A couple of weeks ago, one of my art crushes Kim Dellow showed a great way to use your Gelli Plate on Instagram.
I had to try it out that day and I am so pleased I did.
I have been using the Gelli Plates with varying degrees of success, but I think now with this simple technique I will be getting much better backgrounds.
All you have to do is cover the Gelli Plate in a colour using a brayer, then stamp that onto paper (I chose to use watercolour paper). Then clean the plate and put a stencil over it and then add paint over that using a brayer. Remove the stencil and stamp over your solid colour - voila! amazing backgrounds.
Here are mine -
Aren't they pretty?
From left to right clockwise, the stencils are by Dutchdoobado, Tim Holtz, Dina Wakely, Dutchdoobado and Recollections.
I have only made cards using 3 of them so far, the main photo is my fave, it makes me laugh.
I thought that background looked a bit Jungle, so it needed a Dinosaur (The Alley Way Stamps, sadly no longer in business) and I added balloons that are a mix of dies and punches. I coloured the balloons using distress stains and the Dino using distress inks. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.
The next two cards use roughly the same idea, giant die-cut sentiment, finished with a stamped sentiment.
|Wplus9 happy die, Neat & Tangled birthday stamp|
|Winnie & Walter birthday die, Neat & Tangled happy stamp|