Wednesday 2 September 2015

2015 #16 Secret Garden {by Alison Hall}

Topic 16: Circles

Hi everyone Alison/Craftytrog here, joining you this evening with a card, which features a background made with the 4" Round Gelli Plate. This Gelli Plate is my favourite, I'm just mad about using circles in my art right now, and it makes fabulous layered backgrounds, especially when you use bubble wrap! I also used one of my fave new Hotpicks, HP1504, you can guess that this is a favourite of mine, with all those circles, not to mention that brilliant face with the birds on branches hair!

Step One: To make the background for my card, I used the 4" Round Gelli Plate like a stamp, so I first placed it onto a 6x6" stamp block. I chose 2 green Fresco Paints, Limelight & Hey Pesto, and 2 blues, Beach Hut & South Pacific. For each print of the Gelli Plate, I used a brayer to apply a small dot of paint onto the plate, pressed a piece of bubble wrap into it, then stamped it onto a sheet of White Smoothy Card.

Step Two: I used each paint colour individually, overlapping the prints, and stamping all over the card, until my background looked like this. For my card background, I cut a piece approximately 5.5" square.

Step Three: Next, I used black archival ink to stamp some collage flower shapes from HPXT02, onto white tissue. I also used black stazon ink to stamp 3 of the face collage from HP1504, onto shrink plastic. I used a pre-sanded piece of shrink plastic, as this makes it easier to stamp onto, but you could use a sanding block to sand a clear piece yourself.

Step Four: When the ink was completely dry, I cut out the faces from the shrink plastic, then painted them on the stamped sides thinly with South Pacific, Hey Pesto and Snowflake Fresco, before shrinking them with a heat gun. This way the clear un-sanded side of the faces will be the fronts.

Step Five: I used black archival ink to stamp the birds & branches border from HP1005, onto white tissue (3 times), tore it out, and used multi medium matte to adhere it along the bottom of my background. I stamped just the stem part of the dandelion from HP1005 three times for my flower stems. I also stamped the circle border from HP1504 around the edges. I cut out 3 medium and 3 small tissue flower collages, crumpled them up, and layered them with the shrink plastic heads. On a spare piece of background, I stamped the book plate from HP1504 & the quote from HP1005, then cut it out, and inked the edges with black archival.

Step Six: I used glossy accents to adhere the flowers, and black brads to attach the bookplate quote. Covering up the flowers and quote, I flicked watered down Little Black Dress Fresco Paint, using a round paintbrush. I decided the flowers needed something extra, so I stamped the face collage from HP1504 onto white smoothy card 3 times, cut out the eyes, and used glossy accents to adhere them to the faces. 

I finished my card by mounting my artwork onto black card, then attaching it to a 7x7" white card blank.

Those flowers made me so happy, especially after I added the eyes! Lol! In hindsight, I would have added less black paint splatters, I do tend to get carried away sometimes! Anyway, I hope I've inspired you to dig out that round Gelli Plate if you have one, and make some colourful backgrounds. It's addictive! The translucent Fresco paints work really well for this technique, as you can make other colours when they overlap.

Have a  creative day!

Alison x

Blog: Craftytrog's Inky Adventures
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OMG Alison. this had me laughing so those heads in the flowers!! And the gelli BG is fabulous with those great layers of colour and printing like that looks so much fun! Thanks for making my day! ~Leandra

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Helen said...

what a fantastic card, Alison - those flower heads are inspired!! real flower heads, too lol!! the bubble wrap gelli background is wonderful.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Alison! I had to do a double take - love those flower heads! Jennie x

Words and Pictures said...

They're fabulous… could've sworn the heads were 3D when I first looked - such a fun creation!
Alison x

Anneke said...

Beautiful gelli print and a lovely secret garden :)

Julie Lee said...

Fabulously original, Alison! I love this Secret Garden! It looks like a place where all kinds of enchantment could happen. You always make me think about investing in a gelli plate because your work with it is so inspiring! Here it provides the perfect background for those fantastic images! xx

Flo Langley said...

Brilliant project Alison :)

Unknown said...

Brilliant card Alison! Like Butterfly Alison I also thought the heads were 3D initially. Love that fact, I love it all!

Lesley Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Brilliant! Love those funky flowers Alison.


Deborah Wainwright said...

Love this Alison, fabulous colours and the flowers are magnificent too hugs Deb xxx

Kirsten said...

Fab card, Alison!

Susan Battensby said...

Great flowers. Love your gelli printed background.
Gelli printing is such fun, never really know how it will turn out! (Or is that just me)

Lin said...

Brilliant Alison I love it!!

Julia Aston said...

Love the circles, the great colors and fun faces! Julia xx

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous card, in fact so much more than a card and the most fabulous use of that stamp.

Etsuko said...

Gorgeous card Alison, I love the flowers faces and fab background. Really adore this creation. xx

~*~Patty S said...

Love your fresh and very cool Secret Garden creation Alison!!!