Friday, 21 April 2017

Distress Gelli print...

When I first pulled this Gelli print I didn't like it and was going to bin it. It was only when I was sorting through my many Gelli prints today I came across this one again and suddenly fell in love with it. I just had to create a card with it and share it with you. 

I love the grungey look and the gold pattern created with a floral embossed piece of card pressed into the paint. I used the fab Decoart Media metallic gold fluid acrylic, my personal fave gold paint.

Gelli 5a 
 I recently bought some laser cut chipboard and have used a decorative oval chipboard by Anenome to put behind my flower. I didn't ink or paint it as I actually love the rustic look against the distress background.

Gelli 5b 
 The fab sentiment is from a new stamp set called "Lynne's Affirmation-Set 2 and the flower is from Hobbycraft.

Gelli 5c

 I think the moral of the story for me is don't throw any Gelli prints away, not even the ones that I think have gone horribly wrong! In fact I am learning with mixed media not to throw anything away as it is a great way of recycling all sorts of things that may otherwise end up in the bin.

Thank you for stopping by, see you again soon x

Monday, 17 April 2017

My first mixed media canvas...

Well, I've been talking about it for a while now, and have been moving closer and closer, but I finally took the plunge and had a go at a little mixed media. I have started with a mini 8" x 8" canvas as I thought it wouldn't be too daunting. I'll be honest, even though it is a little canvas, it was daunting!

I have kept it simple, really just to and get used to products that are unfamiliar to me, in this case Gesso and texture paste. I have tried various brands of white Gesso, I like Prima ArtBasics white heavy gesso, but best of all I think is Pentart Gesso, which is also heavy bodied and the whitest Gesso of all that I have tried.

I have to say I love Gesso, although it is a primer, it is lovely brushed over pattered paper to add softness to a project and provide a base if further ink or paint is to be added. In this case I wanted the Gesso to add softness and highlights to the canvas so I only added ink some parts and painted Gesso in other areas to provide the white space that I so crave. 


Rather than using pre-printed papers, I used some of my own Gelli prints to cut up and use in my layout. Although some of the colour is lost you can still see the pattern through the Gesso and the lovely touches of gold. I added Ranger texture paste with my Prima flourish stencil. Again, with a dry brush I added some Gesso to highlight areas of the textured flourish.

I love the muted colours created by using distress ink in Victorian Velvet and Lindy's Cattail Copper Brown, and I added some shadow to the pieces of card to emphasise the shape of the layout. I think the colours give the whole canvas a vintage look.


               I've kept the finish simple, in the style of some of my recently completed cards, as I am more focusing on the background at present.


I know it isn't perfect, but then I don't think mixed media is supposed to be. I think what I mean is I know with practice I can improve but is is a start!

I have to say I loved creating this canvas and as much as I love clean and simple, for me I feel mixed media gives me more creative freedom. 

Anyway, I hope you like it and I will be back soon x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Wishes...

Well I've finally put down my Gelli plate for 5 minutes to do some marbling instead.
I don't think in all my years of posting on my blog I have created an Easter card but this idea had been burning away for some time so I decided to give it a go. I downloaded an egg shaped template from Pinterest ( I would give you the link but I still cannot access Pinterest, grr, it's been about 4-5 weeks now and although I can upload my pics I can't do anything else on Pinterest. I beginning to wonder now if I ever will).

However, I'm sure there are other free egg templates on the web. I simply used the template to cut an egg shaped aperture in a piece of acetate to use as a stencil. 

Easter 1a

I used shaving foam to create my marbled effect, adding Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry reinker and Fossilized Amber and then swirled with cocktail stick. I bought the value shaving foam from Tesco, it is cheap and works really well. I laid my stencil on top of the shaving foam and then placed my cardstock on top.

I only wanted to have a partial egg outline so I deliberately did not press too hard on the side where I wanted to add my sentiment.

The lovely Easter Wishes sentiment is by Penny Black (2006 3603E).

Easter 1

I then went onto try some other colours, this time more earthy tones for a completely different look.

Easter 1b

Then, without adding more ink, I just swirled the foam around for a completely different marbled effect.

Easter 1c

 Makes for some fantastic abstract art :)

Easter 1d

 Well, I hope you all have a fantastic Easter, thank you for stopping by, I'll be back soon x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Vintage backgrounds with the Gelli plate...

As much as I keep trying to move on from Gelli printing it just isn't happening. In fact I succumbed to investing in the 8 x 10 larger Gelli plate. That doesn't mean my smaller 6 x 6 is redundant. I think there are advantages to both.

Gelli 3a

Rather than using a stamp to create pattern this time I embossed some card with a flourish embossing folder and used that to press the pattern into the first layer of paint.

I found this slightly easier than using a stamp, and although I always immediately wash my stamp after using with acrylic paint, I always worry that I will end up ruining my stamps.

gelli 3b

One of the advantages of the larger plate is that if you fold your Gelli print in half, the card is printed on the front and back.

I like that :)

Gelli 3c

The beautiful little frames are from Ebay, and the tassells are from my stash that I have had for many years from Paper Pallette by Provo Craft. I bought loads of different colours and don't use them often enough.

Gelli 3e

I will try and move on to something else I promise lol. 

See you soon x

Friday, 7 April 2017

Using fluid acrylics with the Gelli plate...

I have been practising lots of techniques with the Gelli plate, and refining techniques I've already learned.
These latest creations are the latter-a refined version of my earlier attempts to stamp into the paint to add some pattern into my background designs. You can see my previous attempts here. 

Gelli printing 2b 
This time however, I used Decoart fluid acrylics, which have a transluscent quality and I think are absolutely beautiful and work much better when trying to press a stamped design into the paint. 

I brayered a thin layer of Quinacridone Magenta for my first layer on the Gelli plate, pressed the stamp into the paint and allowed it to dry. The fluid acrylics dry much quicker than standard acrylic paint.

 Gelli printing 2c

Once it had dried I brayered a thin layer of Decoart fluid Gold Metallic over the top and this time pulled my print quickly before the second layer dried. The fluid acrylics are so pigmented you don't need to apply much to get full coverage. 

The Decoart fluid gold acrylic paint is my absolute favourite gold paint, it has a very high metallic finish, just stunning.

Gelli printing 2d

As you can see I did not press my card right up to the edges of the Gelli plate as I like the part-printed look, just my personal preference.

Gelli printing 2a

 The next card was made with Phthalo Turquoise, equally as beautiful as the Magenta.

The sentiments for both cards are from the Donna Downey Unity "empowered words" stamp set.

Gelli printing 2h

I changed the colour of the Tim Holtz ornate plate frame by rubbing some Decoart Metallic lustre in Gold Rush so that it matched my background. The silver frame is by Delish, now unfortunately discontinued.

Gelli printing 2f

I have learned that by applying thinner layers of paint on the Gelli, not only does it dry quicker but  invariably I got more of a "ghost" print first time without me wasting loads of card, paper and paint on the first pull that has loads of heavy paint.

I will be adding these latest creations to my pinterest board, but I am still having huge problems accessing the website itself, I just wish they would get it sorted out!

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and I will be back soon x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Creating rust effect backgrounds...

I never thought I would attempt anything like these creations, but again my new Gelli plate is proving invaluable in creating all sorts of background effects that are completely new to me.

Iron oxide 1 
I brayered a thin layer of blue paint on my Gelli plate, stamped a flourish stamp into the paint and let it dry.  Although I did not get a true impression of the stamp it does add additional pattern and texture to the background which you can see in the close up photo below.

The blue gives this patina to the background...

Iron Oxide 2 

The rust effect paints are shown in the last photo. They are absolutely stunning. 

Once the pale blue paint had dried I added a small amount of all 3 Decoart Media paints over the top and pulled my first print. By allowing the first layer to dry I pulled the blue paint through with the other 3 rust effect paints.

I added some pale peach silk ribbon and a Tim Holtz Ornate Plate, with some little pale blue brads to co-ordinate with my background. The sentiment is by Stampin Up.

Iron oxide 3

As I pulled several backgrounds I decided to make another card using Sizzix Graphic 45 Hampton Arts stamp and die set called "clocks". The trouble is I love the backgrounds so much I am having trouble stamping onto them as I don't want to spoil them, but at least creating so many backgrounds means that I have some leftover that I can just look lovingly at lol.

Iron oxide 4

I heat embossed the little clock hands and secured them with a brad.

Iron oxide 5

And this is the close up of one of the first prints. You can just see some pattern from the stamping.

Iron oxide 7

And here is a photo of the cards with the 3 Media paints I used.

Iron oxide 6

Notice how I am letting go of my obsession with white space lol. Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon x

Thursday, 30 March 2017

More background designs with the Gelli plate....

Can you guess what I've been doing lol. I always have fun crafting, but the Gelli plate takes crafting fun to a whole new level and is very addictive!
 All of the following backgrounds were created with the Gelli printing plate, acrylic paints and a stamp by WOW called Brocade. It is a negative image stamp which has created the textured flourish effects in all my backgrounds.

Gelli 1c 
I must have created at least 30 prints in one session with the Gelli plate, but this particular backround has to be one of my favourites. The trouble is I'm not sure how I achieved the effect! I think I had stamped the image onto the first layer of paint, pulled a print and let the Gelli plate dry a little before I continued. When I put another layer of acrylic paint over the top, it "pulled" the first layer with it and created white textured flourishes where I had stamped the negative image. I have got to try again- although the Gelli is unpredictable I think you can steer it in the right direction if there is a particular look you are after.

Gelli 1b

After I created the background all I did was add a little silver Washi tape and my default metal frame to create my card.  I really didn't want to obscure the background.

Gelli 1d

The next background is a bit more subtle and I have stamped Stampendous Ornate border across the middle of the card in black ink for some contrast. And as I had my flower and Tattered Lace Ornamental Baroque die cut still on my craft worktop from my last post I simply used it again just to show how it looks as a completed card.

Gelli 1f

 I have put both creations in my new mini scrapbook journal :)

Gelli 1a

 The next background was created by only partially covering the Gelli plate with paint. It occurred to me that if I do want to leave some white space then don't cover the whole plate with paint!

 So instead of using a brayer I brushed on some paint with a paintbrush just around the edges of the plate and pressed my stamp into the paint. This way I got this fragmented background.

Gelli 1e

A couple more similar backgrounds using the same technique. With a li'l imagination I think they look a like cityscapes...

Gelli 1j

Another couple of backgrounds for my scrapbook/journal :)

 Gelli 1g

The next two backgrounds were second pull images or "ghost" images. In other words pull the first image and without reloading the Gelli plate, pull the second print to create a softer background.

Gelli 1i

I did however have some backgrounds that were heavier with paint so added some texture paste in white for contrast.

Gelli 1h

 I think it is fair to say I am absolutely hooked on Gelli plate printing! I hope you enjoy all the photos and I will be back soon x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Creating background designs with the Gelli Printing Plate...

I think by now you must all know how much I love creating background designs and have experimented with all sorts of techniques, so for me it was a no brainer investing in a Gelli Printing Plate.

I bought a 6" x 6" Gellie plate as this is the size I use most but I can see me investing in a larger size as I love, love, love the results you can get.

Gelli 3

If you have never heard of a Gelli plate or seen it being used there are lots of fab Youtube tutorials, but the one that probably inspired me the most is by Andy Skinner of Decoart which you can see here. I can only dream of becoming as good as this.

I have only been practising for about an hour with the Gelli plate but I have already picked up a few little techniques that appeal to me, although they may not be for everyone. I prefer a more subtle background so all over bright colours do not generally appeal. I layered orange and blue colours by "pulling" some of the paint off with paper before adding another colour, and then repeating. The first pull often has too much colour, it is the second pull, or "ghost" pull where I achieved the softer colouring. That's how I achieved this more subtle grungey background.

Gelli 1

And this is the background naked as it were, I just added some random stamping using a Bo Bunny text stamp called It Is Written stamp, but not too much as I just didn't want to cover up the background!

What I also love about this technique is that because I used acrylic paint and there is no need to add water, there is no card warpage, and card warpage is the bain of my life no matter how heavy the cardstock I use.

Gelli 4 

The flourish die is by Tattered Lace called Ornamental Baroque and the flower is Hobbycraft. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Chit Chat sticker.

Gelli 2

 I know that my Gelli plate is going to get used a lot and know that I haven't even scratched the surface of what it can do so I look forward to more experimenting.

I will pin my photos on Pinterest, but I think like a lot of people, I am having huge problems loading and viewing images, and despite reporting it I am getting nowhere. Fingers crossed they sort it out soon. See you soon x

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Using embossing powders on metal...

  Just a really quick post today to show you how I completely changed the look of a metal embellishment with embossing powder.

On the left is the original metal embellishment and on the right after I pressed it into a Versamark pad,  dipped it in embossing powder and heated it. I used this lovely two tone embossing powder and then added a tiny bit of Decoart Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush around the edge. 

A little bling gem finishes it off.

Metal embellishment 1 

I think it looks a litte more vintage and it was very quick and easy to do.

Hope you like, will be back soon x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mini scrapbook cover...

Hi everyone, hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

I recently bought a lovely little scrapbook from Hobbycraft for just £3.00. They come in white or Kraft and measure 8" x 8" and I have to say for such a reasonable price they are really good quality. 

I did not feel brave enough to stamp direct onto the front cover so I stamped and made my design onto a piece of white card and mounted it onto the front of the journal instead.

journal cover 2 

I've used a fantastic text stamp by Justrite to create my background, along with a script stamp from my stash. The bracket stamp is from the stamp set called Functuation by Technique Tuesday and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.

Journal cover 1 

And, yes, I've used another Prima flower!

journal cover 3

  I will use my scrapbook to keep lots of my art ideas, and probably use the same principle of designing onto cardstock first and then mounting them onto the pages inside.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I will be back soon x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Creating designer tissue paper...

This is a follow on from my last post in which I used paper napkins to create a card. As the napkin was 2 ply, with the top part being the floral design and the bottom part just plain white tissue I decided I would have a go at making my own designer tissue paper for decoupage with the plain white napkin. 

I used black Archival ink to randomly stamp a selection of stamps all over the tissue...


For the purposes of comparison I have created the card in a similar layout to previous posts using a large Prima flower which I have sprayed with Lindy's sprays and the same little metal frame. As before I used matte Mod Podge to adhere the napkin...


 I added some copper colour Lindy's Starburst ink sprays before adding the texture flourish as I wanted the texture paste to remain white.


I have such a lot of scrapbook style stamps that have rarely been used and are perfect for this type of project.

And my creations are getting ever inkier as I get a little braver! Hope you like, see you soon x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Creating cards with decoupaged napkins...

That's not a title of a blog post I thought I would ever have, but there are so many lovely napkin designs that I could not resist trying to use them in my crafting.

Decoupage napkin card 1

I used some floral napkins from Amazon and applied matte Mod Podge just to adhere the napkin to the card.
Unlike Gesso, Mod Podge dries fairly quickly which is great for me as I have absolutely no patience for waiting for stuff to dry. To help obscure the edges of the decoupage I randomly stamped a script and texture stamp over edges of the napkin area. This was my fave bit of the whole process. The stamping wasn't perfect but I still like the outcome.

The lovely die topper is by Penny Black called "Pop on a fold-royal swirl" from the Foiled Fox, one of the fab new products from the new Penny Black Bliss collection. The metal frame is just an old frame I have had for many years found buried in my stash.

Decoupage napkin card 2

I also sprayed some DIY shimmer spray which I made by mixing Sepia ink, Aged Mahogony Distress ink and Liquitex ink in Gold. It really is absolutely beautiful and I think as good as any shimmer spray you can buy.

Decoupage napkin card 3

Finally, here is a photo of my latest DIY inks. You can find my previous post about DIY shimmer sprays here. The lovely little glass bottles are from Amazon, and although they are small they work perfectly. They are just right for mixing up small amounts of DIY shimmer spray. I have made these with Sepia ink, gold Liquitex ink and Distress inks. The Sepia gives these inks that "Moonshadow" effect of Lindy's ink sprays.

DIY shimmer spray-Sepia ink with distress inks

I love the napkins, they provide such a lovely background that you can then add to with stamping and embellishments, and there are lots of lovely designs to choose from too. I am sure I will be trying this again in the future. See you again soon x