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Gel prints meet Canvas Corp Brands in Mixed Media Spring Cards

Our Crew member, Kathy Adams, shares with us one of the ‘what happened next’ stories. This time, she shows us how to make colourful mixed media spring cards using ‘spare’ gelli prints and some Canvas Corp Brands goodies, including Architextures Findings, Canvas Corp Watering Can collection and, of course, Tattered Angels mists!

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‘While editing a video demonstrating different ways to use 7gypsies Architextures Bases, I realized that I could push my ideas a bit further. I ended up with truly unique results! And since I have lots of spring and summer birthdays in my family, I made a few cards using my mixed media creations.’ – explains her inspiration Kathy.

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Materials used:
7gypsies Architextures Tall Base: Fence and Rosettes
7gypsies Architextures 8×8 Paper Pad
7gypsies Architextures Findings: Red Tow Truck
Canvas Corp Watering Can: Garden Sayings on Ivory Paper
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint: Olive and Yellow
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Mallard, Verdigris, Splash, Marmalade, Suede and Iridescent Gold
Tattered Angels Plain Jane Simply Sheer: Peony
5″ x 7″ Gel Press Plate
Foam Adhesive Squares
Tape Runner
Copic Markers
White and Ivory Cardstock
Green and Purple Cardstock
Popsicle Stick

Brayer Olive High Impact Paint onto the Gel Press Plate. Cut the Rosette Base smaller to fit onto the Plate and for easier handling (2 x 3 Rosettes). Place it onto the Plate over the paint and add yellow paint and brayer over the Rosettes. Make sure there is plenty of paint on the Plate.

Place white cardstock over the Gel Plate and smooth it with the brayer or your hands so that it makes contact with the entire Plate. Pull the print. Sometimes the Rosettes will stick to the paper, so carefully remove them and set aside.

Pull a “ghost print” or a second print after the Rosettes are removed. There is also paint on the Rosettes so you can place them on paper, brayer it to “stamp” the image and remove the remaining paint. ‘I got 3 prints from one application of paint!’ – says Kathy.

Next, let’s play with Fence Base! Kathy instructs: ‘I already used part of it for my video project and had about 5″ left to work with. Repeat the same steps you made for the Rosettes. I didn’t get a great stamped image, so I had to work with the 1st and 2nd prints.’

‘Now for the fun part! Let’s use some Glimmer Mist and add some color to the white space! The High Impact Paint will resist the sprays and the spray will find it’s way into all of the nooks a crannies where there is no paint. I chose Fence print with lots of white space and sprayed a combination of Splash and Verdigris Glimmer Mist.’ – encourages our designer.

‘Next, I mixed Splash, Mallard and Verdigris Mists with a spritz of water and brushed them onto another Rosette print. I wanted more subtle color, and diluting the mists achieved this look.’

‘So far, I’ve used colors that are similar to one another, or analogous colors. Let’s really mix things up for this last print and use complimentary colors! Complimentary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel. If you want lots of contrast, or what’s also known as, “that pop of color,” use complimentary colors together. Spray the Rosettes print with Marmalade Glimmer Mist and Plain Jane Peony Simply Sheer. I also added a spritz of water to dilute the color a bit. Wipe the painted areas with a baby wipe to remove excess Mist.’

Allow all of the prints to dry. Trim them to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and distress the edges. Color the Garden Sayings with Copic Markers and assemble the cards using ribbon and pop dots to pop up the sayings.

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What a great idea for creating completely custom backgrounds for your cards! You could also use those prints for tags or ATCs.

Whatever you do, have a great crafty day!

I am a mixed media crafter with passion for layers and textures. Architextures are my new love and I can feel the relationship going from strength to strength in the foreseeable future. I have worked with CCB since January 2017 and it felt like home straight away. The team is amazing and the crafting products are even better, which makes it perfect combination and an amazing place to be.

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