Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Faux Gelli Plate - Photo how to..

Well, afternoon all

Thanks for the comments here and on facebook about yesterday's card . As promised today's post will be a "photo how to.." to achieve this result. Trust me it is straightforward :-).

You will need:
One unloved tan embossing mat
A brayer
Stamp of choice and rocker block
Mixing palette
Spray bottle of water
Primary elements and the powder binder*

 I have found that the key to this technique is  to work fairly quickly and to get the consistency  of the paint right.  It is worth getting everything ready as you will want to work quickly once the paint is mixed.

Using the bigger end of the scoop in the Primary Elements kit  measure out roughly half a scoop of pigment to a generous scoop of binder and add about 9 drops of water  - mix well to a syrupy consistency.

Lightly and evenly spritz a bit of paper with water and leave it to one side whilst you drop paint on mat and spread it out using brayer.

Stamp into "paint" firmly and cover with paper, spritzed side down.

2 quick light but firm passes of brayer and peel away immediately and done!

And finally add a light coat of spray and shine to seal it.

As you can see I road tested this several times hence the different colours in the pics ;-)! Spritzing the paper with water and getting the consistency of the paint right will ensure that the paper peels off easily.However if it does stick ( and a couple of mine did initially) just rinse the mat with water to clean it and start again!!

  *The powder binder in the primary elements kit is gum arabic powder which is widely available.

Don't forget to watch Sheena's shows tomorrow on Create and Craft at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Have fun playing :-)


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Faux Gelli fun

Hi y'all

I've been left to my own devices again and that is always dangerous!  Sheena has a couple of shows on Create and Craft this Thursday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and I decided to have a play...

Now I really want a gelli plate but it is on the wish list ( and a fair way down...) so I was looking around to see what else I had that I could adapt. I happened to glance at an old tan embossing mat and a brayer....ah hah!

Here is the resulting card  made using the glorious Gothic arches. It is printed using primary elements and the powder binder that is in the kits. I rather like the end result; the detail of the original stamp is retained.- it reminds me of an old lino print. Another plus is that clean up is very easy because the products are water based .

Once the impression was transferred to paper it was sealed with a quick spritz of spray and shine :-).

I am hoping  it might make it to a  Sheena show demo on Thursday  - I will endeavour to do a picture tutorial on the blog tomorrow.

Have a great afternoon

Monday, 8 April 2013

Quick Post... Port Sunlight and Wor Sheena is ontele tomorrow!


Well this month is fair whizzing by! Had a fab day yesterday in Port Sunlight  being one of Sheena's little helpers.. wow keeps you fit - I'll say that! What an amazing group of ladies and a gent!! Got to play putting the fantasy fusion paints through their paces and I think everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!!! Can't wait for the next one!!

On the subject of  things fantastical Sheena has 2  shows tomorrow at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Stamping Sheena Style ( Why can't I type that without the vision of Sheena and a Gangnam Style dance coming into my head???) The shows are the rescheduled ones using the fantasy fusion paints and fantasy florals.

I do like this sample - OK I know orange not everyone's cup of tea but it makes me smile every time I see it!

Feel the love and have a great day!