More creativity... cards and playing with the gelli plate
I have been continuing with card making (just as well because I have amassed a large stash in a relatively short space of time) and have made a few more cards including thank you, get well and hello. I like to decorate the envelopes too.
This was made using a two layer stamp which gives a lovely result.
In my other news, I have discovered the joys of a Gelli plate. This is a polymer based gel printing plate which can be used to make monoprints. They have been about in the crafting world for many years, particularly in America, but, as usual, I am a bit behind the trends. I watched lots of videos on the internet and decided that I needed to get myself a plate and have a go. I have always enjoyed creating prints, whether these were monoprints, screen prints or lino prints, so I knew I would enjoy this. Acrylic paints work really well with the gelli plate and distress inks can also be used, so it can cross into the papercrafting and card making too (hoorah!).
Here are my first attempts, using marks, bubble wrap, stencils and stamps, in my favourite cool blues.
I like the way the gel plate gives you a positive print and then what is called a 'ghost print', which is a negative sort of image.
More mark making and bubble wrap.
Bright and bold colours blended on the plate and then stencils, bubble wrap and marks again.
This is the ghost print.
I really liked the smudginess of this print which was actually a 'cleaning up the roller' waste piece which I put the stencils onto to remove most of the paint and then used a baby wipe to clean them - the baby wipe caused the slightly smudgy look to the stencil. This is one of my favourite prints and wasn't even a 'proper' print. So often the way!
I have been watching more 'how to' videos and have been taken with some layered prints using more sophisticated colour mixes than I have used so far.
I really like the process, it is fast, some great effects can be created and it is easy to clean up, so I shall be enjoying lots more playing and creating over the next few days/weeks/months.