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 If you’re like me, you’ve been seeing a lot of “gel plate” background techniques using ink or acrylic paint. I haven’t bought a gel plate yet, but then again, I don’t “really” need one. The gel plate backgrounds are a new version of what was called “mono printing”. I even did a tutorial for Splitcoast way back in 2009 on the technique (HERE). So for me it’s, No Gel Plate? No Problem! 

I have lots of pictures to show, so get comfy. And I’m going to show two different plates I used…one is a plain piece of glass (from an 8×10 picture) and the other is a 8×8 hot glue gun mat made out of silicone or something similar. Both work wonderfully and while I’m using pigment ink in both examples, you can also use acrylic paint. You can certainly try other mediums, but with dye based inks or watercolors, you probably won’t be able to do techniques like stamping or combing because the ink is just too thin and will run together. So let’s get started. I’ll show the two different plates and also some fun things to do w/ your brayer, stamps & stencils. The pictures are all annotated and just click to enlarge.

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This is my finished card using the background above.

And these are the Copics I used to color the clover.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 


Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Simple ThingsHoneycomb BgSentiments Collection 2
Paper:  Neenah white, dk teal
Ink: Versafine Onyx (for images), Colobox pigment inks in citrine, surf, seaglass, fresh green, evergreen, teal, celadon
Accessories:   ODBD clover die, Spellbiders mega oval & Radiant rectangles dies, Copic markers, Aegean silver embossing powder, stencil, sequin waste strip, combing tool, 8×10 picture glass, 8×8 hot glue gun mat, small brayer
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Weekly-Favorite Color-Challenge-Favorite

This is a CAS (clean & simple) card for the Color Challenge (CC493) today on Splitcoast. I don’t have the exact colors, but I came pretty close using Distress inks. I masked the edges of a white panel and sponged on the inks. Then I used a stencil, sponged thru it to add a bit more interest. The image & greeting were stamped on top along with some dots across the bottom using an ink spot image.I added a few highlights on the colored part of the image w/ a white gel pen and white Prismacolor pencil. It was die cut w/ matting die and the leftover piece was sponged and added back around the main panel.

I even went for the dessert option of the challenge…recycle something :) My little leaf was stamped w/ Stazon onto a piece of plastic packaging and colored on the back side w/ Copics, cut out then heated a little in order to curl it a bit. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  Acorns 1141F, Autumn Second Spring 1142E, Maple Cling Set 806QCL, Ink Spots 321D
Paper: white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks dried marigold, ripe persimmon, tumbled glass, crushed olive, Stazon black
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, TCW stencil (mini tile), white gel pen, white Prismacolor pencil, plastic packaging, Copic markers


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Birthday Time 04427
Today’s Technique Challenge on Splitcoast (TLC495) sounded really interesting…use a stencil and stamp thru it. Well…hmmm…I tried a bunch of my stencils, plastic & brass, but nothing really looked right or recognizable. And I was getting pretty frustrated. Yes, I know I have a low tolerance for irritation. Hubby’s response to my frequent “this is driving me crazy” is “Short Trip.” So I’m pretty sure my finished card wasn’t done exactly like directed, but I like it anyway. And it looks much better than my other attempts. So it is what it is.
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As my last resort, I die cut a big circle and used it as a stencil (or mask, if you will) and stamped a couple of silhouette leaf images using the desert heat rainbow pad inside the circle. The die cut clock was added on top. I removed a few of the center parts of the clock because I liked it better w/o them. The little matching section on the left, was a leftover part when I die cut the circle behind the clock and I stamped the leaves again to match then attached it to a black rectangle. I also added another matching strip under the lower edge of the card front. A fishtail flag die was used on the greeting and a couple of Candi dots added in the upper right corner to balance things out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Leaf Pop Negative set (new!), It’s About Time 308D
Paper: X-Press It white, black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Kaliedacolor desert heat rainbow pad
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Clock die, MFT fishtail banner die, Spellbinders grand circle dies, Candi dots


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What a super color combo today on the Color Challenge (CC447) on Splitcoast! My card doesn’t really have a pool key, but one of the colors is Pool Party and there are some keys on it, so…. 

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After stamping the frame and greeting, I added just a hint of color to simulate the Pool Party color then die cut. It’s attached to 2 more die cut layers. The black flourishy elements on top and bottom are leftovers from an Adorning Square die. The die cut keys (from the Angel Wing die set) were added on top of a leftover background I made a while back that had the stenciling (for the dessert option) and the right colors. The tutorial I did for this background HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Key to Heaven, Romantic Floral Designs
Paper: X-press it white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, various teal/mint pigment inks
Accessories: ODBD Vintage Labels diesODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern diesODBD Angel Wings diesCopic markers, Spellbinders Labels 26, adorning squares, A2 card Matting Basics A & B dies, Judikins Aegean silver embossing powder, sequin waste stencil

I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp ..Anything Goes! Challenge

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Julie Warner –
What a super color combo for today’s Color Challenge (CC475) on Splitcoast! Love these bright, high contrast colors! The red & orange remind me of poppies, so that’s the direction I went. I spent most of my time fiddling with background…the rest was quick & easy. 

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On the background, I started by using a large water color brush and a couple of red & orange reinkers. I also splattered a bit using the brush. Then I took a couple of stencils and sponged on some real red thru the stencils. I die cut the poppies & the little squares out of this. The greeting was stamped in a combo of the two blue inks. I don’t have any little enamel dots, but I did find these sort of metallic ones. They weren’t quite blue enough, so I added a little more blue w/ a Copic marker.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Stamps: North Coast Creations – Floral Sentiments 3
Paper: water color, white linen, pacific blue
Ink: Memento bahama blue, teal zeal, real red
Accessories:  blue Copic marker, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, metal dots, IO die (for tiny squares), red & orange reindeers, Perfect Paper Crafting mini rulers


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