Category Archives: Lavinia

More gelli plate fun

A week or so ago I shared with you the ghost print as a result of some playing with the gelli plate inspired by a UTube video. If you want a reminder… Click here!

Now it is time to share the original print and now card I made from it! I really love the blending of the background and the subtle way the stamped images work…

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As this was on a coated pearlescent paper, the stamping in black isn’t my best, but still I love this card.

I added the Lavinia fairies and text from a set I have and then added the little rhinestone stars randomly around the card to add the touch of magic.

I mounted the artwork onto a pale blue and raised it above the graphite and white mount with ribbon wrap on dimensionals.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Lavinia … u Tube inspired gelli plate play!

Ok I need to STOP watching UTube art videos… I am just getting super inspired!

Yesterday before I managed to get some sleep after the entire night of not sleeping I had to create something with the gelli plate after watching a Lavinia Stamps video… And wow I was soooooo impressed with the results of my little play! Suspect the ladies who come to my house for crafting will get a go at something like this in the future. I’ve not yet mounted the art work as I need some black card to frame it … But isn’t it divine?

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And what’s more… This was the ghost print on plain old printer paper… Can you imagine what the first print looks like which I did on pearlescent paper! I didn’t finish that one, (the ink takes longer to dry on the pearlescent paper) so will share that once I have stamped it and finished it off.

I am so so so so impressed with this technique! Just creates such a pretty background to make into a piece of artwork!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

National Letter Writing Month!

April is national letter writing month … Well national letter writing month in the US anyway! And through an art journalling fb friend I discovered a group where for the month of April they actively write to a person they are paired with, along with sending some snail mail love to others too, and asked if I could join in too! Fortunately for me they said yes!

Now the majority of the group are US based, or closer than I am as there are a good proportion from Canada, but there are also a few of us dotted around the world in more random places. Of course posting to everyone from the UK would cost a fortune (which I don’t have) so instead I decided to gather the supplies I already had to hand and wasn’t using in terms of postcards, cards and envelopes that no longer had a card to go in them, and decided that once I had sent this little pile of loveliness out, that would be me finished for the month. There were a good twenty or so pieces of mail to play with. My plan was to practice my Zentangle skills on envelopes to decorate them and to just have fun connecting with people across the world!

My main thing to concentrate on though, was my letter to my paired penpal. So I chose one of the gelli prints I made some time ago and finally got around to mounting on an 8×8 card. This meant I had plenty of room inside for writing and maybe arting a little too!

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Here you can also see the envelope I added some doodles to in a strip down one side of the front … And here is the tangled back of the envelope.

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So at this stage in the month I had sent out about ten pieces of post … Including this card. They should have now arrived with recipients, and I am hoping pics of the bits and pieces they received will start appearing in out fb group soon.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing off the gelli plate class!

Can’t get to sleep so thought I would write up a blog post instead!

Last Wednesday as part of the class I demonstrated how to use the gelli plate and so ended up with a little stash of prints. I then got to play along with the lovelies in the class deciding what to do with them. The great news about this was I got to play with some stamps they brought with them too! Here are the prints I made and stamped up…

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I heat embossed this Swallowtail with white detail powder. Missed a bit of the stamping but don’t think it matters really!

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I do love this Indigo Blu stamp! Could use it time and time again. Not 100% convinced by the gelli print though … Strange how it doesn’t sing to me!

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This is a mixture of Serene Silhouettes and the Lindsay Mason fairy stamps Karen brought. Lovely! Nice funky card this one!

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Julie brought Summer Silhouettes with her … I now need this set if inly for these fab leaves! Also love using the Feel Goods sentiments … Such nice statements!

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My favourite last! Lavinia stamps which Julie brought just seem to work perfectly with the print. Really love this one!

So this is how they were at the end of the night. I didn’t get round to mounting them on anything, partly because I was really supposed to be teaching but also because all my stuff was spread over many rooms as we were still in the midst of moving things into the spare room which is now my craft room. Regardless of them not being finished, I am still pretty pleased with them … Especially the last three!

Now going to switch off the iPad for the second time since coming to bed and attempt sleep again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Wibble wobble gelli plate class! Preparation

This post is all about the prep I did for the Gelli plate playing class I hosted tonight. I wanted to have the lovely girls who I craft with be a bit brave and play with getting messy and a gelli plate is a fab easy way to start. But how to plan a class with something that will be different everytime you use it?!

So a few weeks ago I got out the gelli plate and the lovely new paints I had got and started to play. Now I admit the cardstock I used was actually scrap and was the backing for packs of 12×12 dsp! But in using this it did give me an idea on how we would quickly create a few different prints per person.

I started with red, cream and blue. The cream was meant to be a yellow but it turned out more cream to me … But still looked fab!

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Next I tried blues and greens…

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Whilst I was going along I also cleaned off my gelli plate on a piece of scrap patterned paper… This is now ultra messy!

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And with the last bits of paint I decided to try to use some sticky backed plastic for the packing tape technique. It wasn’t 100% successful but I think I hadn’t put down enough paint or let it dry long enough. I ended up sticking this to a print I made with very little texture apart from bubble wrap and it looks quite nice like this I think. If I had been thinking I would have had the tin foil at the ready as that always looks fab as the background. But ho hum!

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So quite a bit of printing in a couple of hours … Not bad seeing as I really wasn’t prepared to start with and gave me a lot of ideas to start my planning off for the class.

A few days later I spent some times looking at the prints and deciding what to do with them. I started by chopping up the 12×12 sheets into 5.5 x 5.5 squares to get rid of tatty edges and make them suitable to use as card toppers in use size they are. I figured this was the easiest way to tackle converting these lovely prints into something usable.

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Then I stamped a couple of images out of newish stamps I have acquired. I stamped them onto white card using black and fussy cut them out. I find stamping detailed images onto acrylic never quite works well… So this collage effect is usually better. I added a mount of some scrap patterned paper too. Given the colours within the gelli prints can be quite different I figured that just having a whole load of scrap out for people to use what they like would work best for mounting them.

First up the La Musique stamp from Claritystamps.

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Next the beautiful fairy silhouette from Lavinia stamps. Sorry about the rubbish photo … Not sure what happened with this but can’t be bothered to take another one right now!

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Then I chose one of the blue and green prints to create this Christmas card topper using some Indigo Blu stamps. The sentiment I thought worked well cut into strips in my usual art journal method and outlined with the black and then fussy cut the snowflake border. Because the stamping on the border isn’t perfect I think it works quite well with the gelli print too… More arty! Well that’s my thought anyway!

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This was my progress on this night and by this time I had made a decision that I would create samples from all eight pieces (not the sticky backed plastic piece or the scrap paper) for the class and have the stamps for people to use if they wish … But it is more likely people will only have time to make one or two card toppers and will have to take home the rest and finish at home with their own supplies. I thought the other two pieces I would use to create some art journal pieces instead…. As other examples of what they could be used for … Which will lead onto the next class I am doing with the gang!

Roll on to one week ago and I finally got round to finishing the samples.
And also took new pictures of the three above mounted on their cards!

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Right so here come the other ones!

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These were both using the fabulous Serene Silhouettes stamps which I usually use with brayered backgrounds but thought they worked well with these gelli plate ones too. I slightly messed up the stamping on the one with the wild flowers though so decided the sentiment stamped separately and then layered up would cover that little ‘creative diversion’!

Next up a tree based card. I heat embossed the Bare Forest Indigo Blu stamp with some black embossing powder. The shiny finish really works as contrast against the acrylic finish.

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Then another Christmas card using freebie HOTP stamps I got with a magazine.

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Finally… A Swallowtail card! It’s been a while since I made a card using this stamp … But it seemed the perfect choice for this Gelli Plate print!

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So there you go … Eight samples made for the class … All different and all fab! Will share pics and links for blogs where relevant for what others created tonight as each persons print and finished product was different!

Such fun!

Catherine