We're heading back to basics with this Gel Press® blog hop. I had a look around the house to see what I could use to create patterns and textures with my plate.
Starting with my 8 x 10 Gel Press plate, some black paint and a brayer:
The results of my experiments are wonderfully interesting! I decided to use black paint so that the effects would show up well on white paper. I spread black paint onto the Gel Press® plate, pressed the item onto the plate and pulled the print. Here we go:
Here's what bubble wrap looks like:
And giant bubble wrap:
I went into the garden and found a nice Cycad leaf. It's relatively flat and quite sturdy:
Then I pressed the end of a cardboard roll into the paint to create a pattern of interlocking circles:
Next I found some hard plastic packaging:
And some softer plastic packaging (from some delicious donuts):
Then I found some thick sturdy Christmas trim. I pressed it onto the paint on the plate, pulled a print, then removed the trim and pulled another print:
And here is some thick twine. The print on the left is the result of pulling a print with the twine in place, and the print on the right is the ghost print when the twine was removed (it reminds me of pictures I've seen of Ebola virus!):
Lastly I scrunched up a plastic shopping bag and pressed it repeatedly into the paint on the plate:
I had myself quite a collection of black and white prints in just a short time. They're fine to use as they are, but I went ahead and pulled out my colour sprays. Once these dry, I will use them as backgrounds for cards and perhaps even some art journaling:
Thanks for looking! I hope you've enjoyed my ideas. The design team has some awesome back to basic ideas for you to check out. Here's the list:
This is the card I created using Darkroom Door's cute new Photo stamp VW Beetle:
I went for a more vintage look for this image - my Dad used to own one of these when I was born and with his recent passing I have been in a nostalgic mood. I wish he'd kept that car to hand down to me, but I remember him complaining it sounded too much like a sewing machine LOL.
This is such a great image - the rest of the girls have gone to town with it! There are some fabulously bright happy samples on the Darkroom Door blog if you'd like to check them out.
I used my Gel Press® plate to create these little fabric heart decorations:
I will use these to decorate gifts I plan to give in the coming weeks. They'll look fabulous tied onto a gift bag made from kraft paper! Here's how I made them:
I used my 8 x 10 Gel Press® gel printing plate, calico fabric and acrylic paint from DecoArt. I don't plan to ever wash these, so fabric medium is not necessary.
Apply acrylic paint to gel printing plate. I created a unique design using string and thread:
Once the fabric was printed and dried well, I folded each strip in half and drew heart shapes on the back. I didn't use a template as I wanted each heart to be unique.
I then stuck a pin through both layers of fabric and cut each heart shape out. Then I turned the shapes over and repinned them. I even cut little heart shapes from the left over bits of fabric - these will be used in a future project.
At this stage, I decided the shapes needed a little more detail, so I stamped some images on them using black and plum ink. I used a sewing machine to stitch the matching shapes together, and stuffed them with hobby fill before stitching them closed.
I added some twill and a fabric flower so that they're ready to use as a gift tag decoration:
Thanks for looking.
You can find loads more ideas on what to make with your Gel Press® gel printing plates on the Facebook group: Gel Press™ Junkies, and YouTube channel.
The background was done by inking up the stamp and repeatedly lining it up and stamping. I then created a background by repeatedly stamping one of the smaller patterns and cutting flowers from it and some blue cardstock.
To see heaps more wonderful work using products from these two companies, please start at the beginning on the Imagine Crafts blog. If you've started at the beginning and wish to continue down the list the next blog belongs to the lovely Lydia Evans.
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I put together this frame using a bunch of Prima products from HobbySew Echuca:
The centre piece is a resin flaming heart that has been coloured with acrylic paints. There are Prima Art Stones and Mini Art Stones scattered around the heart, and everything was given a bit of a Midas touch with Prima Mica powder I made up into a spray:
I folded some stripe ribbon into a bit of a banner and added some words from the Montmartre stamp set from Darkroom Door: