Thursday, 26 May 2016

Male Card with Gel Press

Welcome to our "Just For Him" blog hop with Gel Press™!  

Please take time to hop through all the great blogs of our designers for inspiration, and leave a comment or two as you go.  Go back to the Gel Press™ blog and leave a comment telling us which blog gave you the most inspiration!  We will draw a random winner from the comments to win a prize from Gel Press™!!!

Here's my project, a masculine good luck card:

and here's how I used my 8 x 10" Gel Press™ Gel Plate to make the background:

Step 1
Gather supplies: Gel Plate, brayer, acrylic paint (Golden Quin Nickel Azo Gold, Mars Black), a page from an old dictionary, white tissue paper and a couple of stencils.

Step 2
Brayer a thin layer of Quin Nickel Azo Gold onto the gel plate, then apply a stencil with large holes. Pull a print on some scrap paper, then remove the stencil and quickly pull a print onto the dictionary page.

 The dictionary page will have large spaces with no paint:

Step 3
Apply a layer of black paint to the gel plate using a brayer, lay over this a stencil with small holes (eg cracks), lay the dictionary page over this and pull the print.

Step 4
Apply a layer of adhesive (I have used XPress-GraphX TripleTac, but you can used Matte Medium, PVA or Gel Medium), then apply tissue paper. Smooth out the tissue paper to minimise but not completely eradicate wrinkles.

Step 5
While smoothing out the tissue paper, some of it may tear. Fret not - this only adds to the vintage effect:

Once dry, this background is ready to use on a card. 

Now, here's the hop list for you to visit:

Don't forget to leave a comment or two as you go, then on the Gel Press™ blog at the end! Good luck!

Want a bonus chance to win a prize from Gel Press™?  Between now and Father's Day (June 19, 2016) create your own "Just For Him" project and post it on our Facebook page Gel Press Junkies!  Everyone that plays along will be entered in a drawing as well.  Yes, we would love you to use a Gel Press™ in your entry- but you don't have to! Just make a fabulous project featuring Fathers Day and post it!  Maybe you will win a Gel Press™! 
To qualify for the drawing: 
1) You may enter a maximum of 3 times with individual projects.
2) You must be 18 years old.
3) You must live in the USA.
4) Mentioning other products or other companies in your post disqualifies your project.

Darkroom Door's Bold Arrows Eclectic stamp

Here's a card using a new stamp from Darkroom Door called Bold Arrows:

They're solid with a little scratched texture in them, and they can be used vertically or horizontally. It's exciting for me to have an image that can be used on masculine creations, but check out the samples from the rest of the team on the Darkroom Door blog - it can certainly be used for feminine cards too!

Thanks for dropping in today!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cog Collection Eclectic stamp

This is a card I made using a very useful addition to the Darkroom Door line up called Cog Collection:

 How awesome to have a bunch of cogs to stamp! They look fantastic peeking out from under a main image on any steampunk style project.

There's a heap more ideas on the Darkroom Door blog - check them out!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

A card set for Hobbysew Echuca

I used a bunch of awesome products from Hobbysew Echuca to create this little set here:

I prepared a video to show how I put together the bookmark using the Prima Adhesive Rub Ons and foil - love these products! You can see the post on the Hobbysew Echuca blog, and link up to the video from there.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 6 May 2016

Fleur de Lis from Darkroom Door

Fleur de Lis is one of six new Eclectic Stamps from Darkroom Door. If there was ever a way to inject a certain elegance to a project, it would have to be with a fleur de lis image. Here's a card I made in navy, cream and gold:

There are more ideas on the Darkroom Door blog. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Darkroom Door Fine Flowers

I had a play with Darkroom Door's new Fine Flowers set - and loved them!!

Designed by Godelieve to match her Carved Flowers set, they are fantastic with and without their partner set.  I have a few samples to share today.

This one was treated with Ken Oliver Color Burst powder for a fun, arty feel:

This one was coloured with Distress Markers, for a more subtle look:

And this last one show how it looks teamed up with the corresponding image from the Carved Flowers set:

Details on how these were put together as well as some awesome samples from other Contributing Artists can be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Gel Press Gift Tags

Check out what I made by repurposing a shopping bag from my favourite shop Typo:

A bunch of gift tags!

All the details on how I made them can be found on the Gel Press blog.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Gel Press circle book

Welcome to the Gel Press Earth Day Blog Hop!

We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press.  Have you thought of making Gel Press Prints on old maps?  What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our designers have come up with for this hop.  

We will be giving away a prize again for the comments on the Gel Press Blog listing what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20 - April 24.  The winner will be announced April 25th on the Gel Press Company FB page and on Gel Press Junkies FB page!  

Here's my project - a circle book:

The covers of my book were made by using my Gel Press 8" round plate on cardboard scraps from a cereal box. The pages are simply photocopy paper that were only printed on one side. Instead of throwing them in the recycle box I have added a thin layer of acrylic paint with my gel plate, covering the printing.  Reusing and recycling - two ways to minimise the impact on our planet. Here's how I put it together:

Step 1
Gather supplies: 8" round Gel Press gel printing plate, acrylic paints of choice (Dylusions here) and a variety of stencils (Stencil Girl and Prima). You'll also need something to print on (thicker cardboard for the covers and some thinner paper for the pages):

Step 2
Print onto the cardboard and paper. I used a brayer to spread the paint onto the gel plate, pulling a plain layer of paint first, then adding a stenciled layer in a different colour. Each piece was printed front and back:

Step 3
Once all the printing was complete, I used a die to cut circles from the cardboard and paper. For a more rustic look, you could just cut around the circle with scissors.

I cut each of these pieces in half, then bound them together with big jump rings. I then decorated the rings with scraps of ribbon in coordinating colours.

Don't the pages look fabulous? I can't wait to write in them!

Here's the list of blogs to visit:

Teresa - You are here!

Don't forget to leave the team some love along the way, then pop back to the Gel Press blog to let us know which project was your favourite.

Good luck!