Gel printing cards again this week and sticking with that double-sided card idea, if you missed it check last week’s post for the first card in this series. This week I found a couple of faces in the gel print design! So had to try and bring them out! But faces aren’t the only thing I thought I would try out this week. I thought I would see if I could stretch my stash and reuse an old piece of masking film, one I have used before. Will it still work?
Find out in the video and you can find a picture of the inside and the outside of this week’s double-sided card below.
I decided to get my gel plate out to make some gel printed greeting cards. But these are gel printed greeting cards with a difference! So if you are looking for something unique that adds that little extra special experience for the recipient of the card then have a go at some double sided printing! I know, right?! There is all that lovely space on a card we should use it!
Well, I show you how this week and I have three cards in total to share with you, but as the footage added up to 2 hours worth I decided to split the video into three! So this is part one today and then the next two gel printed greeting card inspiration will follow over the next couple of weeks, so don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you aren’t already and click the notification bell so you don’t miss when they go live. Each card turned out quite different so you are going to want to see them all!
If you saw my Wednesday Art video this week then you will know that I promised you a project idea for your acrylic skin shapes! Have you made one yet? Or is that today’s project? Well, if you have made your acrylic skin shape or you are about to make it then here is a project idea for using it and also some tips on how to attach it to your project too. I only point this out because it isn’t always obvious how to actually stick the acrylic skin down as not everything will work, so watch the video and stick around to the end to find out more! Also in this video today I have some gel printing for you as I know how much you love it!
The supplies I have used are listed below and of course there is a close-up photo of the project too!
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VIDEO: How To Use Your Acrylic Skin Shape – Gel Print Card
Fabriano Accademia Paper is great for printing as it is cheaper but if you can’t find it then try other student art or drawing paper. You can also use the Strathmore Printmaking paper but it is more expensive.
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You know that I love watercolors don’t you? But sometimes I don’t actually use them on watercolor paper. When I am making cards I tend to use a smooth, heavy weight, ordinary cardstock which is totally not a watercolor paper! But I love using it because it is a lovely bright white and you can get some really interesting effects, textures and looks using watercolors on it. So my video today gives you an easy watercoloring technique and some pointers on how to use your watercolors on non-watercolor paper and I hope it will encourage you to try the cardstocks that you probably already have in your stash.
It is the same technique that I used for my shaped-edge article in the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials, issue 160. So check that out if you want to see how to add shaped edges to your cardmaking techniques tool kit! Oh and there is a lovely free stamp and coordinating die set and an ink pad too on the cover of this one, so you probably really want to get the mag for that! The technique is just a bonus! ;D
VIDEO: Easy Watercoloring Technique For Working On Non-Watercolor Paper
I hope that has inspired you to try the cardstock you have. By all means keep on using your watercolor paper! I love watercolor paper too but mastering how to use non-watercolor paper is just another technique to add to that arty tool kit!
Are you looking for some more ways with embossing folders? Some ideas you can use to get the most out of them, and some where you don’t even need a die-cutting machine? Well, following on from my 5 Ways With Embossing Folders video I have got 5 More Ways With Embossing Folders for you today! I hope you have alot of fun with them. These are great for all sorts of projects from mixed media to cardmaking.
Sometimes you try heat embossing on fabric and it just lets it you down. Has this happened to you? You stamp and add you embossing powder and all is going well but when you heat set the powder it just doesn’t work! Well, if this has happened to you, and you have difficulty heat embossing on fabric, then I have an easy hack that will help! And it will open up a whole lot of creative fun for using heat embossing on fabric in your art journals, mixed media projects and cardmaking too, so try it out!
I have listed everything I have used today below and you will find some project inspiration at the bottom of the page too!
VIDEO: How To Heat Emboss On Fabric – Mixed Media Technique
Ok, so you are tired of hearing it, but we don’t have long to go before Christmas and I don’t know about you but I am totally behind with all my Christmas jobs! So today I have a video to help you out with some ideas for making those last minute Christmas cards and all you need is some old packaging and a few bits and bobs that you probably already have in your stash or around the house.
You won’t even need to buy any new stamps or stencils for this one! It is that last minute friendly! Grab your favourite glue, (obviously everyone has a favourite glue!) scissors, paints, packaging and some cardstock or card blanks and you are good to go! As always the full list is below the video so just scroll down!
VIDEO: 4 Last Minute Christmas Cards From Recycled Packaging
The freehand drawing circles tips and tricks video that I mentioned was the from Fine-Art Tips and is well worth watching as there are three really useful hacks. And whilst you are at it you might want to watch my recent DIY gift wrap set video using Gelli papers, if you missed it.
Have fun and let me know how your Christmas planning is going, I will be very jealous if you have everything sorted already!
What are your favourite background dies at the moment and how do you use them? Do tell in the comments below, I would love to hear because today I have a video with my five favourite ways to use background dies. The ideas that I am sharing today are perfect for mixed media, art journaling and painting techniques but also card making too. So whilst you are at it, let me know which projects you love to do – mixed media, art journaling, cardmaking or something else? I would really love to know.
So if you are going to tell me which is your favourite background die at the moment then let me tell you mine! I mentioned it in my heart and star shaped cards blog post a month ago, it is the Apple Blossom Hexagon Panel Die from Craft stash. Have you seen it? It’s pretty huge and super versatile.
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What’s that? New stamps?…well maybe! You will just have to wait and see, or you could go and check out the peek over on the PaperArtsy blog if you like!
But back to today’s circles!
Again it is a simple card design but this time I’ve die-cut some nested circles, slightly off centre to create two circular frames and one full circle. I layered the circle frames on Khadi paper, just as with the triangles on Friday, then added the full circle to the big frame and a die-cut heart to the smaller frame.
This one has more of a vintage feel with the vintage style patterned papers. I quite like how the heart is mostly red with a touch of blue, it adds a nice pop I think.
This was for a birthday as you can see, but the design would work just as well for a Valentine’s card don’t you think?
And just in case you are looking for Valentine’s Day projects a jam jar make over on the Blitsy blog showing how to make this bright little tea light holder.
Looks pretty both with the tea light off and on!
Hope you enjoyed the simple circle card design and the jam jar make over project, perfect to start the creative week!