Thursday 17 May 2018

Alcohol Ink Gelli Background Tag: Nature

The background for this tag was created using a technique seen on YouTube demonstrated by Sally Lynn MacDonald (see HERE).  I loved having a go at it and have ended up with some fabulous clean up sheets for further use as well.
I started by laying the Wild Privet stencil by Claritystamp onto my large gel plate.  I added drops of alcohol inks in shades of green, yellow, red and orange.  These were brayered out and allowed to dry.
Once the ink was dry, the stencil was removed.  I cleaned it off by laying it onto copy paper, adding a little blending solution and running the brayer over it again.  I got two 'prints' which will also be used as backgrounds in future.

Buff Titanium paint was added to my glass mat and my clean brayer primed.  A thin layer of paint was added to the alcohol ink pattern on the gel plate and a #8 manilla tag laid over the top.  Another piece of copy paper covered the whole gel plate and I burnished it with my fingers until the print was ready to come away cleanly.
The whole of the tag was printed and I also have the remainder of the copy paper for further use.  In hindsight, I could have left the stencil in place for a little longer on the gel plate after adding the alcohol ink, as some bled underneath before being completely dry.
Next, I stamped the Butterfly Tree (also from Claritystamp) directly onto the tag using Versamark ink.  It was heat embossed in Aged Hunter embossing enamel from Stampendous.
I added the word Nature using the Word Chain Alphabet (Claritystamp), again stamping in Versamark ink, but this time heat embossing in Aged Taupe embossing enamel.  I went round each of the letters using a dark brown Staedtler Triplus fine liner pen.
To finish, the rest of the quote was printed using my Dymo Letratag, trimmed and added to the tag.

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