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.