C4C – 450 Use a technique!

C4C 450 Technique

I think it’s important to share your “fails sometimes”.  This is one of mine.  So I got this new product from a friend of mine.  I’m sure I will love it once I practice more.  Lots more!

So the product is a Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts:

Gelli Plate

Craft Paint

I also got this pack of 24 colors of craft paint from Michaels for $11!

It comes in several sizes but mine is this 6″ x 6″ square.  There are several YouTube videos that I watched.  And, as the picture of the product shows, they can be very cool.  Here’s what I did.  I dropped craft paint onto the gelli plate:

dots on plate

Then, I took a brayer and rolled around the paint.  Next, I took a rubber swirl stamp and stamped into the paint.  It did pick up some paint but, I had too much paint on the plate, so my background ended up muddy.  The next step is to take a pc. of white cardstock and lay it over the plate and press evenly to pick up the design you created in the paint. You can either heat dry or let it dry naturally.  I did a little of both.

I have this great stamp from Hero Arts called “Leafy Vines”.

Hero Arts Leafy vines

I stamped with Black Ink onto the background piece.  What I found was ink doesn’t stamp well over acrylic paint.  The paint is too chalky or something.  So because the stamp was on my Misti, I was able to then try black acrylic paint by dapping it onto the stamp with a makeup sponge.  That worked better.

Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 998 – Garden Notes – Rose 2  cut two of the stem and leaf pcs. from Black cardstock.  Cut the rose petal pcs. three times from pink cardstock.

Here’s Susan Tierney Cockburn’s assembly video for her Rose 2: Assembly video  

Once you’ve cut and shaped all the pieces as Susan shows you, then you can assemble it right to the background.

My son loves to dumpster dive and or pick up stuff on curbs in the neighborhood “for free”.  He recently found these:

SissorsI chose one of these scissors, which is the orange pair in the lower front of the picture, called “Mountains” to cut all the edges of the project.

The last step is to score a piece of 8.5 x 11″ pink cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.75″.  Cut a black cardstock rectangle that measures 5.25 x 6.5″.  Adhere to the front of the pink card base.  Now adhere the “technique” panel, centered, on top of the black layer.  The sentiment “Love You” is from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1269 – Love Sentiments I used the same pink cardstock as the base card.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Hopefully, I’ll be back sometime with a homemade background that will be more inspiring! LOL

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus



Author: Kathleen Adams

I have been crafting with paper for several yrs. now. I am a single mother of four grown children (2 boys, 2 girls) and a grandmother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). I still work as a hairdresser part time at a beautiful retirement community in San Ramon, CA My passions are: gardening, sewing and crafting with paper while watching my favorite TV shows. I have an amazing dog named Shelby who I just can't imagine life without. I hope, with this blog, that I will inspire, teach, prevent costly mistakes in your journey and well, just have a lot of fun creating.

One thought on “C4C – 450 Use a technique!”

  1. Interesting! I like that you posted your card even tho you weren’t totally happy with it. It turned out to be a lovely card.


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