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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Nature Fragments meets the Gelli Plate (by Debbie)

Hello. The card I have today is made with Adirondack inks, Distress inks, black embossing powder and my Gelli Plate. I'm not good at tidying up painty mess so when I saw the Gelli Plate being demonstrated at Harrogate show using inks rather than paint I just had to give it a go. I have only used the plate with Adirondack and Distress and must say the Adirondack gives a better effect than the Distress. The distress inks bead even when brayered many times. After a play day on Thursday with Glenda and Lesley other dye ink pads can be used, I think it will be a trial and error technique.
I started by applying Peach Bellini to the Gelli Plate with the brayer as a base coat, it looked as if there was hardly any ink on there but it definitely is. Next, I inked the wood grain stamp from the new Nature Fragments stamp plate with Cranberry and stamped on the Gelli Plate. I repeated with my new favourite colour Stream then placed a square of white card over the plate and rubbed with my hand. I love the reveal when lifting the card away to see what's happened underneath.
The beauty of using the ink rather than paint is that you can over stamp with fine detailed stamps. For the stamping I used the Gothic Angels stamps, the Angel has been coloured with pens using similar colours to the background. I have a few more cards using this technique to post and hope that you'll give it a try. Thanks for visiting, Debbie


  1. Love your card and that background is fab
    Jackie x

  2. Your angel's aqua edging really highlights the little streaks of aqua in the background beautifully. Your red mat picks up the other background colour & the two in (aqua edging plus red mat) tie the whole design in beautifully. The combination of Gothic script with the traditional angel image put me in mind of Advent, add the woodgrain plus gold & my brain was travelling back into the time of Gothic cathedrals…….. Like you I didn't like the sound of painty mess so have avoided the Gelli completely. Now inks is another matter - very interesting indeed.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Lovely card with great dramatic colouring. Using the Peach Bellini as the base colour takes the purple tone out of the Cranberry and draws the colours together, and the bluey green of the Stream gives it a lift. Dye inks being used with the Gelli Plate instead of paints for me also makes it much more appealing.


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