Mixed media fun with TCW & Gelli Plate + a quick gift idea

HAPPY FRIDAY! Sue here today with 2 fun projects:)

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

AND…Candy Caddy by Sue Carroll

For the Mixed Media project I used these great TCW stencils:

                                   TCW493 Folk Art Flower (both in 12 x12 and 6 x 6)                                      TCW450 Art Deco Leaves

To begin, use a brayer to roll out several colors of acrylic paint onto a 12 X 14 Gelli Plate and then press the 12 X 12 Stencil on top of the rolled paint.

Next, lift off the stencil and set it aside.

(remember to rinse off your stencil as soon as you can for easier clean up! OR have a shallow container filled with water that you can set your “used” stencils in until your are able to finish cleaning it (them). This keeps the paint from “setting” on your stencil, making it more difficult to clean)

Next, I placed a 12 x12 sheet of Core’dinations 110 Lb. Basic White Card Stock on top of the Gelli plate, pressing and smoothing the card stock with my hand to make sure all the paint was “picked up” on the sheet.

I love this heavy weight card stock from Core’dinations, it really holds up to all my mixed media shenanigans:) THANK YOU CORE’DINATIONS!Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

Above is the 12 x 12 Folk Art Flower stencil Gelli print that was then outlined with both the Scarlet Lime and Uni-ball Signo pens. (My 2 FAVORITE doodle pens!!)

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll Next, a layer of torn vintage book pages.Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll And a few “rolls” of white gesso.Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll Above are  some cut stenciled vintage book pages from a previous project, using the   TCW450 Art Deco Leaves You can check that project out here. I have used these cool leaves in quite a few projects! (you’ll see it again in the candy caddy!)

Oh, and I used my sewing machine to make a running stitch the length of the leaves for added interest.

I encourage you to try any of the TCW stencils using white Heavy Gesso on vintage book pages…I love, love, love the results!!Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll I also love that most of the TCW stencils come in both the 12 x 12 size and the 6 x 6. It’s fun to use both sizes of the same stencil on one project which I did here. Above is the TCW493 Folk Art Flower in the 6 x 6. (the 12 x 12 was used for the Gelli print)

I added this smaller stencil using the super heavy gesso. (which is how I did the deco leaves as well)Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll For a “splash” of color, I wrote the words “Love Never Fails” on the same Core’dinations card stock (cut into small rectangles) and sprayed them with Ranger’s Dylusions Ink Spray in postbox red.Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

The depth of color around the deco leaves was achieved using gelatos and the two pens mentioned above. For the blue heart, I glued small torn pieces of book pages within the outline of a heart I drew in pencil. You can see a few black ink splatters I added as well as the flower underneath done with cut book pages, paint, gelatos, and doodle pens.

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

Above is the piece framed:)

NEXT…a Quick gift idea!

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

For this little project I used:

TCW1023 Vertical Happy Bunting 


Core’dinations White Chalk Core

My husband and I have been married for 30 years (man, do I feel old!) and for as long as I have known him he has had a passion for DARK CHOCOLATE…so much so, that he has his own dark chocolate candy drawer in our kitchen that he visits EVERY DAY when he gets home from work:)

He has been traveling quite a bit lately, so I thought it would be fun to get him a few “bars” (Hershey’s extra dark) and hang them in a cute “caddy” in the bathroom so he would have a nice surprise getting ready for work.

I just received a generous supply of wonderful products from Core’dinations and in my goody box came the Chalk Core…I REALLY LOVE IT!!

Thank you Core’dinations and TCW!!!

I used the TCW1023 Vertical Happy Bunting die along with the Chalk Core for the front of this little candy caddy.

Next, I used the Sand It Gadget from Core’dinations to sand the edges of the die cut out to give it that “chalk board” finish:) Check out the first photo above and you can see the cool effect!

Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 8.10.04 AMUsing matte medium, I adhered the die cut out to a piece of water color paper. You could use any card stock you have on hand.

Framed Mixed Media by Sue CarrollI cut the watercolor paper 4 inches wide and then scored it at 6 inches long, then scored it again at 6 1/4.  I cut it off at 6 1/4 and then folded on the scored mark folding 1/4 inch.

Framed Mixed Media by Sue CarrollI cut a second piece for the back. (4 X 6 1/4) Scoring again at 6 to fold 1/4 inch.

For the sides, I used some of the left over watercolor paper and cut 2 strips an inch wide and 1 1/2″ long. Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll   Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

I then made 2 scores dividing the piece into 3- 1/4″ folds.

To put it all together, I used a tape gun to add adhesive to the two ends of the small side pieces and the 1/4″ folds of the caddy’s “body.”

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

Framed Mixed Media by Sue CarrollAbove is a close up of the 4 pieces together.Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll Above you can see I used the same technique for the “you card” as the first mixed media project…after writing the word “you” using the Scarlet Lime pen, I spritzed it with Ranger’s Dylusions Ink Spray in postbox red…also, adding the cut out made from TCW450 Art Deco Leaves & a real dried pressed flower:)Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll The lettering on the pennant flags is done with Uni-ball Signo pen in white. Framed Mixed Media by Sue Carroll

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some time for crafting!

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7 thoughts on “Mixed media fun with TCW & Gelli Plate + a quick gift idea

  1. lovely projects, and thanks for the Gelli prints, I love this layout, i am new with this media. and all the tutorials help…have a good day

    1. Pattie, so glad you “stopped by!” Thank you so much for your kind comments…you made my day! So glad to have you join in all the fun that is mixed media:) blessings

    1. Thank you Dawn! It is so fun to share and it makes me happy to know something I’ve done can spark your own creative juices! It really comes so naturally with TCW stencils:) Thanks again for taking the time to read and post such encouraging words!!

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