Sizzix Tutorial | Bubble and Gelli Print Album by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hello and welcome to my Sizzix Tutorial! It is Anna-Karin here with you today, and I am going to share a summery mini-book tutorial with fun techniques. I used some of Tim Holtz new dies, many of his embossing folders and the Mini Album by Eileen Hull.

Sizzix Tutorial | Bubble and Gelli Print Album by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the finished chunky album. I am going to show you three ways to add bubbles and dots to the cover and also gelli printing with embossing folders for the inside pages. You can use the techniques on any kind of project: tags, cards, layouts, art journaling, and 3-D. I was in the mood for a mini-book this week, documenting my son's first visits to the sea. The book is 5 x 5 in. This is a pretty long tutorial, so let's start.

Start by die cutting the album from mat board using your Big Shot or Vagabond. This is an XL die, so you need the extended cutting pads. Here you can see the sandwich: cutting pad, die, mat board and a second cutting pad. My pad is quite battered, but still works just fine. I only die cut on one of my pads, keeping the second one unmarked by my cuts, which makes it easier to place dies and papers on top without anything shifting.

The Scoreboards dies cuts and scores the material. This album has three score lines, which means that you can make either a chunky album, as I did here, or a thinner one. I didn't use the clasp.

I love Tim Holtz's new Bubbles Texture Fade Embossing Folder. Emboss the top two thirds of the album cover with the folder. When I dry emboss such thick material, I don't use any of the tabs on the multipurpose platform.

Repeat on the back, don't emboss the spine.

I also wanted to use Tim's new Confetti die and die cut it from Eclipse tape. You can also use another masking sheet or thin acetate.

You have now made your own stencil. Place the Eclipse tape die cut on the lower part of the album and smear Wendy Vecchi's Clear Embossing Paste through it with a palette knife. You can also skip this step and instead dry emboss the whole cover.

Leave the paste to dry, it dries completely clear. I looked at my die and thought I wanted to use the left-over circles too. Place the smaller ones here and there on the background, they will function as masks.

I love Dina Wakley's new paints by Ranger, such vibrant colours. Paint the cover with Turquoise and Lime, adding a tiny bit of Lapis. Wipe the paint off from the paste dots with a moist cloth, the dots will resist the paint. Remove the little dot masks, some paint might have seeped underneath, but don't worry.

Ink the little masked dots with Tumbled Glass. The effect is very subtle; it is just to give them a hint of a colour.

Sand the dry embossed bubbles, but try to avoid sanding the paste dots. Mat board sands very easily and you'll quickly reveal the white board. Always sand in a well-ventilated space.

Fold the album along the outer scorelines for a chunky album. I cut a piece of natural sticky-back canvas and added it to the spine, using a little multi medium to make sure it was stuck well.

With gelli printing you can quickly make many pages for a mini-book. All of them will be different but they will still coordinate. Instead of using my embossing folders to make patterns on the gelli plate, I prefer to emboss white paper and use that. It makes clearer prints, requires no clean up and you can use these papers too afterwards.

For a full tutorial and lots of information on using your dies and embossing folders together with gelli printing, check out this tutorial of mine. I used my 8 x 10 in gelli plate. Place a few dots of paint on top.

Roll out the paint with a brayer, into a thin layer.

Press the embossed papers into the paint, using several different ones for each print and varying the placement.

Place a paper on top and smooth it down with your hands. Remove. Immediately place another paper on top to pull off a lighter ghost print. Repeat with different colour combinations and varying the amount of the colours. I used Lapis, Sky, Turquoise and Lime.

Gelli printing is so much fun, I made lots of prints with plenty of leftovers for other projects.

Print both sides of the papers, since then they can go straight into the mini-book.

This is one of the ghost prints. They are often my favourite prints.

Here are some of the dry embossed pages I used for the printing. I love the look of these. Here's an example of a project where I used these types of papers.

Cut twelve pages 4.7 x 9.4 in (12 x 24 cm). Stamp them using both tone-on-tone inks and black ink. I used Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps: dots, swirls, alphabet, grid and dates. I like when the pages in mini-books are so interesting that you basically only need to add photos and words.

Layer the pages two together, forming six signatures. Pierce with a needle tool and thread a thin piece of twine through each signature.

Pierce holes in the cover at three intervals - in between the three score lines. Thread two signatures into each hole. It is easier to decorate the pages before binding the book. I also glued two printed pages on the inside covers.

I am just going to show you a few of the pages or this post will be too long. I took these before binding the book. The pages were embellished pretty simply, with just some more stamping, rub-ons, words and tissue tape. I also filled some pages with journaling only.

The tags were die cut from leftover prints with Tim Holtz Tag Collection dies.

I don't want to spend too much time on each page when making mini-books, and with these printed and stamped backgrounds most of the work is already done.

If you want to use horizontal 4 x 6 photos, cut them in two.

The seahorse was die cut from one of the dry embossed papers I used for the printing.

I distressed some Idea-ology pieces for the cover and added a piece of tissue tape over the joint between the dry embossed and the paste dots. The combination of different bubbles and dots makes for an interesting cover, with different textures that you want to reach out and touch.

Tie knots to secure the inside pages. I also added a heart charm hanging from a Trinket Pin.

I really like the chunky format of this mini-book and that you can choose to make a thinner book too if you want to, since the spine can be a third of this size.

Thank you so much for looking at this long tutorial!

Happy summer crafting!


Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board; Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock; Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas
  • Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Tiny Things, Tiny Textures, Psychedelic Grunge, Odds & Ends, Going Somewhere, School Desk, Mini Muse, Mini Ornates, Stuff to Say, Ultimate Grunge, Warehouse District, Big Top, Graph & Grid
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Manganese Blue, Viridian, Forget-me-not; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley - Lapis, Turquoise, Sky, Lime
  • Medium: Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi - Clear Embossing Paste
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Compass Coins, Elements Tissue Tape, Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Words Remnant Rubs, Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, Heart Charms, Long Fasteners, Observations Word Bands, Linen Ribbon, Trinket Pin, Game Spinners, Mini Gears
  • Adhesive: Judikins - Eclipse Art Masking Tape; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte
  • Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10; Ranger - Large Inky Roller

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