Friday 25 June 2021

Vine Heart and Lotsa Leaves Gelli Prints

Hi everybody.  I decided to get out my gelli plate for this anniversary card and use a set of 18 Royal and Langnickel acrylic paints which I bought recently very cheaply and the colours are quite good and ideal for using with the gelli plate.  I also used a Claritystamp stencil called Vine Heart, just the inside piece.  Before I started I laid a piece of card beneath the gelli plate so I could line up the print each time in the right place.

I started with a pink and purple and put some of each on the gelli plate and rolled it out with my brayer.  I then laid the stencil down over the wet ink and pulled the print which obviously left some white areas and  then I lifted the stencil off and added some pink to the plate and rolled it over and then laid the piece of card over it and pulled the print again which added the pink to the outlines.  I thought it was a bit bright so I added some more of the purple to the outside edges and laid the card over and pulled the print again, which I thought looked better.  I then cut the piece down and rounded the edges and as the heart was a little indistinct I used an Inktense Pencil in a similar colour and went over the outlines with just the pencil, no added water.  I finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Imperial Purple Ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder before adding it to my 6" square white card.

I am entering the following challenges with this first card:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 318 All About Occasions.

I thought at the same time I would show you another gelli print I did a while back using gouache paints as this was before I bought the acrylic paint set, and some real leaves which I picked up on a recent walk as I have seen quite a few tutorials of this technique.  I also used  a leafy branch from the Autumn Poppy set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque and also a birthday sentiment using a recently acquired magazine freebie set.   

I have had the gouache paints for a very long time and there weren't many that hadn't dried up, so I ended up using a green and yellow. 

I used a piece of repositionaable tape to hold the paper in place so that I could lift it and lay it over in the same position each time.  I used the yellow first spreading it evenly over the plate using my brayer and pulled the print.  I put a piece of repositionable tape over the edge of the piece of white stencil card to hold it in place before I started as I needed it to go back down in exactly the same place on the plate.  I then reinked the plate with the green and placed the leaves over it pressing them down to make good contact with the surface before putting the same piece of card back over and rubbing it to transfer the leaf outline to the card and pulled the print again.  I then removed the leaves from the plate and put the piece of card back down and pulled the print again to transfer the detail of the leaves, not as clear as I would have like but definitely visible enough to see that they were leaves.  

I added some leaves from a Chocolate Baroque set called Autumn Poppy and stamped using Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder.  I then added a gold embossed sentiment to the centre of the card and matted it on to a piece of sage green card before adding it to my 6" square white card.

The print was quite dark but the gold embossing showed up well in real life, but I was disappointed that it wasn't so easy to see in the photos I took, and unfortunately I wanted a masculine card for a friend's birthday which had to be posted quickly, so I was not able to take more.  I had intended this for last month's Twofer challenged but never managed to make the second card.  This has happened a lot lately! 

I'm sorry this was rather a long post but I only decided to add the second one in after I started the post, and I probably wouldn't have shown it at all otherwise as I wasn't sure it was good enough but it does illustrate the technique which I think is interesting.

Thank you for visiting me today and I'll see you again soon.  

I am entering the following challenges with this second card:

Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 408 Birthdays.  (Happy 9th Birthday to the Challenge!)


Christine Alexander said...

So happy to see you playing with a gelli plate :) Two amazing card, I especially love your leaf print.

Aquarius said...

Two great gelli plate pieces - always great fun and I really like the fact that the results are unpredictable. Most prints can be used in some way or other even if they sometimes need a bit of tweaking!!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh these are so interesting and arty.. I particularly like the leaves, so beautiful! Have a lovely day!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Gorgeous backgrounds and super colours too x

Loll said...

Two fabulous cards using your gelli prints, Pat. I seem to struggle working with gelli plates ... not sure why. :) Your leaf print is especially beautiful. Love how we can use nature on our cards. xx

cuilliesocks said...

Your gelli plate backgrounds are fabulous Pat, and the results are amazing. I love the the choices of colours and designs, Kate x

Marjan said...

Beauties, both of them! You made such lovely backgrounds with the gelliplate. I especially LOVE the second one with the leaves, so beautiful! I seldom use my gelliplate, should do it more perhaps.

Cathy said...

These look fabulous Pat! I am inspired to get my gelli plate out again these school holidays, I wish our crafty supplies would not dry up and just last the distance lol! Thankyou too for playing along at Watercooler Wednesday, Cathy x

Helen said...

What wonderful effects with your gel press, Pat! Great colours! I just bought one, but haven't had a chance to play yet! I hope I can make something as eye-catching as yours!! Thanks so much for sharing at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge! Stay safe! :)

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards, Pat. I must try to use my Gelli plate more, thanks for the inspiration. xx

Sally H said...

Love your gelli prints so much! the colours are wonderful and the detail is beautiful too x