Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mini Gelli Plate Play

Circle Gelli Petite and Rings mini stencil
It's Tuesday!  This is the day when I do most of my crafting as my friend comes over to keep me company.  Today I played with my new Gelli Plate Petites Bundle from Claritystamp.  This is no longer available as a bundle, but I was lucky enough to get the full set of mini stencils, the two sets of Gelli Petites, two mounts, two sets of 7"x7" card and the stencil storage binder while the offer was on.  I used some of my Artistry inks also, as well as the Claritystamp Word Chains and Word Chain Alphabet.  It was such a lot of fun and really productive.
For my first attempt, the celebrate card front, I used the Artistry Fine Wine ink pad alternatively printing directly through the Rings mini stencil, followed by a ghost print from the remaining ink.  I loved the borders which Barbara Gray made using post it notes to hide the centre panel, so used the same method to add a border round all 4 sides.  All it needed was a Word Chain 'Celebrate' stamped in Black Soot Archival ink (I love the Tim Holtz Archival ink palette!)   

Triangle Gelli Petite and Leaf mini stencil.
In the space of three hours I managed to create two finished card fronts, a set of mini toppers and some background paper, as well as bits and pieces that I can add to other projects. 
Before heat embossing.
The Autumn Leaves card front was my second attempt, this time using the triangle Gelli Petite and three ink colours (Fall Fiesta, Golden Turmeric and Green Garland).  To begin I simply added blocks of colour across the card, then decided to over print using one of the leaf stencils as a resist.  I really didn't like the result of over stamping green with orange, so I went over that triangle again with Perfect Medium and heat embossed with Wow detail gold embossing powder.  The skeleton Leaf stamp is from the set of the same name by Inkylicious.  The 'Autumn Leaves' was stamped using Ground Espresso Archival ink and letters from the Word Chain Alphabet set by Claritystamp.
Square Gelli Petite and Leafy Swirl Mini stencil.
First generation
Ghost print

This set of four toppers was created using the square Gelli Petite and the Leaf Swirl mini stencil.  I used the Fall Fiesta and Golden Turmeric inks, first printing directly onto the card through the stencil, then removing the stencil and taking a ghost print.

My clean up card.

This is the result of spritzing my brayer mat with water, laying stamp card over the top and brayering over the back to clean up the ink.  I hate wasting ink and was pleased with the result.

Finished? Not happy!
WIth the Hexagon Petite, I decided to attempt heat embossing again and used Perfect Medium on the plate and a mandala stencil as a resist.  I printed over the left hand side of my clean up card.  Unfortunately the Perfect Medium didn't seem to work so well this time and it took several attempts, and the use of an embossing pen to touch up some of the areas. 
Much better!
I still wasn't happy with the result, therefore decided to trim the shape down and blended Burnt Umber and Fall Fiesta Artistry ink over the top.  I think that once matted onto brown and then orange card it will make a pleasing focal topper.

Oval Gelli Petite and Brick Wall mini stencil.

My final project, was using the oval Gelli Petite and the Brick Wall mini stencil.  I printed using Burnt Umber artistry ink alternating the direct through the stencil and ghost print techniques between re inking the plate.  I found that the print was smoother if I used the brayer to add ink to my inking mat and pressed my plate onto the mat to pick up the ink, rather than adding the ink to the plate using the brayer.  Once again I used my  clean up card as the background and trimmed it down once finished.

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