Parsley, sage & mint

As I hoped I fitted in some gel printing the other day. I picked leaves from my garden and experimented to see which would give me a good print. It also took me some trial and error to get the amount of paint right too.

I brayered titanium white, ultamarine blue and hooker’s green onto my circle gel plate then lay down the back of the leaf on the paint. I lay white cardstock over the top and taped one edge of the cardstock to my table before lifting it to see the print. Without untaping the cardstock I removed the leaves and lay the cardstock back down to take another print, that which was left by the leaf.

I know some extra visuals, even a video might be more helpful than a description so I am working towards that goal. Gel printing can be rather hit and miss for me so I haven’t done any filming yet.

I decided to use all three prints on the one card so cut a piece of snowbound textured cardstock 10⅞ ” x 4¾” and scored it at 3⅝” and 7¼”. I die cut each print using a 3¼” square die and attached them directly to the textured card base. I stamped ‘Thank you’ from PB ‘million thanks’ set on white in peeled paint archival ink then embossed ‘for your help’ from the same set in white on green then cut it out with an oval punch to make a tab on the side of the card.

This card is for my daughter who has put hours or work and loads of enthusiasm into our garden this year. It’s looking good and we have high hopes for the tomatoes, brussel sprouts and cantaloupes still growing!

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16 Comments on “Parsley, sage & mint”

  1. Niki says:

    What a beautiful card and a lovely way to show your appreciation to your daughter.

  2. Pat says:

    Beautiful results with the gelli prints Heather and will give this a try I think as this is a stunning look and love the blue and green and the white leaf shapes stand out brilliantly. I am assuming that the leaves were placed over the white areas, but maybe not. I am not the best when trying to visualize things. x

  3. Clelie says:

    Ooooo…I LOVE the colours and effect!♥

  4. Mariette Desrosiers says:

    very nice cards, lots of unique results and I would use for male cards which I need shortly. The technique you described is unknown and seems complex to me, I look forward to your video
    Thank you so much to share with us

  5. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    That’s a tasty little piece of work!
    What grand imagery. I confess I am going to have to CASE this card as it’s perfect to use as a thank you for our neighbour who shared the bounty of their garden. Thsnk you for always sharing with us. You are very generous.

  6. Connie S says:

    Love how the prints turned out.

  7. Carole says:

    Gorgeous, Heather! Did you brayer the paints onto the gel plate one at a time in 3 layers? Or all 3 colors on the brayer at one time? Yes, please DO MAKE A VIDEO!!!

  8. ektidd says:

    Yes, a video would be nice but I appreciate your description. I am a gel plate newbie and haven’t tried putting the paper back down after removing the leaves so I look forward to trying that. Your card is beautiful and a perfect thank you for all her work in the garden.

  9. Patricia Rowe says:

    She, as well as us, will love this card. You are getting excellent results now with your gelli plate.
    I also love the accordion fold. I make a booklet like this using the principles I get from my Bible study lectures. I then make copies as gifts to the group. Your idea of the scoring helps me because I am so mathematically challenged.


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  11. Bonnie says:

    Thank you again for sharing this technique, Heather! I loved your results so much and was delighted to have good results myself.

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