So I've been struggling with getting a print that I like with my Gelli plate. I've watched a bunch of videos and (messed up) inked up a ton of copy paper and some cheapy cardstock. Once in a while I get something I like. Yay!
After watching this video from by Tracey from Lavinia Stamps, I accomplished the print above which I think is a start in the right direction. For my first attempt, I used Distress Inks, but it was lighter than I wanted so I tried again with Distress Oxides. It didn't apply too evenly, but I got closer to something acceptable. I used Catherine Pooler ink for the blue and purple stamping. (I really like her inkpads.)
The card with the gold leaf is the first one I tried after watching the tutorial. The Distress Inks turned out kind of light so I switched to Distress Oxides for the rest.
Tracey has some darling fairy stamps, and I definitely "need" some right away! Did you know nobody in the US makes fairy silhouette stamps? I couldn't find any.
I don't have a round gelli plate so after inking my rectangular plate, I added a circle mask before pulling the print. It worked pretty well!.
I wanted the words to curve around the print, so I used the cutout from the mask and a background text stamp.
This is the 3rd card using Tracey's technique. I added some black and gold splashes, edged it with black and mounted it on grapsicle cardstock from My Favorite Things.
Below is a great beginner project using the Gelli Plate and envelopes.
What a fun and easy way to jazz up your envelopes!. This video by Queeny-E was my inspiration. Brayer on some ink (I used Distress Oxides) and use crumpled paper to add texture. Tissue paper makes a really nice flowery-type of image.
The envelope on the top right was made by brayering Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide onto the plate and then pressing a background stamp onto the plate to remove some color. The bottom right was done by pressing rubber shelf paper onto the plate.
I hope you'll take the time to do something creative and that it brings you joy!
A lot of people who make cards also do art journaling. I've tried it a few times; and after watching some You Tube videos by Karen Burchill, I got really inspired.
I love this crazy quote and thought it fit the journey of this page perfectly! This is a page torn from an old Moleskine watercolor notebook. I was inspired by this card from Heather Telford, but mine definitely went awry!
I started with green, yellow and blue color bursts from Ken Oliver. The green was too olivey so I added some mowed lawn distress reinker. Then the yellow wasn't bright enough so in went some squeezed lemonade reinker. The stamp didn't come out clear enough and I don't draw very well. So I embraced the vague by adding lines with a black Speedball Elegant Writer then spritzed with water to blur the lines. Then the black splatters were reactivated and smeared when I glued the page down in my "new" (old) art journal. In spite of all that, it was fun and I'm fairly happy with it!
I was looking around for a book that would fit the Moleskine page and came across this. Many years ago, I won this beautiful hardcover book at a quilting event (Craft Overlap alert!). It's filled with blank paper that's kind of thin, but I think I can glue a few pages together and it will work just fine.
I decided to add my name to the inside cover, started playing around with paints and stamps and ended up with this. I used my one Dylusions paint in purple and some ancient white acrylic paint I had left from my tole painting days (ooh, Craft Overlap!). Stamped some text in gray and faded with some watered down white.
This is the very 1st art journal page attempt back in October. I glued down some torn pattern paper, used texture past thru some stencils, stamping and some distress inks for color. Another excellent resource is Vicky Papaioannou. She makes cards and art journals.
This is the 2nd art journal page I made a few weeks ago after watching this background technique by Vicky.
Art journaling is a really fun way to play and be creative without any pressure about a successful end result. I usually have to let things dry overnight so I don't have to rush to finish. If I'm stuck, that gives me time to ponder and start inspired the next day or start a whole new page.
Karen has a whole Back to Basics series on journaling with minimal supplies. I really encourage you to give art journaling a try!