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.



  1. What a wonderful box Nikki with the great mix of colors and fun patterns! Such a lovely place to save your techniques and ideas for crafting! I know I often forget how I made things! Thanks for joining in my challenge this month! xx

  2. So creative Nikki and I love the wonderful colours/layers on your fabulous box/idea cards x So clever xx TFS

    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  3. What a fabulous box! I loved seeing how it came together and your gelli plate prints look amazing with the warm colours and patterns - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy September! Hugs, Jo x

  4. Fabulous creativity , Nikki and love your idea of a box full on prompts to inspire creativity when mojo is lacking .
    Hugs x

  5. Oh wow, what a super creative project and such a great idea!! Love the fabulous box design and what a super way to store those cards!! Great inspiration and a super tutorial!! I am itching now to make a set like this now....

  6. The layers of colour and pattern here are so exciting - a really eye-catching look, and certain to inspire you when you reach for it, without you even having to open it up and look inside! Fabulous!
    Alison x

  7. I don't just like your little box, I LOVE it, Nikki! And it's so YOU! You are so kind to share your dimensions and now I must give this a go! Great idea and fabulous artwork to inspire! Hugs!

  8. What a wonderful box Nikki!! Love this colorful box, it's really catching my eyes.
    Ann xx

  9. Nikki I love so much your colorful and original creativity! Your projects are never predictable, I love the idea of never knowing exactly how your work will be! This one has a really beautiful design and fantastic use of bold colors! Barbara

  10. Such a fabulous idea to create something to help you create something else! Your box is fabulous and so colourful ! Fabulous idea and fabulous creativity x


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