Saturday, January 22, 2022

Sending Lots of Love

Today I'm playing along with the Just Us Girls challenge.   

A friend asked me to make her 5 Valentines to send to her 5 sons and their wives so I was inspired by the colors in the photo, the white hearts and instead of a stacked snowman I made stacked hearts!?

I die cut the hearts out of a panel of water color paper and then embossed the panel with the Heart Blocks embossing folder from Provo Craft.  I layered the slightly smaller panel over an A2 white card base on foam dots.  
I die cut hearts out of aqua and red, scored one aqua and one red heart down the center and glued it on the fold over the opposite color.  
I adhered the hearts inside the larger die cut hearts using foam dots.  
I white embossed the sentiment on a black strip and adhered it between the hearts on foam dots.  
To finish my card, I adhered 3 little black clay hearts on the embossed panel and brushed over the top of the colored hearts with a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

Stamps: Sentiment Suite: Love - The Greetery
Ink: Versamark
Paper: White, True Black, Pure Poppy - PapertreyInk, Water color paper - Canson Cold Press.
Accessories: Heart Dies - Nestabilits, Tuxedo Clay Hearts - Honey Bee Stamps, foam dots, Heart Blocks Embossing Folder - Provo Craft, white embossing powder, heat tool, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella.

Monday, January 17, 2022

January CAS Christmas Card Challenge Reminder!

 Hi all - I'm here to remind you all that you still have time to join in on the January CAS Christmas Card challenge!  The link is open until 1/24/22.  I am the host this month and I want to see everyone use Silver and Gold on their CAS Christmas card!

It's SO hard to photograph metallic paper!   For my reminder card I used the same Alleluia die I used on my first card but this time I did use the Shadow die behind the word.  The top and bottom alleluia's are gold word and silver shadow and the middle alleluia is silver word and gold shadow.   I embossed the white background with Weathered Embossing folder from Taylored Expressions, just to give it some clean texture!

So please link up your silver and gold CAS Christmas cards over at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge blog!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Paper: White - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic paper pad - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Accessories: Alleluia Word and Shadow Die - Simon Says Stamp, glue pen.

Monday, January 10, 2022

2nd Project - January Collaboration with Eileen Hull/Sizzix and Gel Press

Today I'm sharing my 2nd project for Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team's January collaboration with Gel Press.  We are using Gel Press products with Eileen's Sizzix Dies.  Check out Eileen's blog all this month for a gathering of the teams projects!

 This time I made a journal using Eileen's Full Size Journal Sizzix Bigz Die. I created  Gel Plate prints for the covers and pages of my journal. 
(See my first project here if you missed it!)
First, I'll show you my finished journal.
Then, I'll share photos of how I created the Gel Plate prints.

The stamp used on the cover of my journal is from Eileen's Button Cards and More Set.

I covered the binding of the journal with a piece of  Cork Roll from Sizzix.
I  tied black elastic cord around the binding to add the pages.  I made 2 signatures - 6 pages each.

 To create the Gel Plate print for my covers, I laid a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock on my worktable and laid the 12"x12" Gel Plate over it.  I made prints on 8 1/2"x11" white card so having a piece under the 12" plate showed me the area to ink over.

I used different combination of 3 Distress Oxide Inks for all my Gel Press prints for this journal -  DOX Spiced Marmalade, DOX Speckled Egg and Dox Seedless Preserves.

For the covers I made 2 similar prints.  I dragged the ink pads across the Gel Plate using DOX Speckled Egg and DOX Spiced Marmalade, trying not to overlap the colors and contaminate the ink pads. You can hardly see the Speckled Egg but it's there!  I used a 6" brayer over the Gel Plate to blend the lines a bit.  I flicked some water over the Gel Plate to create some water marks.

 I laid my 8 1/2" x 11 piece of white card over the Gel Plate and pressed evenly over the paper and pulled this print off.
I repeated the process to get a 2nd similar print.

I wanted to add some patterns to my prints so I got out Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bubbling Cover Plate die and die cut it out of white card.  I laid the die cut over the clean Gel Plate and brayered DOX Speckled Egg ink over the die cut.  I repeated this in the other 3 corners and removed the die cut.  

I laid my inked print (above) over the Gel Plate and pressed over the paper.  I repeated the process with my second cover print.

Here are the final 2 cover prints.

I then die cut these panels with Eileen's Sizzix Full Size Journal Die, just cutting the cover piece and the two pieces for the closure.  I adhered these to the mat board journal die cut pieces.

Then I set out to create the pages for the journal - playing with  different Gel Plate techniques I'd seen on YouTube videos.  I wanted to make pages that were interesting but not too bright so I could journal on them or add photos etc. I did Gel Prints on both sides of the 8 1/2"x11"white card stock I used for the pages.   After printing, I folded each piece in half to create two pages from each print.

The first two were made simply swiping the pads across the Gel Plate.  On this one, I brayered over the inks on the Gel Plate to blend the edges. Then I flicked a little water over the inked plate,  laid the white card over the Gel Plate, pressed all over the surface of the paper and pulled the print.

This page below was made the same as above but I forgot to brayer over the Gel Plate to blend the ink so the lines between colors are more distinct and there is some white between the colors.  I also flicked this one with water before pulling the print.
I inked the plate again and then pulled a Gel Press Texture Comb over it randomly
The comb marks give added texture to this print.   I did not brayer the inks over the Gel Plate so the lines between colors are less blended.  See how dark the ink is on the print below?  but it looks so light above on the Gel Plate?  If I didn't have the white card under the Gel Plate I don't think I would have been able to see the ink at all.
 A print using the same inks, different Gel Press Texture Comb edge used, which I just pulled straight down the Gel Plate.

Same inks, using another edge of a Texture Comb in opposite directions over the inked Gel Plate.


 Then I made a print using the Gel Press Rose Mandala Impressables.  (You can ink over this design gel plate and 'stamp' the design or press it onto an inked Gel Plate for a negative print, or ink the raised design and pull a print off it). I rubbed DOX Speckled Egg Ink over the 12"x12" Gel Plate, then I pressed the Rose Mandala Gel Plate into the ink on the plate and then pulled the print

I love how this print came out! It's not centered  but perfect for a page background!

 For this print, I rubbed DOX Spiced Marmalade ink over the Gel Plate, blended the ink with the brayer and then pressed  the butterfly, leaf and diamond shaped Sweet Nature Petites onto the Gel Plate.  I flicked water over the Gel Plate, pressed the paper onto the plate and pulled the print.


 Rather abstract shapes achieved (obviously didn't use equal pressure!?!) - but it makes a lovely background for a page!  
I had to get used to the fact that with Gel prints it doesn't have to be perfect!?!

 For my next print, I rubbed the DOX Seedless Preserves over the Gel Plate and blended it with the brayer.  Then I put Eileen's Heart Mandala die onto the Gel Plate - cut edges down - and pressed over the die with my fingers.  I repeated that in the opposite corner and then dragged a Gel Press Texture Comb edge across the open space where I hadn't pressed the die.

I love the light print the die makes (I saw this technique on YouTube as well)
I used the die again on my next print.  This time I dragged the Dox Speckled Egg Ink over the Gel Plate and brayered over the ink.  Then I pressed Eileen's Heart Mandala die onto the plate cut edge down in 3 places.  I hadn't thought to clean off the die and apparently there was still Dox Seedless Preserves ink on the die from the prior print I made. There was enough ink on the die to show up like this on the print!  
Happy accidents!
For my final two pages I wanted to try using stamps on the inked Gel Plate. I dragged the Dox Speckled Egg and Dox Seedless Preserves over the Gel Plate.  After blending with the brayer it looked mostly like Seedless preserves on the plate. 
(I blended it a bit too much?! or I should have cleaned my brayer?)  
I took Eileen's Vintage Damask Maker Forte Stamp and just pressed it, un-inked, onto the Gel Plate moving and pressing down on the stamp until it covered the whole area.  This is the resulting print!  
For my next print, I cleaned off my Gel Plate and rubbed DOX Speckled Egg over it. I brayered the ink to blend the edges and then stamped with the un-inked stamp over the whole area. 
(it doesn't look like there's any ink on the Gel Plate but there is!)
This print came out much lighter than the one using Seedless Preserves but I love the beautiful subtle look, perfect as background for a page! Next time I might ink the Gel Plate a little more.
I realized I needed to make another print to cover the brad tabs on the inside of the covers of my journal.  I inked the Gel Plate with DOX Speckled Egg.

I laid the Pebbles Stencil from Lavina over the top half and sponged DOX Spiced Marmalade over the openings of the stencil.
I moved the stencil to the bottom half and sponged again.
Here's the gorgeous print that this made!
and a close up  - so cool right? It looks like corpuscles swimming in an artery or vein?!
I cut the print in half and it wasn't quite large enough to cover the inside of the covers, so I inked around the edges of the covers and then adhered the pieces.

So here are all the pages as you see them in the journal.


Thank you for sticking with me to the very end!
I enjoyed learning a few tricks for creating Gel Plate prints and I know there is so much more that can be done!  I have tried using acrylic paints but haven't gotten the hang of 'a little goes a long way' yet, so for this journal I just used the Distress Oxide Inks!  Maybe next time??!