Hello Spring! Cards with Gel Printed Collage

Hi ya’ll!  Spring is in full bloom here in New Orleans – so, for my last post as TCW guest designer, I thought I’d share a project full of spring colors…..with a few flowers, of course.  This week’s project is two cards featuring gel-printed collage paper made using the fabulous Winter 2019 TCW Stencils.

I started by creating a bunch of gel prints on plain white tissue paper (I used the cheap stuff from the dollar store).  Because I planned on collaging the prints, I kept them super simple.  I applied acrylic paint with a brayer to my gel plate (I’m using a 5×7 plate), then placed a stencil on top, then the tissue, carefully smoothed the surface with my hand, then pulled a print.  If you’ve never gel printed on tissue before, it’s easy – you just have to be a little more gentle when smoothing down the tissue and pulling it off.  I then removed the stencil, and pulled another print with the remaining paint left on the plate.

This picture shows the process – getting a first pull print, the first and second prints from one paint application, and the entire load of prints I made!

I used the following TCW Stencils for the prints:

The next step was to collage the tissue prints.  I tore bits of the print and adhered them to a piece of mixed media paper with Matte Gel Medium – and brushed a coat over top as well.   I had no plan in mind, I just tried to spread the colors around somewhat evenly.  I love how transparent the tissue paper becomes with the matte medium!

Now to turn these beauties into cards!  For my first card, I die cut a stitched rectangle out of the collage paper to use as a background and inked around it with some Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then, I die cut some flower shapes from the collage paper (and also black and white cardstock) to create a focal point.  I used Sizzix Simple Flowers dies for this (6598950).  The floral centers are from my stash.  For a sentiment, I used my embossing labeler (you know, that label maker from the 60s/70s that your grandpa had to label the stuff in the basement….).  I used a black mat for the collage panel, then adhered everything to a white A2 card base.

I wanted a different look for the second card, so I used the same set of Sizzix dies to cut out more flower shapes from the collage paper.  For a background, I applied some Distress Inks (Broken China, Milled Lavender) on a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water, then “smooshed” the acetate onto a piece of watercolor paper.  For the sentiment, I heat embossed a phrase from the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set with gold embossing powder.   I matted this panel with gold card stock, and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

Well, that’s it for this project!  I hope you’ll give gel printing on tissue with stencils a try!  I’ve had a great time as this month’s guest designer.  Please visit me on my blog: Amy’s Card Obsession

Thanks TCW!  Cheers, Amy







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