Sunday 11 September 2016

2016 #17 Gelli Print ATCs{ by Alison Hall}

2016 Topic 17: Making Marks

Hi everyone Alison (Craftytrog) here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about using a variety of tools to make interesting marks on your Gelli Plate prints.

I adore my Gelli Plates! I have 3. I love the fact that you can never make the same background twice. I never throw anything away if I think it will make an interesting texture for a background. I used my Gelli Plate print with some PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog stamps to make some ATCs.

Step One: I've used a 10x8 inch Gelli Plate, and I began by adding small dots of Fresco Finish Paint in Blue Oyster, Smurf, China, Lavender, Wisteria, and Purple Rain.

Step Two: I used a brayer to roll out the paint, trying not to blend the colours too much.

Step Three: Here are the tools I used to make marks in the paint. There's bubble wrap, table protector, corrugated card, a piece of Lego, a small plastic tube, a wooden coffee stirrer, and some plastic aida.

I randomly used the tools all over the painted Gelli Plate until I had an all over abstract pattern.

Step Four: I used White Smoothy Stamping Card to take my print. As the sheet of card is larger than the Gelli Plate, I didn't just lay the card down. I pressed the card into the paint many times, until the whole sheet was covered. Below you can see two prints on the left that I made this way. On the top right is a ghost print that I made with the paint that was left on the Gelli Plate each time.

At the end, I brayered Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint onto the plate, then took a print, which removed all the tiny bits of blue and purple paint leftovers, and created the lovely muted print that you can see bottom right.

Step Five: I cut three ATC size pieces from one of my prints. They are each 3.5 x 2.5 inches. I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the faces from Ink and the Dog 'Kids' Plate 6 onto White Smoothy Card. I also stamped the words background from 'Petals' Plate 1 three times onto White Smoothy Card and cut them out. I gathered some torn music sheet and gold paper trim to to use on my ATCs too.

 'Kids' Plate 6 
'Petals' Plate 1

Step Six: To assemble my ATCs, I first used a black pen to add some scribbly circles on the backgrounds. Next, I added a little background stamping with the numbers from 'Gentlemen' Plate 4
I inked the edges of the cut out stamped words with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, cut out one of the faces, & glued this on top, then layered this with a piece of Vintage Photo inked music paper onto the ATC. 
I added some gold paper trim, stamped a phrase from 'Gentlemen' Plate 4, inked the edges of the ATC with Vintage Photo, then matted it onto black card to finish.

I had so much fun making my ATCs, that I made a little bonus one!

To finish, I stamped the Ink and the Dog ATC mini 21 onto the lighter Gelli Plate print four times, cut them out and attached them to the back of my ATCs. After adding my details, they're all ready to swap!

 Ink and the Dog  mini 21

There are so many things you could use to make marks on your Gelli prints, have a look around to see what you can find. Just don't use anything sharp that will permanently mark your plate! Lace, bottle caps, corks, string, and fancy yarn are some other things you could use. The sky's your limit! I hope I've inspired you today. Anyone up for an ATC swap?!

Alison x
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Fabulous Alison, I think Gelli plates and mark making go so well together. The unpredictability is so exciting and the bold blackness of Ink and the Dog stamps adds so much punch on top of those backgrounds. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

love your gelli prints and the resulting atcs, they're gorgeous...

Julie Lee said...

Fabulous little ATCs. I love the effects you got with the gelli plates and mark making tools! Those Ink and the Dog stamps are just perfect for the project too! xx

Miriam said...

Your gelli prints and ATC are fabulous Alison

Wendy Mallas said...

Yes yes yes! Always up for an ATC swap xx 😊 xx

Wendy Mallas said... ATCs are ace, by the way. 😊

Lucy Edmondson said...

Brilliant Alison,you are so good with the gelli plate and the things you have found for mark making are great,

Lucy x

Lauren Hatwell said...

They're gorgeous Alison. Lx

Ruth said...

Beautiful little works of Art Alison, love these atc's and the stamps work so well with them! Ruth x

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Absolutely stunning Alison and you've given me a big nudge to dust off my Gelli plate although I've only got one 😉
Donna xx

Artmadnana said...

Absolutely gorgeous ATCs. I love the colours you've used. The marks have come out so well and of course the images just complete them so well.

Words and Pictures said...

Lovely gelli-plate-mark-making, and the finished ATCs are fabulous!
Alison x

PaperArtsy said...

Wow Alison love your gellie print idea and love how the stamps were all pulled together!!! Thanks! ~Leandra

Deborah Wainwright said...

Fabulous Alison! Xx

Etsuko said...

Fabulous Making Marks ATC project Alison!! Love the Gelli Plate effected and great way to use the Ink and the Dog stamps. xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! What great ATCS and brilliant inspiration! Chrisx

craftimamma said...

Fabulous Alison! Ilove your Gelli prints (still not confident with mine, lol) and what gorgeous backgrounds they made. Nice combination of stamps too.

Lesley Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Loving your gelli plate work Alison. Great images too! Xx

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous ATCs!