After much pondering, I finally took the suggestion of an ODBD teammate and decided to show you a technique today. If you're like me, you've been seeing a lot of "gel plate" background techniques using ink or acrylic paint. I haven't bought a gel plate yet, but then again, I don't "really" need one. The gel plate backgrounds are a new version of what was called "mono printing". I even did a tutorial for Splitcoast way back in 2009 on the technique. So for me it's, No Gel Plate? No Problem!
I have lots of pictures to show, so get comfy. And I'm going to show two different plates I used...one is a plain piece of glass (from an 8x10 picture) and the other is a 8x8 hot glue gun mat made out of silicone or something similar. Both work wonderfully and while I'm using pigment ink in both examples, you can also use acrylic paint. You can certainly try other mediums, but with dye based inks or watercolors, you probably won't be able to do techniques like stamping or combing because the ink is just too thin and will run together. So let's get started. I'll show the two different plates and also some fun things to do w/ your brayer, stamps & stencils. The pictures are all annotated and just click to enlarge.
This is my finished card using the background above.
And these are the Copics I used to color the clover.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
ink: Versafine Onyx (for images), Colobox pigment inks in citrine, surf, seaglass, fresh green, evergreen, teal, celadon
paper: Neenah white, dk teal
accessories: ODBD clover die, Spellbiders mega oval & Radiant rectangles dies, Copic markers, Aegean silver embossing powder, stencil, sequin waste strip, combing tool, 8x10 picture glass, 8x8 hot glue gun mat, small brayer
Thanks sooo much Julie! I really enjoyed your "no gel plate needed" ideas!!! I know I for one need to play around more with different backgrounds so thanks for the inspiration! I know many of our readers will want to do so too! And.... what a GORGEOUS card!!!
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I also want to thank ALL of our design team and challenge team members who have faithfully contributed to these Time With posts over the past many years! This will be our last Time With post for now.... we hope you have enjoyed the tutorials and ideas all have added here! Coming up with tutorials and fresh new ideas can become stressful for the designers, so for now we are going to take a little break.... but don't worry.... you will still see lots of awesome work from all our teams!
Thanks so much for joining us!!!