Thursday, May 30, 2013
Nothing like a day trip to adjust the attitude. The icing on the cake was having Christy and her family sharing
it with me. Have a great day, hugs
Saturday, May 25, 2013
For all you multi media artists, so you have done a gelli pull and really like it and would like to use it multiple times on a card, a digi page, your hybrid journal, you will never get another exact pull what do you do? Scan it in and then print it, but here is the fun part, I am so loving my pulls on tissue paper, I love the look of it and I adore the feel of it, printed out on copy or cardstock you loose some of the beautiful transparency, so today I figured out how to print on tissue paper and oh my goodness that opens up an entire new world all by itself but we will save that for later.
To print out on tissue paper, take a good piece of white card stock, I used 8 1/2X 11 - 80lb cover, my gelli block is 8X10" but I did not need the entire pull because I am using it on some cards, so I cut the tissue to 7"X7", then traced around it onto the cardstock, then liberally apply repositionable glue, I use Elmer's repositionable glue stick, let it cure for at least 1min, the begin with the top of the tissue paper laying it down and burnishing it onto the cardstock with a bone folder so there are no wrinkles, (this is why you want to trace the size), you do not want to have excess glue edges go through your printer, then send it through. Begin with a corner and gently pull the tissue paper off the card stock and let it dry, you may have some rolling, after it dries you can flatten it with an iron but cover the tissue with a light cloth to iron. Then if you want any additional water mark turn the tissue over and spritz (Very) lightly with a mister and dry with your heat gun and you are done. This might sound like a lot but once you do it, it goes really fast and the results are amazing, I adhered the tissue to a cardstock block and then added some misc. rub-ons and my card is done.
Friday, May 24, 2013
A fun new technique I am calling Card SKins, this is a card template from Silhouette Library, meant to be a gate card and I had an idea as I was looking at it, what if I cut the card out on transparency, used it as a stencil and then color the transparency with alcohol inks and attached it to the stenciled card. The butterfly on the cardstock was colored with Derwent "Inktense" pencils and blended with a water pen. The added color to the transparency just gives it more depth. I used a very low tack adhesive on the inside of the butterfly so it closed but after a while the wings pop out for even more depth, how much fun is that?
another side view showing the transparency open
Hope everyone is ready for a safe and happy weekend, hugs
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
So now that I have the hang of my gelli plate I am experimenting, all those little "what ifs" that occur as I am doing a pull. Regular stamps are fun, but what if you had an 8X10 stamp for your 8X10 gelli plate?
here is my 8X10 stamp, I used an old Cricut mat for my base, just used the grid lines to cut it to size. Then I took fun foam and cut the piece at top by hand and then ran the fun foam through my big shot with Memory Box dies, the bird cage and branches. The stick right to the cricut base. I loaded my gelli plate and then with a brayer went over my "BIG" stamp with white paint and stamped that into the gelli plate and did my pull. When finished just rinse the whole stamp under running water and blot dry with a paper towel, do not rub the paper towel over the foam it will lift it. So now I have to go dig 4 years worth of old Cricut mats I have stashed somewhere, LOL, hugs
close up showing the little nooks and crannies of the creases. Hope everyone has a great mid-week, hugs
Monday, May 13, 2013
Tin Foil was sitting on my counter top as I went to do some Gelli Plate pulls, grabbed a piece, love it. I don't know that I would use it on a journal page, but I will definitely use it on a card, love the shiny tin foil peeking through the matte surface of the acrylic paint. These pulls would be so much fun for Christmas projects. Hope everyone has a great week. Hugs
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day all you moms, hope you are showered with love and appreciation. I tore some book pages to see how they did with the gelli plate and love love love how they came out. On this one I did some acrylic ink (white) drips and spatters and it looked like cocoon material to me, so grabbed one of my butterflies for the background. The sentiment block was done with Pan Pastels and Tim Holtz distressing inks and I used a word stamp. It is fun getting back to my cards after 6 weeks totally immersed in journal pages, hugs
Post Script: I may be the happiest mom in all the Universe, my son called this morning and he and his wife are moving back here after being gone for 3 years, they are moving back tomorrow, wow what a mother's day gift. I am Blessed
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Happy Saturday everyone, I still am playing with the tissue paper and gelli plate. This is such a versatile media, I adhered the tissue with soft gel medium to a chocolate brown block, this pops out the creases and deepens the color of the tissue paper pull. One of my favorite things is the feel of the background after it is all done. Have a safe and happy weekend. Hugs
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This is a gelli plate pull on craft paper, I then went in and did a treatment with alcohol inks to help bring out the creases. It looked old world and mappish (lol, a word?) to me, so I used it to do a digi page on Atlantis.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Morning peeps, well that wonderful feeling of completion is upon me. I have 21 - 8X10 art journal pages all packed and ready to post this morning. Wow, what a project, I had so much fun doing this swap and pulled out all my forgotten, unused tools and even picked up some new techniques along the way. Since the first tissue pull on the Gelli Plate, this idea has been roaming around in my head but would not let myself play with it until the swap was done and packaged, so this morning after that last piece of tape went on the box I pulled out a piece of the pulled tissue and started playing. Using the tissue as my background and then used one of my "nez leafs" as an element, quick and easy but I think it renders an elegant card. So this one definitely goes in my bag of tricks. I am giving myself permission to take a couple of days to get straight with myself, veg with a book, maybe a couple of black and white movies, no schedules, deadlines or emergencies looming on the horizon. Hope everyone has a grand week, hugs
Sunday, May 5, 2013
So I scanned in my tissue paper, used Tangie Baxter's May AJC2013 kit and her "The Princess with Green Hair Kit and came up with this digi Art Journal Page. That fish cannot decide if she is a dream left over from long ago or real, lol, hope everyone has a great Sunday, hugs
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
adding dimension to your washi tape is fast, easy, FUN. Grab your favorite stencil, a strip of washi tape and some modeling paste. Then some acrylic paint and modeling paste, blend color into paste and mix then lay your stencil over the tape and apply your paste, let it dry. You can then go over it with another color of acrylic paint, I just worked some Golden gold over the top of the squares for a project. There you have it.