Then maybe you’ve already seen that I had the honour of guest posting on the Gelli Arts® blog a couple of weeks ago! If you have not seen my Gelli® Printed Diamond Kite step-by-step video yet, you can still check it out at the Gelli Arts® website.
The strawberries in my garden are not quite ready to harvest yet, but these strawberry die cuts are just as sweet!
I started this project with a card in mind, but my collage turned out so pretty that I just couldn’t bear to cut it up. I decided to put it in a frame and now I have a happy Summer decor piece instead!
Here’s how I created it:
1 | Take a sheet of 6″ x 6″ Through the Lens Wood patterned paper and brayer it with a very thin layer of white paint to create a whitewashed effect. Put aside to dry.
2 | Find collage papers in red and green shades. I found these in my stash of monoprinted deli paper, leftover from another project. I like using deli paper for collage because of its translucent quality.
If you don’t have any monoprinted deli paper on hand, you can use other coloured translucent paper instead. Or you can custom print some with a Gelli Plate.
The marks on the red print were made by pressing a piece of stripped corrugated cardboard into the paint on the Gelli Plate before pulling the print. The marks on the green print were made with the Bouquet Embossing Folder.
3 | Use the Strawberries die set to cut several strawberry overlays out of the red paper. I used eight strawberries for my composition.
4 | Die cut a couple of the leaves and as many calyxes as you think you’ll need out of the green paper.
5 | Adhere the strawberries to the sheet of whitewashed Through the Lens Wood patterned paper by applying a thin layer of Matte Medium under and on top of the strawberry parts.
6 | Use the Bunch of Flowers 1 die set to cut small flowers out of thin white (printer) paper. Adhere them to the collage with Matte Medium.
Add flowers hearts cut out of monoprinted deli paper. Use one of the overlays from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle set to cut a whole bunch of small circles at once!
Leave the collage to dry completely.
7 | Trim the collage down and add it to a card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Or… mat the collage with Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock and frame it!
Happy Tuesday! Can you believe that it’s already May 10th? Time for a new Inspired by!
Inspired by is a blog series by my friend Riikka and I. We decide on a theme (and that theme can be anything from a film, a book, a painting, to an item, colour scheme or material) and then we create something with that theme or thing in mind.
We keep what we’re making a secret until reveal day on the 10th, when we show you and each other our creations.
This month’s theme
It has been a while since we read a book for Inspired by! Tracy Chevalier’s books have come up as a possible theme before and this time we decided to go with it!
Tracy Chevalier is famous for her book ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. I didn’t want to pick that one, so I choose ‘The Last Runaway‘ instead. The pick was totally random: it’s the first one that comes up when I search for Tracy Chevalier in my local library’s catalogue and the readers had given it 5 stars. I didn’t even read what it was about!
When I actually read the description I was worried that the story would be too heavy for Inspired by, but Riikka said it would be fine. Riikka had already read books by Chevalier before… but I hadn’t, so I didn’t know what I was in for!
I read the book whilst on vacation. It turned out to be the perfect vacation read!
I liked the book a lot. It was an easy read and the story was quite light considering the theme. I expected more drama, more depth… I kept waiting for a twist or a turn, but it just didn’t happen. The leading lady seemed too sensible, the whole story seemed a little tame and the ending certainly seemed rushed to me.
That said: Tracy Chevalier is really good at setting a scene and describing everything to the details. You can just ‘see’ the quilts the main character Honor Bright quilts and the bonnets that are made at the milliner’s shop!
Quilts are mentioned first on page 1 of the book. I took a mental note just there, but little did I know that the quilts would be a thread throughout the book.
The further I got into the story, I knew that those quilts were going to be my inspiration.
I was especially interested in the Star of Bethlehem pattern and I thought I could create something like that on paper.
My first thought was that it would be cool to make it out of paper that ‘meant’ something to me. Like scraps of scrapbook paper that I had used on other projects. Only thing is: I do not keep any scraps… Not of scrapbook paper. What I do keep are endless supplies of gelliprinted papers. So I dove into that pile and I even found some odd bits and pieces to collage.
Now for the pattern. I knew I had to have quite a few diamond shapes. So I dug out my Silhouette machine and started to cut diamond shapes. That didn’t work… You need a diamond shape of a precise lenght and width to be able to create the star. It took me hours to get it right! In the end I copied a page from a quilt book from the library. I altered the image in Illustrator and then I was finally able to cut it with the Silhouette.
The pattern came along nicely. But once I had every piece glued down, I thought there was something missing. So I decided to doodle the Running Feather Stitch on top of it. This is the quilting stitch the main character of the book is supposedly known for.
It still didn’t look right to me though… There wasn’t enough depth. It looked like a background for a scrapbook page. But it was far to busy for a scrapbook page. Where was I heading with this?
Then last night, when I was supposed to be sleeping, I thought: beeswax. I have no idea where that came from! Funnily enough it is actually mentioned in the book, because the main character keeps it in her sewing box and uses it on her quilting thread.
So that’s what I did this morning… I added melted beeswax. And some collage-elements while I was at it. And some scribbles. And… now I think it’s done!
It’s hard to capture the vibrancy of this page. Photos do not do the neon colours any justice!
This was fun! It was frustration too… But it was fun! Reading is my ‘first love’, so drawing inspiration to create something from a book is always such a treat!
Now… I’ve kept you for far too long! Go and see what Riikka has made this time! I have a feeling it’s inspired by quilting! ;-)
Each Tuesday the team shares a themed project on Nathalies blog. This month the theme is Opposites Attract and all projects feature Nats new Stampendous Bird Foam Stamp Set. This 3 piece set includes one double-sided foam bird stamp, one cling bird stamp and a patterned stencil.
Want have a closer look at what I created?! Head on over to the n*Studio Blog!
Have you ever wondered how to use mono prints in card making? Then this blog post is for you! I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful flat image that you can then frame and adhere to a card!
Steps to create the mono print: 1 | Create a couple of masks and stencils using the Joset Designs Kites and Rainbow Sky die-sets to die-cut the shapes out of transparencies.
2 | Cut a couple of sheets of paper down to about 6 x 6 inches (my paper was A5 size), choose a couple of paint colours and set up your 6 x 6 inch Gelli Plate.
3 | Decide which colour you want your kite to be. Brayer this paint colour onto your gelli plate, layer the stencil with just the outline of the kite on top and pull a print. Clean the Gelli Plate.
4 | Brayer a light yellow paint onto the plate, layer the stencil with the sun rays on top and pull a print.
5 | Brayer a darker yellow paint onto the plate, layer the stencil with the circle part of the sun on top (making sure it’s lined up with the rays on the paper) and pull a print. Clean the Gelli Plate.
6 | Make sure that all the paint on your print is dry. Now mask off the sun and the kite by adding a little bit of removable adhesive to the masks and adhering them to the print.
7 | Cover the top 2/3 of the Gelli Plate with a sky blue paint and the bottom 1/3 with a grass green paint. Pull a print. Clean the Gelli Plate.
8 | Remove the sun ray mask from your print, but keep the kite mask in place. Brayer white paint onto the Gelli Plate, layer a cloud stencil on top and pull a print. Clean the Gelli Plate.
9 | Remove the kite mask and any adhesive residue. Let the print dry.
10 | Mask off the print with the stencil with the kite outline and place one of the kite overlays in the kite opening. Stencil some contrasting paint colour onto the printed kite by dabbing it on with a cosmetic sponge. Let the paint dry.
11 | Add doodles to the print with gel pens.
Of course I made a video so you can see exactly how I did it:
Steps to create the cards: 1 | Decide on a card size. Cut a sheet of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card size.
2 | Use the Stitched Oval or Stitched Rectangle die-set to die-cut a window in the white card.
3 | Take another piece of white cardstock and use the Stitched Oval or Stitched Rectangle die-set to die-cut a stitched frame to fit around the window in the white card.
4 | Adhere the frame to the window.
5 | Cut the mono print to size and adhere it behind the window.
6 | Adhere the window with the mono print to a folded card with foam tape.
I had this image in my head that I just had to try. I printed a couple of these, some in traditional Christmas colours and some in a more pop arty colour scheme. I happen to like the latter best, so that’s what I’m going to show you!
Step 1. Die-cut a stencil out of a transparency using the solids from the Poinsettia die set. Keep the cut-outs, those will be used as a mask. Die-cut three of the poinsettia overlays too.
Step 2. Cover a 6×6 inch Gelli Plate with neon yellow acrylic paint. Place the poinsettia overlays and the small solid poinsettia’s on the paint.
Step 3. I cut Soft Finish Cardstock to 8.5 x 6 inches so I could line up the cardstock to the Gelli Plate perfectly. Pull your print. Clean the Gelli Plate and let the print (and masks) dry completely.
Step 4. Cover the poinsettia’s on the print with the solid poinsettia masks. I use a repositionable dots runner to temporary adhere the masks to the print.
Step 5. Cover the Gelli Plate with a turquoise acrylic paint. Make sure the paper is aligned with the Gelli Plate. Pull your print.
Step 6. Stencil in the small poinsettia shapes on the print with the handmade poinsettia stencil, using a neon pink acrylic paint and a make-up sponge. I like to stencil these a little bit off-set, but you can also align them up perfectly!
Step 7. Use fine liners and markers to doodle in and around the poinsettia’s.
Step 8. Trim the mono print to fit your base. I trimmed mine to 5.3 x 5,3 to fit a note card of 5.5 x 5.5 inches.
Step 9. Machine stitch along the edges of the card.
Step 10. Die-cut letters out of sticky backed fun foam (or make your own using Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape), die-cutting from the adhesive backed side. The aim is to create mirrored letter stickers that you can adhere to a piece of cardboard or clear plastic.
Step 11. Stamp your sentiment to the mono print twice: once with a neon pink acrylic paint or ink and the second time slightly off-set with a darker colour.
Step 12. Adhere the mono print to the card base using Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
This type of card can be adapted to any occasion. Just trade the poinsettia’s for another die with matching overlay and you are good to go!