Sunday, March 18, 2012

Step-by-Step, Silks & Gel Printing

I have been asked if I could make a step-by-step tutorial of how I made the backgrounds on the cards seen in my previous post. I'm more than happy to do so, and these backgrounds are so easy to make anyone can do it! (This is a fun project you can do together with children, too).

Here's an example of a card I made with the backgrounds in question. Like I've said before, photos don't capture the amazing shimmer of the Silks acrylic glaze I am using. This card really sparkles and shines!

(Quote stamp from Quietfire Design, Thank you stamp from My Heart Stamps For You)

What you need:
Silks acrylic glaze from Luminarte
Gel Printing Plate from Gelli Arts
A soft brayer
A piece of string
White cardstock

Randomly add a few drops of Silks acrylic glaze to the Gel Printing Plate.
For this background, I used the following colors: Snap Dragon, Mallard Green, Nutmeg, and Harvest Sol.

Brayer back and forth 2-3 times in a horizontal direction:

Then brayer up and down in a vertical direction until you are happy with how the colors have blended on the Gel Plate:

Now, put a string on top:

Put a piece of cardstock on top of that again and press it down with your hands:

Lift the cardstock up from a corner and pull diagonally:

The string works like a mask and leaves your cardstock white (or any other color you may chose for your cardstock).

Leave your print to dry ..... then go ahead and make cards with your stunning backgrounds! :-)

(Sentiment stamp from Quietfire Design, Weed stamp from Nature's Print Shop - both embossed with white embossing powder)

The drying time of your print depends on how thick you brayered the Silks glaze on and on the humidity of the air in the room you're sitting. (A thin coat of Silks on regular cardstock in a room with low humidity will dry in seconds).

When I use the Gel Printing Plate, I always keep a few tags within reach. When there is Silks glaze left on my brayer after I have used it on the Gel Plate, I "clean" the brayer by rolling it over a tag. I let no Silks glaze go to waste - it's much too pretty to be wiped up and tossed away! :-)

Your Gel Printing Plate can be cleaned using baby wipes or running luke warm water.

Of course, you can use your prints for other things than backgrounds on cards; art journals, note book covers, and scrapbooking, just to name a few. Some prints turn out so pretty you will want to frame them and hang them on the wall (or sign, frame, and give away as presents).

These prints are really fun to make, so consider yourself warned: It can be quite addictive! ;-)

Luminarte's website:
Gelli Arts' website:
Quietfire Design:
Nature's Print Shop (my line of stamps):

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

1 comment:

  1. Very cool, Bibi!! Thanks for sharing - and using the stamp!