Hi everyone! Anna-Karin here with a fun mixed media tutorial, with some very cool results. I am always looking for new ways to use my dies and embossing folders and thought I would try using them for gel printing.
I ended up making a lot of prints and some of them were made into cards. Monoprinting with the help of a gel plate is so much fun and dies and embossing folders are perfect tools for achieving really cool effects. The prints are great for all kinds of projects. I used them for cards here and last week I made a Dotty Gelli Print ATC Book. They are also great for scrapbooking layouts, art journaling and more. Give it a try, it is lots of fun.
I used a 6 x 6 in gelli plate. If you don't have a gelli plate, you can easily make your own from gelatin, there are recipes online. For this tutorial, I used Distress Paints. If you find that the paint beads up on your plate, wash the plate with soap and water, and do a few test prints. After that the paint worked perfectly for me. It is a thin paint, which is why it might bead up a bit at first. Place a few drops on the plate.
Cover the plate with the paint using a brayer.
Before you start, emboss cardstock in different embossing folders. I used Bazzill cardstock, making sure that the impression I wanted was on the smooth side. The plate will pick up any texture, so if you use the textured side, that will also become a part of your print. Here I used Dot Matrix and Retro Circles. You can press the actual embossing folder into the paint too, it gives a more subtle effect.
Place a paper on top and smooth out/carefully press down with your hands.
Pull the paper off the plate and you get a really cool print (top left). Without adding new paint, place another piece of paper on top to pull off the ghost print (top right).
I was wondering how it would look if I used one of the embossing folders with words and tried the Travel folder from Tim Holtz. Apply Broken China and Salty Ocean paint to the plate as before and lightly press the embossed paper into the paint. I also added texture with Dot Matrix.
Place a paper on top and pull of the print and you get a really cool print of the embossing folder. The embossed paper itself (top right) can also be used for a project.
You can use your dies to make stamps to press into the paint. Just imagine how many different patters you could make. I wanted a word and die cut letters with the Wanted die from a sheet of craft foam. They were glued to a piece of packaging.
Pull off the print (top right) and the ghost print (top left).
Apply new paint to the plate, this time use Chipped Sapphire, and a little bit of Black Soot at the top. Roll it out with a brayer, starting with the blue paint. I love the Artful Dwellings die and die cut three houses, adding windows and doors with the Mini Openings set. They were die cut from Tyvek from a recycled envelope. You could also use a transparency or printer paper, but the Tyvek is more durable. Place the houses on the plate and stamp the word at the top. Remove the stamp and press a Dot Matrix paper into the paint.
Place the blue paper you just printed on top and you get this very cool print to the left. Love the texture of the houses and the sky. The paper to the right is the ghost print, printed on the ghost print paper from the same original print.
Cover the plate with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Press the Cobblestone stencil you just made and a Dot Matrix embossed paper into the paint. Pull off a print and a ghost print. Place three Artful Dwellings masks on top, stamp 'home' at the top and press a Bubble embossed paper into the paint. Place the paper you just printed on top.
Repeat with the ghost print and you get these two textured prints. Love the look of the stone houses. I made a card with the print to the right, if you head over to my blog, you can see it there (I didn't want to add far too many photos to this tutorial).
For a similar effect, apply Victorian Velvet to the plate and press the Brick wall and a Gridlock embossed paper into the paint. Pull off the two prints (top right). Repeat with Broken China and Salty Ocean and place the house masks on top. Stamp with the 'home' stamp and press Dot Matrix into the paint. Use the pink prints you just made and you get the two prints to the right.
And for another effect, apply Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap, press with a Gridlock embossed paper and print. Apply Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire to the plate. Place a house mask in the middle and press a paper embossed with the Subway folder on top.
Use the already printed paper for the first print, a white paper for a second ghost print, remove the house mask and pull a third print using a white paper.
Apply Pumice Stone to the plate and press papers embossed with the Brick and Gridlock folders into the paint. You get the print to the top right. Apply blue paint to the plate, no need to clean in between. Place a house at the side and press a paper embossed in the Subway folder into the paint.
Giving you these two prints.
Here's another example, using the Rays embossing folder, Dot Matrix, a Bird Branch die cut and a 'Fly' stamp that I made the same way as the 'home' stamp, only using the Vintage Market die. I used the ghost print to the left for the chemist card.
I cut A4 cardstock sheets into two squares for the printing and was left with a strip from each paper. The last paint on the plate was pulled off with these strips, particularly trying to get the edges, which often had left-over paint. Love the way these turned out and I'll be using them for other projects, tags, ATCs etc.
The embossing paper used for making impressions into the plate can also be used for other projects - which is why I used white paper for these.
I made some of the prints into cards, as an example of what you can do with these. The prints can be dressed up further with stamping, here I used a dot stamp, blueprint spider and a stamp with a table, all stamped with Archival Jet Black. I love the new Distress Glitters and used them on all the cards. The Halloween Shadows, bats and spider were die cut from black cardstock and covered with Black Soot Distress Glitter. The sentiment was covered with Spiced Marmalade glitter and placed over the 'home' stamping on the print.
This card was made with the first print in the tutorial. I stamped it with Monarch Orange and Jet Black Archival Ink. The chemist and the books were stamped on watercolour paper and watercoloured with Distress Inks. A townscape die cut was covered in Black Soot glitter and a pen nib in Pumice Stone glitter.
The background was stamped with a text and a chicken wire stamp using Saffron Archival Ink. The sentiment and border were die cut from one of the strips of ghost prints. Gelli prints are great for die cutting different shapes from. The bird was die cut from grungeboard, inked with Black Soot and coated with Peacock Feathers and Black Soot Distress Glitter.
I made the last card from one of my favourite prints, inking it with Gathered Twigs around the edges. The tire track, birds and sentiment were stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink and the border was die cut with the Torn Notebook On the Edge die. Two gears were die cut from grungeboard, painted silver, sanded, inked with Black Soot and coated with Glossy Accents.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! There are so many different types of prints you can make with the help of your dies and embossing folders. Have fun!
Thank you for looking!