Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween Pocket letter 354-362

Spooky goings on in my craftroom… well spooky stamps and stencils at least. 

I joined in a project letter swap where the theme was Halloween as I wanted an opportunity to use my limited Halloween supplies! 

And determined not to just use my trusty oxides I decided to grab a selection of distress inks instead and my mini rectangle gelli plate. 

I love this technique for adding a simple background for atcs which has plenty of interest.

I added the ink and then sprayed water to the gelli plates and made all nine panels by layering the different colours.

Next I cut them up, masked the white edges and started applying black Dylusions paint through stencils.  I kept a few without stencilling too.  I made a mess on the one with the web later so made another one and didn’t add the web the second time.

Next it was time to add stamping… some were stamped directly onto the cards, some embossed and others onto pieces of white card and then cut out.

I then added a few extra features to some of the elements.  The pic above is before loose pieces were stuck down. 

I added hand drawn elements for embossing using the orange, clear and black embossing powders.  This added some extra fun to some of the images. I also added a little bit of water colouring for the witches face.  Next it was time to assemble and put them into the pocket letter.

I decided that a few needed some additional elements…. for some it was additional stamping and others it was some added bling… the cat even got some googly eyes! 

Here is how it finished up… 

I really love how it looks with those arty backgrounds and the white edges.  I’m going to have to keep playing with the gelli plate to make more like this… maybe for Christmas ones? 

I added goodies to each pocket and a little note in true PL style and hopefully the recipient likes the full gift!   

And as for the challenge… well that’s another 9… taking me to 362! 3 more to go! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Burlap, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Half full, Stitched framelits, Timeless Textures

Scraps off the desk… 347-351

Scraps off the desk always make interesting starting point for ATCs…. and here are some examples… These were using some pieces of paper I had wiped stamps off when playing with my gelli plate, distress oxides and the Burlap stamp.   I added different stamps and different finishes to them to make these ATCs…

1. Dreams take flight.

The feather stamp and sentiment came with a magazine. It’s a two step stamp and I stamped the base and the top in different colours of distress oxide and then added clear emboss to the top layer. I had made sure I dried it in between to only add the embossing on the top layer as the distress oxide can stay wet a while. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Black to make sure it stood out. 

I added a delicate amount of the black soot to the edge and then added a strip of turquoise gems down one side before mounting it on Fresh Fig cardstock.

2. Ruffle your feathers…

This is very similar to the one above but with a different colour scheme and some additional stamping using the Timeless Textures stamps and of course distress oxides again! 

3. Map your dreams…

This time I added a torn piece of map paper and some machine sewing to add texture and some different effects.

4. Fly

Same approach as the one above but this time a die cut and some heat embossing of the gorgeous birdcage image. Then I added the label word to add a graphic element.

5. Layers with wine

This time I took several pieces of the leftover scrap paper, tore them, inked the edges and layered them up. The top piece j added the stamped image from half full stamp set and added a little bit of colour to the grapes and outside edge to add definition. Love how all the layers coordinate and yet provide distinct layers.

So that’s 5 different ways of approaching the scraps on the table and turning them into mini artworks.  Very happy with these! 

And now only 16 to go to the target… whoop! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Layering the Love

Geometric postcard

Hello! 

Today I have the latest postcard I made for a swap. The theme is geometric shapes. So I decided to use the triangle gelli plate to add the distress oxide ink to the white card. 

Once this was dry I stamped the Layering the Love sentiment stamp and then the stitched circle stamp that I moved into an oval to frame the words. 

I mounted it onto a black card panel ready for posting when I get my swap partner announced at the end of the month. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Brushos, Gelli Plate, Happy Celebrations, Serene Silhouettes, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Watercolor wash, Watercolor wings, Watercolor words

Wow with Watercolour class

Hi

Tonight friends will be gathering at mine for a crafting session where the theme I chose was watercolour!   Now given I am not an art teacher nor do I know how to watercolour in the way you might be thinking…. I instead chose to add colour in a watery way… or use stamps designed to give a water colour appearance. 

So here is what I have got prepped… 

Watercolour wings with brushos and some embossing. 

Watercolour words with some inky circles using a gelli plate.

Watercolour wash background stamp with a silhouette.

And finally… 

A scrapbook page just for a change. Using the gelli plate to add the inky large circles and the circles from Happy Celebrations set which I applied ink to using the Stampin Write markers to keep with the sketchy look. 

Hopefully we will get through these projects in no time at all… or at least get most of them done! Regardless I am sure we will have fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Big and beautiful ATC swap 338 & 339

This month the swap at Artful ATCs was big and beautiful and I must admit I was a bit stumped… but then I remembered the dylusions die cuts packet I had never opened and then the badassartstamps girl with the big head! 

The background I made by doodling on the patterned paper I had already cut to size.  I then decided to just add colour to the eye section to go with my choice of title! 

The next one… I took a gelli plate print background as the starting point.  I kept it simple with just a few touches of colour added to the stamped girl.

So these are my contribution to the swap this month… and another two towards my ATC count. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Burlap, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Happy Celebrations

Gelli plate burlap

Some of the practice sessions for designing cards for classes included this card which I wasn’t 100% happy with for the class but still liked the result of. 

I used the gelli plate to add the distress oxide colour and the stamping of the burlap stamp and then added the burlap to the background of the card too. I also added some other colour with the Timeless Textures stamps.

I then used the fabulous Happy Celebrations stamps to finish it off. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Gelli Plate, Happy Celebrations

Happy Celebrations circles

Hello there… 

Today I have a card to share that is similar to one I shared a couple of weeks ago … 

I changed it up a little and also stuck to the Happy Celebrations stamp set. I used more delicate colours of Soft Sky and Pool Party. 

I kept it very simple in terms of the card and added no embellishments. I think maybe a gem or three wouldn’t go amiss but think that sometimes less is more! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine