Gelli Crazy!!

Winter has arrived…sigh…but it’s a great excuse to sit inside and craft all day!!!

At the end of my last post I hinted that I tried something new when I was at the crop in October.  This post is ALL about that!

Lori grabbed me dragging me into her office so we could work on a demo of the Gelli Plate.  I had heard of it, I had seen photos of what people made with it, but hadn’t really considered getting one.

Well just a few minutes playing and demoing for those at the crop had me begging to take one home!

I’m going to warn you now, what you are about to see is totally and completely addicting!  Once you start it is VERY hard to stop!

I sat down one night pulled out my Gelli Plate, paints, paper, brayer and a stack of stencils just to play and get acquainted with the Gelli Plate some more.

I almost didn’t make it to bed!


At the end of the first night I had a decent stack of custom printed backgrounds.  I sat there thinking how am I going to use all of these?  So I pulled out this little book and decided I can use my prints to make background pages for an art journal.


This book is about 5×7 so I’m able to get two pages from one sheet printed using the Gelli Plate, perfect!!


I added some extra stamped images to each page before gluing them into the book.  I have quite a few ready to go, just need to add a few extras to call them done!


I have found lots of great art & creativity quotes, so my plan is to dedicate much of this journal to those!

I love how this first page turned out once it was finished!


Now I could’ve kept working with those pages to finish them off, but I’d been watching videos of different techniques to use with the Gelli Plate so I decided I needed another night creating more prints!

The first technique I tried was using pages from a magazine to transfer the images.  There’s a bit of a learning curve, but I found even if the images didn’t come out crisp the effect was still very cool!


That last one really turned out fantastic!!!  Not all of these will end up in that book…I’m still deciding how I want to use them!

This one turned out very cool, the dress on the model didn’t have enough contrast so that part didn’t transfer well, but I still love it!


I used a smaller image for this next one on the bottom half of the page.  To get the pattern at the top I used some packaging that was just hanging out in my space!


Next I wanted to use some die cuts I had pre-cut for some time.  The experiment didn’t quite work the way I thought it would but I ended up loving the results even more in the end!


I LOVE the grungy look, ok I really think you all know that by now!  I found that I prefer no to clean my Gelli Plate between prints, any leftover paint on the plate makes some very cool effects!

This was my first try with the die cuts, because I cut them from paper they absorbed the paint underneath, but left a very cool outline for a look I really didn’t expect!


Once you have your prints made you can do so much with them!  Use them in an art journal as I’ve shown.  They could be for a scrapbook page, you could even use them with your die cuts!  Really the possibilities are endless!  I’m actually thinking of something special right now, you’ll have to stay tuned for that another day!

Here is the cover I made for my journal using one of my prints as the background!


I used Finnabair Patina Paste on all of the elements I added to the cover, the colours worked perfectly with the colour of my print!

OK I think I’m off to play some more and see what new techniques I can discover!!

Guess what?

There is going to be a class for this Gel Plate … click here for info.

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This post was written by Lisa on November 11, 2018

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Happy Sunday I’m happy to be here to share another project with you!

Earlier this month I was packing up my supplies to head to Winkler for the 3 day crop.  The week leading up was busy and full of stress from work, which left my mind blank of any creative pursuit.

Normally I like to have one project in mind before heading to the weekend crop, but not this time.  So I just started grabbing some of my favorite supplies in hopes inspiration would strike.  As I browsed my collection of dies I finally found my inspiration with the Tim Holtz Bell Jar die!


I wanted the inside of the jar to be like a mini garden that would attract the butterflies but still let them fly free!

I used a number of the Tim Holtz Wild Flower dies in various colours to create the flowers, and gave them a little bed of moss at their base.


It’s hard to show but I cut the top of the jar with some clear plastic to look like glass.

Of course I had to add some texture to my project using texture paste and a stencil, which I sprayed with some different sprays creating the shimmery green shade!  I love that the camera managed to pick up the shimmer in the photos!


The butterflies were fussy cut from an old sheet of Bo Bunny paper that I’ve been slowly using on projects.  OK you might say I’m hoarding it!


I added some stamping for extra texture and interest to the background using a variety of Tim Holtz stamps.

This chipboard quote was absolutely perfect for my project and expressed exactly what I was trying to achieve!

The crop was fun as always and I had the opportunity to play with something new….but I’ll save that little secret for my next post!

Next time you’re looking for some inspiration dig around you space, you never know when it will strike!

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This post was written by Lisa on October 28, 2018

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