Sunday 23 August 2020

Friends Become Family

Good Morning
Meet today's card.
Something I made using my Gel Plate and some grasses I picked up on my walk.  I love being able to use natural elements on my backgrounds to give interest.
Someone told me this effect is call 'cyanotype'.  I looked it up and it is an old photographing process...interesting.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and got out my Gel Plate.
  • Using my Speedball brayer, I rolled on some blue and purple paint that I got from the Dollar Tree.  The paint is a lot more watery then the better quality paints.  I find it doesn't cover as well, leaving some white areas behind which I like.  
  • After I covered the plate, I carefully laid down the grasses onto the paint.  *I found using a tweezers for this process to be most helpful....I didn't want to get my fingerprint in the paint.
  • I immediately laid my cardstock panel over the plate and rubbed all over.  When I lifted off the paper, I was left with a white area where the grasses had been.
  • I let the piece dry completely before going onto the next steps.
  • I placed the dry print into my Misti and stamped the thistles and the sentiment.  I clear heat embossed them to make them pop more over the painted background.
  • I simply mounted the panel onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Mix it Up- ANYTHING GOES> embossing
The Artistic Stamper- ANYTHING GOES
Creative Knockouts- SOMETHING TO SAY

Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Friends (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Acrylic Paint, Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Speedball Brayer; Misti; clear eb powder; heat tool; grasses 


I Card Everyone said...

I'm so happy to see that thistle, and Queen Anne's lace again, Karen! What a fun way to reserve the white space on your panel!
I choose you, btw!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely gorgeous and love the colors.

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Karen, love the colours of your geli print and one of my favourite stamps :)

Bunny said...

It's a beautiful card and I love the sentiment. [Bunny]

sallysbitz2 said...

This is stunning, love your technique with the background, looks so effective. The saying is absolutely 100% right.

hugs sally x

Pat said...

Another gorgeous gelli plate background Karen, and the grasses show up really well leaving their imprint, and the beautiful wild flower silhouettes work really well over the top together with that wonderful sentiment. x

jaybea said...

The effect you obtained with the gel plate is just right with enough of the white showing through I personally like it that way as well Your card is lovely
Thanks for joining us at Creative Knockouts

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful Gelli Plate acrylic background for your stamped nature flowers and sentiment, Karen. So cool the way you added the grasses for a negative white effect. You are so creative and clever, my friend. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

Lori m said...

Gorgeous card and sentiment, you make the prettiest backgrounds, hugs, Lori m

cuilliesocks said...

Just so beautiful Karen, lovely silhouette image and gorgeous background, Kate x

Bonnie said...

I love these backgrounds where you use the natural elements, Karen! The white grass makes a wonderful contrast with the background color and stamped wildflowers!

Bobby said...

You are turning into a great nature artist, Karen. And you always have the best sentiments to go with them.

Loll said...

Another fabulous card using some of nature in your design. Gorgeous colours from your gelli plate background. The grasses are so cool and have an ethereal look. And beautiful thistles ... lovely! xx

Mac Mable said...

You know that I don't always comment straight away until I find time to read how you do your marvellous cards Karen x. So glad that I read this one (too)...What a fun and unique 'cyanotype' technique ....Thank you for the tip too and thank you for your amazing inspiration Karen x.

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh Karen, this is gorgeous!

Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts!

Whimsey said...

Beautiful; love the background and solid images - so gorgeous!!

Thank you for joining us at Mix It Up! Hope to see you again next month!
~Michele, DT