Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Sympathetic Flourish

Gel press printing will give you a one of a kind print each and every time. I am still a novice at using this technique, but have gained a little insight. Basically, never throw away a print, take as many prints as possible from the gel plate before ending, and finally experiment with patterns, colors, and textures. Initially, this background was headed for the trash bin, but then I decided to give it a try. What do you think?

   Flourishing Phrases

   Tip Top Taupe A-2
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

   Blackberry Bliss

Acrylic Paint:

   Gel Press


I am trying to remember exactly what I may have used to create this background. I always leave the prints on a table or floor to dry for a couple of days before I cut them down or use them. Hence, the question mark on the color orange. I am not an artist and cannot remember the color combo I may have used to make the brownish tone. See...no expertise required. 😊

I did use a brush to make the brush strokes in the ink. I also used a stamp to imprint the flourishes in the paint. At first, this print was so dark, I felt I would never get anything to show up on it. Still, I decided to set it aside. I could always throw it away later.

Then, a challenge was presented: use a background created with paint. So...

I chose the darkest and juiciest ink pad I had: Blackberry Bliss. I stamped the sentiment on the lighter blue on the top. I then stamped the flourish on the bottom half. Using the stamparatus really helped. I was able to ink and stamp several times on the exact same spot. 

Thank you for stopping by here and taking a quick peek. Let me know what you think. Contact me if you have questions or need my help.

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  1. That background looks awesome... your card is very pretty, Sally!

  2. Great Gel press BG and I love that die cut you used against it too. Did you see the brand new technique on splitcoaststampers.com today? Oh My Goodness it would also look great with this die cut. I totally want to try it.