glorious, but I'm a bit glad of the rain today as the garden was starting to get a little sad and wilted, despite my efforts at watering. Let's hope it clears soon for the Bank Holiday weekend!

I've been watching Kim Dellow and Teresa Morgan's gelli print videos lately and decided I wanted to get my plate and paints out again and have another play. There is nothing like playing to get you used to the medium. It helps you work out what works and what doesn't and you usually end up with something you can use for cards at the end. You can watch my first attempt at using the plate in My First Gelli Prints Video.

I decided to try some stencils with my gelli plate. One I bought and one that I made from a die. I've had this Spellbinders die since I first started crafting 3 years ago, using it on this card back at the very beginning of my blog. I hadn't used it in a while and considered selling, but there's something about it that made me keep it. I'm glad I did because it works really nicely on the gelli plate. I just die cut it out onto a couple of sheets of plain printer paper.

I printed this at the end of my session, and honestly I cannot quite remember how I did this! This is why it's important to film gelli plate sessions, if only so I can remember. I think the blue was already on the plate, I added yellow on top and then the red on top of the negative portion of the die.

However I did it, I LOVED the results. It reminded me of  hieroglyphs on an ancient Egyptian tomb - my eldest is currently obsessed with Egyptians!

Hope this inspires you to try out your gelli plate again - some of you have told me they have them or even made them. They can be a lot of fun! 

This has been sent off to the lovely Michelle over at The Card Grotto, who is a constant inspiration and an absolutely lovely friend. Wishing you a fabulous birthday!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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