Sunday, 5 March 2017

Springtime

Hello to all my wonderful blogging friends and followers,

I've indulged myself this week and bought myself a 6 x 6 Gelli plate.  I've seen so many amazing backgrounds made with them and they looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I spent much of yesterday trying out the plate with various inks and paints and I actually couldn't see my desk by the time I'd finished but it was great fun and the possibilities are endless.

Here's a card using one of the backgrounds that I made:


I started by using a layer of lemon ink and then adding a stencil before brayering over it with a Spring green colour by Impress.  I then used the same ink to stamp the small ballet dancers that you can see in the background.  The daisies were also stamped directly onto the Gelli pad using an aqua blue ink. 

Once I was happy with the background, I then stamped the words directly onto the paper to ensure that the words would be the right way round.  When the paper was dry, I used a paint brush to bleach the colour out of the daisy petals.  Unfortunately, the petals lost a little of their definition so I went around them lightly with a charcoal pencil. I used a finger dauber to add the yellow and green to the center of the daisies.  To finish the card, I stamped the main ballet dancer and the Dance sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx to give a nice clean impression. 

With the exception of the Daisy stamp which is by Inkylicious, all of the stamps that I've used today are by the Artistic Stamper.    I won the challenge last September at Artistic Stamper last year and I just fell in love with this stamp set, so I chose it as my prize.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

38 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Sandra.

Gr Karin

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow this is stunning Sandra. I have a gelli plate but don't play with enough. it should be my new years resolution (late I know) to play with it more.

Sue xx

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Stunning work, just love the detail and textures you have created with the gelli plate.

Thank you for your lovely thoughts and comments over the last few days.

Pen x

brenda said...

What can I say Sandra other than I absolutely adore today's card, beautiful soft background stamping and inking which are so Spring like and then that striking Ballerina image - saw one similar on Visible Images show yesterday and was tempted but they sold out far too quickly.

Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us at Penny Black and More and Allsorts challenges.

I hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Carole said...

Super card...love the background you have created!

SARN said...

What a superb background and thanks for sharing how you did it. Beautiful card as a result of your hard work "playing" with the Gelli plate. Have been wondering if I should get one - think I have my answer now!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Maria Rodriguez said...

Hello Sandra: I can't get over this gorgeous background you created for your little ballerina, the colors are so beautiful, perfect for Spring.
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely card with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you come back again soon.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.DT

Lucy Woods said...

Oh wow I can't believe you made that background yourself! The whole thing looks amazing!! I need some tips on how you do it! Lol
Lucy x

cheryl Baker said...

On this is stunning hun brilliant piece love the background hugs cheryl xxx

Dora said...

Beautiful!

Sarah said...

Absolutely incredible!! As Lucy says it's amazing that you created the background from scratch, I am so impressed!! xx

Julie B said...

Lovely background, I thought it was a DP until I read further.
Thanks for sharing at this week's Anything Goes challenge at ATSM. :)

Craftyfield said...

Funny that... I succumbed too and got a Gelli last weekend! Sad thing is I am yet to play with it! Never mind there's always next weekend! Your card is beautiful, the bleached daisies look great and contribute to an excellent background.

Viv's Visuals said...

Great background and a lovely card!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, the background looks amazing!! I want a gelli plate now after seeing your amazing work!! I love the colors and the beautiful ballerina!! This is stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Sandra that's one amazingly gorgeous background, I love the colours and all the stamping, fabulous words too, it makes the foreground dancer just pop, Kate x

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Lovely background you created.

pam said...

Gorgeous card Sandra, your background is amazing, something I do not own a Gelli plate.
Beautiful stamping.
Pam x

Kathleen said...

Fantastic background and love the image and noticed a faint version of the image in the background.
Thank you for joining our 'Spring Inspiration' challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath

Mac Mable said...

After seeing your fabulous card I really must invest in a gelli plate. The background is so interesting and love the bold silhouette image. Fabulous!

Joan said...

Seems like you had a great time with your new Gelli plate Sandra and your card is lovely. Reminds me I haven't had the gelli plate out for ages. Last time I used it I cut lots of old 12x12 scrapbook papers into 6" squares and used the white back of them.

Joan

Jannet said...

A beautiful,background : ) sounds like you had lots of fun !

Becca Cruger said...

I love how pretty the background is on this! There's so much depth to the color. Thank you for playing along at STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge.

Jenny L said...

Hi Sandra,
oh my word this card is so very gorgeous, and that background you have created is awesome and very lovely.
I love this superb card.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Leanne Harris said...

Oh Sandra, it's addictive!!!!!! You have been warned!!!!! You'll just keep printing and end up with so many backgrounds it's great fun! Fabulous design here, so soft and yet so crisp. xxxxxx

Gerrina said...

Your background looks so perfect for the danser! Great to explore something new and "play" with it isn't it? Just think that I have to have two-three hours before I take myplate out; it is addicting! Hugs, Gerrina

Mervi said...

Fabulous use of gelli plate, gorgeous background, lovely stamps.
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts
and at Penny Black and more;-))m

Marlies said...

A beautiful card Sandra. You've made a beautiful background for the ballerina. Stunning! Thanks for joining our challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Marlies

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Coco said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous Sandra!! Good luck for these challenges! :)
And thank you so much for your kind words about my work for Crafty Individuals. Warm crafty hugs,
Coco xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card Sandra! Thank you for your words at my blog, we are so heartbroken. We know that time heals and we will always remember all of our fur babies. Wow your cat lived for 22 years, that's amazing! One of our cats lived to a month shy of her 15th birthday, she was the oldest. One cat died young at 3, the others were 12 & 13. Take good care, Shirley xx

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

Fabulous card 😍

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous caed Sandra and rhe background looks amazing. You've created so many layers, great work with the Gelli plate. Looking forward to seeing more of your Gelli creations. Ì think you may be tempting me to spend.
Avril xx

Linby said...

Gorgeous card - love how you did the daisies. I look forward to more inspiration from you for my gelli plate.

Viv said...

Such a pretty card Sandra. Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' and we hope to see you again soon ;) Viv DT xx

Marianne said...

Wow, this looks amazing. Just had to pop over from The Flower Challenge to take a closer look at your card. I've been tempted more than once to buy a gelli plate, but so far I have managed to keep myself in check lol.

Linda said...

This looks amazing .... so much depth to the background. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

Julie B said...

Your background looks fantastic, I must admit that I have resisted purchasing a Gelli plate but I may have to indulge!
Thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations. :)

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