Friday 6 August 2021

Beautiful Botanicals

Hello and Welcome
I so appreciate that you have dropped in to see what I have been up to.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am taking an online class from Vicki Boutin, learning techniques for some fun creating Gel Plate prints.
This is another print I pulled during the class using some leaves from my backyard.

So here's what I did to create my card. 
  • I took out a piece of white cardstock, my Gel Plate, brayer and some Liquitex Basics acrylic paint.
  • I squeezed some green paint onto my plate and brayered it all out, covering the whole surface.
<< Helpful Tip:  One of the struggles with Gel Printing seems to be the amount of paint used.  You don't need a lot of paint, I brayer off the excess paint onto a piece of cardstock I keep nearby to remove some of the paint. >>

  • After the whole surface was covered with paint, I gently laid the leaf onto the plate.
  • I took my piece of white cardstock and rubbed it all over the plate.  
  • At this point, I lifted the cardstock from the corner, being sure not to pull it off all the way and removed the leaf.  I laid the cardstock back down and rubbed again to get the leaf impression.  I just love the impression I was able to get with all the leaf details.

Here is the print I pulled.

  • I set the print aside to dry completely before moving on to the next steps of making it into a card.
  • Now I was ready to cut the pulled print down into a card front panel.  I wanted to try and figure out how to get the best part of the print to cut. To best do this, I pulled out my Marvelous Masks Rectangles.  They were the perfect solution to finding the best look.
  • Using the rectangle mask, I was able to move it around over my print and find the best spot that I wanted to cut out.  I added a few little pencil marks in the corner of my mask to show me where to cut and I was able to make the perfect card front panel using this technique.  The nice thing about these masks is that they also come in different sizes so you can change the size of you card panel if you are cutting if from a larger print.
  • Next, I splattered with my white Posca pen then placed the panel into my Misti.
  • I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession with some Versafine Clair Nocture and then clear heat embossed it.  
  • I glued the finished panel onto a piece of white cardstock, then foam taped it onto my white card panel.

Here are the masks I used:

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- JUST BECAUSE
Try it on Tuesday- KEEP IT SIMPLE

Stamps- Gentle Hugs (IO)
Inks- Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Marvelous Masks Rectangle (ACLD); white Posca pen; Gel Plate;
Speedball brayer; green Basics acrylic paint; clear eb powder; heat tool


Pat said...

This looks great and I will be giving this technique a try as the detail on the leaves looks terrific Karen, and the finished card is really pretty. x

My name is Erika. said...

This is amazing. I love the idea of pressing leaves onto a gelli plate. I am going to try that. Your image is quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Try It on Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...


Mac Mable said...

Striking card and I enjoyed reading the process Karen x. It is such a unique and wonderful effect with the plate and the leaf and this is on my 'to do' list....Thank you Karen x.

SherylH said...

Such a gorgeous technique and card!

I Card Everyone said...

Karen this is so cool! Loving reading how you do it, in your detailed instructions. But I think I'll LEAVE this one up to the pro: YOU!!

Christine Alexander said...

I love this technique and your card is , I need to grab some leaves before they start falling XX

kiwimeskreations said...

Love this technique Karen - and your instructions are always so clear and understandable. A fabulous card as a result - awesome use of the masks to work out the piece that you wanted to use
Stay safe

Sarn said...

Fantastic card and technique.
I'm off to get my gelli plate and some paint out . . . .!
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Imke said...

Wow what a great technique, Karen - it´s such a beautiful card. Thanks for joining our "Just Because" Challenge over @ Little Red Wagon. Hope to see you back again soon.


Susan said...

Wow, Karen, what a beautiful gelli print! Thanks for explaining how you did it!

Loll said...

Hi Karen. I am really enjoying the prints you are making from your garden leaves. They make the most beautiful cards. xx

Bonnie said...

I love how this technique adds details back into the leaves! A beautiful card and another fantastic sentiment, my friend!

Tammy L said...

Stunning! What an amazing card. I love the texture in this. Really fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again soon.
Tammy DT Co-ordinator.

Meggymay said...

This is a beautiful card and leaf print. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very gorgeous!