Thursday 26 September 2019

New stamps - Christmas with PaperArtsy / Sara Naumann

I am sharing some ideas over at PaperArtsy this evening using the new stamps from Sara Naumann. I have also used some of the new colours of Fresco Finish Acrylics creating my background.

There are also a couple of quick videos demonstrating the background creation  (using a gelli plate) and also two tone image stamping. 

Nikki xxxx

Sunday 8 September 2019

An Inchie and a Half

Hi - I am over at PaperArtsy with a quick post on this simple card on the theme of inchies and twinchies! Love a bit of geometry to added some circles to the mix!

Loving these stamps from Courtney Franich and was happy to do some samples for their release back in July. You can see the original post here or take a peek at the photos below!

Back soon - hopefully
An erratic blogger these days!

Friday 6 September 2019

Gelli Printed Techniques Box

Gel plate printed box
Today sees a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - 'Box it Up. Julia is our host this month and describes the challenge:

This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I have been playing with my gel plates and monoprinting recently so decided to make a box for different techniques and ideas. The box is designed to fit ATC's so I can store my ideas or samples ATC size.

Box Dimensions
As ATC's are 2.5 x 3.5 inches my box was designed at 3.75 wide, 2.75 high and 2.5 deep.
So for the base my card measured 9.25 x 8 inches. I scored on the long side at 2.75 and 6.5 and on the shorter side at 2.75 and 5.25.
I make my lids 1/8 of an inch bigger.
So my card was 6 and 3/8 x 5 and 1/8. Scoring on the long side at 1.25 (1 and 2/8) and 5 and 1/8 and on the short side at 1.25 and 3 and 7/8.

I painted one side of each cut piece of card and added a little stencilling and stamping - these become the inside of the box. I sealed with matt medium as I was going to turn them over and make a mess so wanted to be able to wipe if any stray paint found itself onto the surface.

Next I worked on the card that would be the outside of the box.
I used a small gel plate, added a colour with a brayer (PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paint) and then added a pattern with either a stamp or stencil. I then stamped the gel plate onto the card in patches in different places. I repeated this many times with different colours - sometime working over a previously coloured area. I added a little sponged paint through a stencil (circles) to bring the varied patterns together a little bit.
The finished box with a few ATC samples!
Gel plate printed box
I hope you like my little box! Lots more box like inspiration at A Vintage Journey today - be good to see you there.