Happy #TexturalTuesday! Lisa back with you and lemme tell ya today is an exciting day as I got to try something new: Gelli Printing!! Have you all caught on to this trend yet?!! Wowza! I know that's it's been around for a little while but I'd never tried it until just recently and it's a whole heckuva lottta messy fun! :) Here is what I created just to give you a taste (and I only used a portion of my print):
Gelli Printing is (basically) creating your own backgrounds or mono-prints using acrylic paints and textures and stencils. You only get ONE mono-print, but you can add additional color to get another print or use what's left on the plate to get what's called a "ghost print". I know, it gets a little overwhelming.
SO! Now that you have a basic idea of what Gelli Printing and mono-printing is (thank you, Julie), let me show you what I did.
I also used the 6" x 6" Gelli Plate and I used Blackberry Violet Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint with a Catalyst Wedge tool for some grooves. The top piece is my monoprint and the bottom is the "ghost" print. I'll be using the monoprint to make my card.
Taking the piece of monoprint paper (ensuring that it's dried) I die cut the largest heart from the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Folk Hearts by Julie Ebersole and then I also die-cut the next size down from the inside of that heart.
Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4' x 5.25" and (on the smooth side) scribble Gelatos® in Fig, Metallic Grape, and Silver Ice on the paper randomly. Using a paintbrush loosely paint the Gelatos® colors allowing them to drip and blend. It is usually best to "paint" each color separately to prevent muddiness. Allow the Gelatos® to dry or heat set.
Position open heart over corner to your liking and so it doesn't obscure sentiment. Add adhesive to back section of heart that will attach to card front. (I wound up realizing that a rounded corner would look more appealing so I did that afterwards, but it's easier to do beforehand...trust me!)
Add small 3D Foam Squares to the back of the small heart and position to your liking.
Die-cut a selection of hearts using Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Home & Hearth by Julie Ebersole and silver glitter paper. That tiny heart is just the cutest!
The card front is DONE! Now just attach it to an A2 card base using Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Licorice Twist and add another strip of silver glitter paper and a coordinating piece of patterned paper. Too Cute!
I know that I, personally, need a LOT more practice with the Gelli Plates, but I think that it's a fun tool for making backgrounds and unique shapes for your art. I'm curious to know if YOU have a Gelli Plate and how you like to use it. Tell me in the comments!
Here's a little close-up of my finished card before I go:
Wishing you a TERRIFIC Tuesday!