Thursday, November 2, 2017

Create Seasons Greetings Cards with the New Gelli Arts® Card Printing Kit


Hi there! It’s Marsha here. Can you believe there are only ~60 days left of 2017? Which means it’s time to think about holiday greeting cards!

Let me inspire you by sharing five fun and easy cards you can create with your kids using just the contents of the new Gelli Arts® Card Printing Kit!


You can quickly adapt the images to your taste and create any holiday card you need. You can also swap out the colours and texture tools for other colors and textures for even more variety in the prints.


Star Card:


1. Take a foam sheet and draw a pattern on it with a ballpoint pen. Make sure you give it lots of details!

2. Cut the silhouette of a star out of parchment paper.

3. Roll a drop of Sunbeam acrylic paint out on the 5”x5” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.


4. Place a blank card on top and pull a print.

5. Roll a drop of Cosmic Blue acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.


6. Press the foam sheet into the paint to make impressions.


7. Place the silhouette of the star in the middle of the plate, on top of the paint.


8. Make sure the fold of the card is facing to the right and pull a print.


9. Add outlines and details with a crayon or pen.



Ornament Card:

1. Take a foam sheet and draw a tree ornament onto it with a ballpoint pen. Make sure you give it lots of details!


2. Cut out the tree ornament.


3. Trace it onto a square of parchment paper and cut out the silhouette.

4. Roll a drop of Chili Pepper acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

5. Place the foam ornament stamp in the middle of the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, on top of the paint.


6. Remove the red paint around the stamp by placing a parchment paper square on top and press it down before pulling it up again.

7. Remove the foam ornament stamp.


8. Make sure the fold of a blank card is facing to the right and pull a print.

9. Roll a drop of Cosmic Blue acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.


10. Place the parchment paper shape on top of the printed ornament on the card and put them both on top of the paint and pull a print.


11. Add outlines and details with a crayon or pen.



Gift Card:

1. Cut the silhouette of a gift out of parchment paper.

2. Roll a drop of Sunbeam acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.


3. Cover the paint with punchinella.

4. Take a leftover square of parchment paper and pull a print.


5. Remove the punchinella and pull the ghost print onto a blank card.

6. Roll a drop of Chili Pepper acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

7. Place the silhouette of the gift in the middle of the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, on top of the paint.

8. Make sure the fold of the card is facing to the right and pull a print.


9. Cut two strips of Gelli Arts® gel printed parchment paper and a little bow and adhere them on top of the printed gift image.


10. Add outlines and details with a crayon or pen.



Tree Card:


1. Fold a square of parchment in half and cut a stylized silhouette of a pine tree out of the paper. Keep the negative part of the cut-out.

2. Roll a drop of Sunbeam acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

3. Cover the paint with bubble wrap.

4. Remove the bubble wrap.


5. Take a blank card and pull a print.

6. Squeeze a drop of Sunbeam acrylic paint and a drop of Cosmic Blue acrylic paint on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and mix them with the brayer until you’ve covered the plate with lovely green color.


7. Place the silhouette of the tree in the middle of the plate, on top of the paint.

8. Make sure the fold of the card is facing to the right and pull a print.


9. Cut a couple of small round shapes out of leftover Gelli Arts® Gel Printed parchment paper and adhere them on top of the printed tree image.

10. Add outlines and details with a crayon or pen.



Poinsettia Card:

1. Cut the silhouette of a poinsettia out of parchment paper.

2. Roll a drop of Chili Pepper acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.


3. Drape yarn on top of the paint.


4. Place a blank card on top and pull a print.

5. Remove the yarn.

6. Roll a drop of Cosmic Blue acrylic paint out on the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing plate.


7. Place the silhouette of the poinsettia in the middle of the plate, on top of the paint.


8. Make sure the fold of the card is facing to the right and pull a print.


9. Cut a small poinsettia and a few little round shapes out of leftover Gelli Arts® gel printed parchment paper and adhere them on top of the printed poinsettia image.

10. Add outlines and details with a crayon or pen.


Stamp or write a greeting on the card and you’ll have a couple of unique handmade holiday cards to send to your loved ones!

Have fun with the Gelli Arts® DIY Card Printing Kit!


Materials:
Gelli Arts®:
Gelli Arts® Card Printing Kit

Other:
Ballpoint pen
Scissors
Glue stick
White pen or crayons


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Printing Single Prints with Multiple Layers with a Gelli Arts® Printing Plate!

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and today I’m showing you how you can create multiple layers in one single print!



To do this, you need a Gelli Arts® gel printing plate (any size works), some fluid acrylic paints, a mixing white acrylic paint (optional), a brayer, some (foam) stamps, stencils and texture plates.




Start with spreading a few colors of paint on the plate. You can cover the whole plate, like I do in the video, but you can also leave parts uncovered and come back there later. This will be the background color in your final print.


Take a texture plate or a stamp and use it to lift up paint from one area and transfer it to another area. If you start in the darker colors you can transfer them to the lighter areas.


If you don’t want the paint of your next layer to mix with the first layer, or if you are afraid you might smear them, then it is a good idea to let the different layers dry in between.

Now take a texture plate or a stamp and add paint to it using your brayer. Stamp the new color on top of your first layer.




Continue doing this for several layers, in a variety of colors and patterns.




You can also take a stencil and add paint in the open areas using a make-up sponge.



When you are done with all the layers make sure to let the paint dry for a couple of minutes.

Then take another color, or the mixing white like I did, and cover the whole plate with a thin layer. Make sure this layer is really thin. If there is too much paint you will only pull the top layer and not the layers underneath.




Place a sheet of paper (I used regular printing paper but you can use any paper you like) on top of the wet paint right away. You don’t want this layer to dry!


Rub firmly, then carefully remove the paper and all the layers will be pulled in one go.




Note: Don’t rub too long, if the paint dries before pulling the print the paper will stick to the plate and tear when lifting it up.

The following prints are all made with this technique.








I hope you like this tutorial and are inspired to try it yourself.
We would love to see what you create! Please share using #gelliarts

Happy printing!
Birgit

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