Sunday, October 14, 2018

Stencil Transfer Batik Technique + New Release

I love the smell of freshly minted Christmas stamps, don't you? I just counted this week and I've already got 30 Christmas cards done just from blog posts. There might be a few more kicking around, but today's cards & video really got me in the holiday spirit!

When I was in Santa Fe, I took a monotype print class that was an indescribable amount of fun. The teacher was this little spark of a human being, so sweet and joyful and full of artistic wonder. I was sad when it ended, if I am being honest.

My sister was in the class with me, and as always happens when you are in the thick of a creative process, I had one of those magical accidents with my supplies that gave me an idea for a technique with the Gel Press. You'll see what I came up with in the video.

But let's get to the cards. For the first one, I used this adorable new stamp set - and spoiler alert - I have some prototype dies, so dies are coming for their sets soon! I colored the images with Copics and cut them out. Then I used this stitched edge die to create the snowbanks for them to sit on, and I assembled all that onto the Gel Press background I made using this turquoise paint and this yellow paint. There's also this pink from my brayer which I matched to the snowman's scarf. Then I mounted that onto some no-shed glitter paper and onto a white card base. I do most of my gel printing onto this ultra smooth copy paper, by the way. Sally Lynn at Gel Press introduced me to this paper. Who will this card go to? It's so fun to match cards to people. I've included all of the stencils I use in the video with this first card's products so you can see them.
Christmas card on Gel Press background














Have A Wonderful Wintery Day - Picket...
[ PFS ]
Like A Crafty Fox - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
My Man, My Friend - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Lily Bouquet - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Give Thanks BUNDLE - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Snowflakes - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Big Leaves - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Mixed Foliage - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Zentangle Dots - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Gothic Swirl - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges (2689)
[ MFT | SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH | CST ]
Americana® Acrylic Paint: Baby Pink...
[ CNS | AMZUS ]
Dina Wakley Ranger TURQUOISE 1OZ...
[ SSS | JGG ]
Buttercup Anita's Acrylic Craft Paint...
[ HBL ]
Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Amazon.com : Hammermill 102467 Copy...
[ AMZUS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
Life Changing Blender Brushes. 4 Pack...
[ PFS ]
"Life Changing" Blender Brush Set -...
[ PFS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
40 little artful & inspiring cards...
[ ETS ]


Some of the backgrounds I did with the leaves were very abstract, so I thought that would be a great backdrop for this STUNNING lily stamp that is part of this release. Simple - just stamp in Nocturne and done. I don't believe sympathy cards have to be in muted colors - aren't you trying to cheer someone up? Go with fun bright colors even on cards with a more somber theme.
Lily Gel Press Card by Understand Blue









Lily Bouquet - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Mixed Foliage - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH | CST ]
Americana® Acrylic Paint: Baby Pink...
[ CNS | AMZUS ]
Dina Wakley Ranger TURQUOISE 1OZ...
[ SSS | JGG ]
Buttercup Anita's Acrylic Craft Paint...
[ HBL ]
Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Amazon.com : Hammermill 102467 Copy...
[ AMZUS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
Life Changing Blender Brushes. 4 Pack...
[ PFS ]
"Life Changing" Blender Brush Set -...
[ PFS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]

You know what doesn't have a somber theme? This next card hahah. I love this new stamp set so much - one of the images even looked like Walter White, and I thought about pairing that image with the sentiment, but I went with the guy just flying his crazy flag instead. Again, quick stamping in the MISTI with Nocturne.
My Kind of Crazy Gel Press Card by Understand Blue









My Man, My Friend - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Zentangle Dots - A Colorful Life Designs
[ CLD ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH | CST ]
Americana® Acrylic Paint: Baby Pink...
[ CNS | AMZUS ]
Dina Wakley Ranger TURQUOISE 1OZ...
[ SSS | JGG ]
Buttercup Anita's Acrylic Craft Paint...
[ HBL ]
Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Amazon.com : Hammermill 102467 Copy...
[ AMZUS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
Life Changing Blender Brushes. 4 Pack...
[ PFS ]
"Life Changing" Blender Brush Set -...
[ PFS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]



Want to see the rest of today's release? Head over here to see all the goodies and tons of inspiration. This is one of my faves from the release - this adorable fox set!



Giant breaking news - the Life Changing Blender Brushes are now available in smaller sets of the most popular sizes - there is a two pack here and a four pack here - enjoy! I have a video coming up with the smaller brushes in the set of ten soon. Here's today's video!





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