Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Magical GelliPlate Trilogy

Hi Blog land! I have been making gelliplate prints like a crazy person for a class I am teaching in July. Once I got started I literally couldn't stop & would say to myself "ok 1 more". 2 hours later there would be 30 more prints. This thing is so much fun! If you haven't heard of gelliplates you can check out their blog at Gelli Arts

The original idea for my class was 1 album of gelliprints but I realized I had way too many prints to do just 1 book so I made 3 art journal books!!! One will be a bonus reference book that can be looked at for ideas both color & technique. While at the store Suzie & Donna helped me name the class! So the trilogy was born. Here is a sneak peak at my unfinished class. I will be teaching it at ScrapbooksPlus in Chantilly, VA on July 14th, it will be posted in the next few days on the website. The Magical Gelliplate Trilogy. *A gelli plate will be included with the class so if you don't own one- hold off until then*

Friday, June 7, 2013

Viva Las Vegas! DT Tryout!

I recently became totally enamored of a company that makes awesome, fun, quirky stamps. Viva Las Vegas Stamps! As I placed my first order I also found out they were doing a design team call- how fabulous!!!! I am looking for a team to be on that reflects the products I love to use & they definitely fit the bill,  it does help that I am stamp addicted & they have a huge variety of cool stamps. It is hard for me to pick only 3 projects to post. I use stamps on everything- project life, scrap pages, altered books & items, mix media canvas, & especially tags & art journal pages. The first project I used this sheet of stamps that they sell unmounted. It is plate 922 & has so many great designs to choose from. I will definitely be playing more with these!

 I got the stamps in time to use them on 2 of the projects with some scrambling! My first one is the cover of one of my art journal books. The background paper is a Trader Joe's flyer- yay to recycling. I spritzed color using a stencil. All the stamps are Viva Las Vegas. I like using portions of stamps in other ways, for example as a background texture or as part of an alphabet. The checker board on the letters is part of the Whimsical bird in mask stamp. The boarder is part of the Whimsical Fence stamp.VLVS stamps are perfect as they have so much detail & design in them- they are begging to be used as a texture stamp. 

My background has texture & made stamping directly to it difficult so I used one of my favorite techniques. I stamped on tissue paper & adhered it with decoupage glue. This process makes the tissue just disappear and allows the stamped image to almost float a bit on the page.
This allowed me to get a wonderful, crisp, detailed image of the bird stamps. I couldn't help adding the cute flamingo that came with my order- it makes me very happy! 
 I added some ribbons, fiber & bling to finish my book off. I used the No. 5 tag stamp on card stock & covered it in glossy accents to create an epoxy that could be hung with charms from a chain on my book.

Here are some of my favorite art journal pages in this book.

Inside the flip portion.

Project 2: My son & I are watching Doctor Who. Image my glee when I found the Viva Las Vegas set of stamps based on the show! Plate-925
I had to do a tag! I took the photo with the opening credit screen shot in the background- love how that turned out! 
However you couldn't really see the tag so I did a second less fancy pic that actually showed the tag.
For Project #3 I am using a scrapbook page that has lots of inky goodness on it!

Thanks for joining me!!!


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