Wednesday 25 November 2015

Gelli Plate Autumn Leaves

Hi all.  I am back with probably my last autumnal card for this year and is a card I made recently for a friend's birthday.  I saw Barbara Gray of Claritystamp do something similar on her blog so thought I would give it a go.  It uses acrylic paint and real leaves with the gelli plate to make a background and a set of different leaf stamps from Hobby Art called Falling Leaves.  The two dies placed on top for the sentiment are from a Spellbinder set called Floral Ovals.

I began by using some fallen leaves I collected in a few different shapes, and also a couple of green ones from a shrub.  I got out some cheap acrylic paints I bought to experiment on the gelli plate with a while ago, in black, white, red, yellow, blue and buttermilk, and by mixing the colours together I managed to make some reasonable autumnal colours.  I took each colour in turn and using a brayer applied the colour to several of the leaves and placed them face down on the 6" x 6" gelli plate and then after brayering the back lifted the leaves off.  I pretty much covered the plate bit by bit and where the leaves overlapped I left each one to dry before adding the next coloured one to keep the colours nice and clean.  When everything was dry I applied a layer of buttermilk paint all over and using a piece of good quality paper I lifted the print by laying it on top of the plate and rubbing over the back a few times to get maximum coverage.  The idea is that the last coat of paint reactivates the underneath coats so that when you rub over it nearly all the paint lifts off on to the paper.  As you can see a lot of the leaf prints are not terribly clear and there are a few bits of the white paper which show through but I liked the overall look of the piece.

I finished the background by adding some more leaves using two of the small silhouette leaf stamps from the Hobbyart set with some Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Olive Pearlescent Pigment Inks.  The olive ones show up better than the gold ones.

I found some snippets of white card and stamped one of the larger leaf shapes from the Hobby Art set, using Versamark Ink and WOW Copper Embossing Powder, which I heat set, and then I coloured using Adirondack Inks and a water brush and blended the colours together.  I used slightly different colours on the two leaves to make them look more random, and the colours were Sunshine Yellow, Cranberry, Mowed Lawn and Espresso, and also a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and when dry I fussy cut them.

I finished by using some snippets of Kraft card to die cut the two Floral Ovals and I stamped the sentiment with the Versamark and WOW Copper EP.  I then found another snippet of Kraft card to back the gelli plate print and mounted this on to the white base card and then adhered the sentiment plate, and finally stuck the leaves with some Pinflair Glue Gel.

Before I go I would like to introduce a lovely new follower called Tina Z whose blog you will find here and I'm sure she would love you to drop by and take a look.

Now I don't have any more birthday cards to make for a while I really must get on with my Christmas cards which I am late doing as usual!  Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Pat   x

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 204 where we use our leftover pieces/snippets of card, paper etc.
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.


Di said...

Brilliant card Pat! As always a lovely result and so good to read how you arrived there - lots of work went into this and it certainly pays off! Isn't it funny how so much that Nature offers can be used to create even more wonderful things.


Di xx

MaryH said...

Your gelli background is Fabulous! I love it! You've also used one of my fav ovals, so very pretty with the colors in the background and those fantastic metallic leaves. Thanks for explaining how you did the wonderful card. It's just one of the most beautiful I think you've done with the gelli (to date anyway!). Hugs & thanks for the Holiday wishes. It's so kind of all you Brits to remember us Yanks on our holidays...

Viv said...

This is stunning Pat. Gorgeous colours and well worth your efforts I think.x

Loll said...

Wow ... love the background from your gelli plate. Using fallen leaves is a great idea. Love the colour and design. So beautiful Pat. xx

Petra Swart said...

Your bg and your leaves are absolutely stunning, Pat!!! Definitely worth all the work you've put into it!!! Love the oval dies you've used top do the sentiment!!!! So beautiful!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!

Sarn said...

Beautiful work.
Hugs, Sarn x

Gayatri said...

WOW! Love the background. Gorgeous card. LOVE it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes!
Gayatri xx

Laine Kammeraad said...

Absolutely love the background. Beautiful job!! Love the colors too. Thanks for sharing with us at Mixed Media World and we hope you will join in our next challenge too.

With smiles
Laine K