I love using my stamps for something besides cards. It is always nice to stumble across an idea and it work out! While I was using my gelli plate the other day to make a background on glossy paper. I decided to try some other ways of printing with my Stampin’ Up! inks. I selected the colors based on a Faux Batik idea that didn’t quite pan out. I tell you this because, this fail is what made me start looking for other ways to layer the colors like I wanted. That’s when I saw my gelli plate still on the table. So I tried it out…I was thrilled!!
One of my all time favorite stamps is the fern in the Butterfly Basics stamp set. This is another wonderful stamp that has been neglected for way to long. Of course I had to get it inky!
I paired the fern with a new stamp in oh So Eclectic. This is a fun set that has several images that look like watercolor. I chose the leaf
I love the verity of fun images that is in this set! It is happy and full of life!!!
My gelli plate is 5×7 and is the perfect size to make small gallery inspired prints. The process is basically the same. You can add ink or stamped images to the gel plate. Press the plate onto paper. And lift up. And repeat. … That’s the basics. I made several that I’m planning on hanging on the wall at work in a collage format. For each one I will tell you what I did. The paper I used for almost all the prints is mix media paper. I love this paper because it has a vellum finish and is thick! So it can handle a lot…I used it today because, I’m not planning on framing these prints. The thick paper will look nice all on its own!
As it turned out I really enjoy the process of monoprinting with the gelli plate. I could do this all day! The first three are just basic prints. (I’m shareing others later in the week) You can see in the above picture that the two smaller prints are on watercolor paper. You can tell a difference in how the printing looks on that paper vs. the mixed media paper in the middle.
This first print is just basic stamp printing. The first thing I did was ink the gelli plate with Dapper Denim. I pressed this off on a scrap piece of paper. The second step was to stamp the leaf stamp into the plate. There was still ink on the plate so this created a very faint shadow image. This time I pressed the plate onto the paper I was planning on using. Then stamping on to the gel plate with Pool Party ink and Dapper Denim. The fern and leaf images. The last step was to press a second print on top of the first print
The is the same process as above. The main difference in the look is that I combined Pool Patty and Dapper Denim on the first background print. This gave it a greenish tent.
This monoprint was lots of fun! You can see how much smother the ink is on the mixed media paper vs. the hot press watercolor paper.
For this print, I pressed both the Pool Party and the Dapper Denim ink pads directly onto the gel plate. Then I lightly spritz with water. Using the fern image I stamped into the spritz water. Then stamped off on a piece of shimmery white. I wanted to keep the image for a later project. I repeated the stamping several times. Then, made my first print. At this point it will look something like this.
Pretty rough, huh?
The next press is stamped ferns onto the plate with both Pool Party and Dapper Denim. Then You want to press this print on top of the first print!
At this point I knew the print was starting to take shape. I did this process one more time. Then, added some Dapper Denim ferns directly to the paper.
At this point let your print dry. I learned the hard way that embossing powder really loves the inky prints. After it was dry. I added a silver fern that was heat embossed.
I love how the heat embossed image shines on the monoprint background. I have three more monoprints to share with you later in the week. You will love them! I add a few extra elements to them that really brings a wow factor!
The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!
The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!
There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!
Here is the supply list. If you have any questions about today’s card, products used, or Stampin’ Up! feel free to email me at [email protected]
Besides my Stampin’ Up! supplies, I used a Gelli Plate and Mixed Media paper.
Thanks for stopping buy on this amazing Sunday. I hope each of you have a blessed day! If you make your own gallery prints I would love to see them. You can always tag me on social media or email me pictures. Happy creating!
Peace my friends-