Sunday, 2 August 2020


Here is another card I created using my Gel Plate.
This time, I picked some long grasses on my walk and thought I would use them to see what kind of effect I could achieve.  The grasses were very wispy, so I knew that would give a subtle effect which was what I was going for.

So here are my card details.
  • I began by pulling all my supplies needed together.  Gel Plate, brayer, acrylic paints, grasses I had picked and paper for taking the print.
  • I brayered on shades of blue, blending them onto my Gel Plate.  I don't really clean my Gel Plate so there were bits of navy left behind from a previous inking which added to the look.
  • When I was happy with the inking, I carefully placed the grasses onto the plate, positioning them where I wanted some white space.
  • Next, I laid on a piece of heavy white cardstock and rubbed firmly over the surface.  *I also use what is called a Baren from Speedball to press firmly and rub over the surface.  It is a tool used when print making and I have found it to be helpful in getting the print to cover the whole panel when lifting the print.
  • I set the panel aside to dry completely.  As you can see, the grasses left the area white which was perfect to add some stamping to.
  • I place the panel into my Misti and stamped the baby's breathe and the sentiment using some Faded Jeans Distress Archival ink.  
  • I added some small crystals randomly that look black in the photo but are actually clear.
  • I simply mounted the panel onto a heavy white square base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- CMS01 Nature's Moments (Tim Holtz)
Inks- Faded Jeans Distress Archival (TH); acrylic paint (Dollar Store)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Gel Plate; Brayer (Speedball); 
Baren (Speedball); grasses; clear crystals


marilyn said...

Absolutely love this! Clever idea using the grasses too... You just have a wonderful ability to pull together backgrounds, stamps & sentiments to make a fabulous card.

Tina Hanks said...

Its absolutely wonderful. I am going to have to try this. I'll need to get a gel plate? And I'll Google the baren by Speedball

Claire (Mrs H) said...

Wow it has created quite an effect
Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

Pat said...

Such a pretty blue and the darker blue for the baby's breath and sentiment looks perfect Karen. I love that bit of white where you placed the grass which just gives some interesting highlights to the piece. A beautiful card. x

Jules said...

Hi Karen

I love this very much.

A great background for the foliage and that wonderful sentiment.

Love Jules xx

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Karen, I love the effect of using the wispy grass :)

kiwimeskreations said...

You really are rocking the use of your gelli plate Karen - this is amazing
Stay safe

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

GORGEOUS, yep! I'm shouting LOL.
Faith x

Susan said...

Glorious shades of blue!! I love it. Also love that sentiment.

I Card Everyone said...

Karen it sounds like Mother Nature provided another perfect tool for your craft-time today!
You amaze me... and I still look forward to the day when I can watch you in action!
Phenomenal - and a wonderful sentiment, too!

Verna Angerhofer said...

A wonderful card design with the blue and silhouette images.

Bonnie said...

I love when you use live botanicals on your gelli plate, Karen! This is beautiful!

cuilliesocks said...

Your background is fabulous and the grasses silhouette is beautiful, such a lovely sentiment too, Kate x

Mac Mable said...

What a beautiful background using the gel plate and the grasses from your walk x. The tonal effect of your fabulous card looks wonderful Karen x.

Susie Jefferson said...

Beautiful! Gorgeous meld of blues. Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Susie (DT) 1stFloorFlat xoxo