I thought I'd experiment with some techniques to create backgrounds for the beautiful stamp images this month. It's my way of "branching out" and trying something different! So I gathered a few supplies and got started.
Gelatos create a great watercolor effect. Choose three coordinating colors and blend with a waterbrush.
I learned this next technique a number of years ago: Use an ink applicator tool to apply three shades of Distress Ink to a plain white panel. Sprinkle droplets of water onto the ink. It will act as a resist and leave a cool pattern behind.
Next, grab a spare panel of smooth-finish white paper and apply four colors of CS Hybrid Inks direct-to-paper. Blend with a paper towel.
I finally booked some play time with my new Gelli Arts Printing Plate! To mimic my examples, apply three Adirondack Metallic Acrylic paints, blend onto the gel plate with a brayer. Press plain white panels onto the plate to get several "generations" of imprints. I also tried stamping the dotty texture stamp into the paint, and stamped off the excess onto yet another panel. I have a lot to learn, but I was pretty happy with my first try!
After play time is done, select some favorites to turn into completed cards.
|Collection UM stamp on Hybrid ink panel.|
|Left card is Gelli Plate with B&B stamps. Right card is Gelatos with Art Nouveau UM.|
|Two different "generations" from the Gelli Plate with Greeting UM sentiment.|
|The Distress ink "droplet" panel made a cute gift tag!|