Gel print backgrounds – stripes and grid

Yesterday I posted a gel printing video where I used both an egg carton and a piece of corrugated cardboard to add texture to my prints. I used a couple of the corrugated cardboard prints to make today’s cards.

You can see how I printed this panel in the video. To turn it into a card I used a couple of new stamps from Penny Black. I stamped the mountain stamp five times in browns and blue then inked the rushes with a brown and a blue ink. I love the way it looks like a sunset or sunrise because of the background print. It wasn’t something I tried to create but a possibility I saw when looking at the prints.

The print below was made with the same piece of corrugated cardboard pressed down on the gel press twice to create a grid pattern. You can see the process in yesterday’s video. I decided to stamp flowers on it as an experiment. I knew it might be too much pattern but I wanted to try. I stamped and embossed the Penny Black ‘companions’ stamp in versafine clair nocturne ink and it looked bold just as an outline.

By painting inside the flowers I was able to separate them from the background enough to make them a feature not a competitor with the very busy grid pattern. I used a couple of layers of pearlescent paint on the flowers but quite diluted pearlescent black on the leaves and jug.

Tell me what ‘recycled’ items you have used for gel printing. I am keen to print with ‘all the things’! To be honest gel printing is top of my list of techniques right now. I hope you enjoyed the two recent gel printing videos. I will definitely make more. Tomorrow I have a couple of cards made from the piece of cardstock I used to clean my brayer. I showed a glimpse of it at the end of the video.

See you soon.


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9 Comments on “Gel print backgrounds – stripes and grid”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    You certainly know how to stretch the imagination. I bet these are even more stunning in person. Thanks for video. Hard to grasp what to do.
    Looking forward to your artistic designs.
    Tish Rowe

  2. cakewizzardhotmailcom says:

    Love your Gel prints and the video was great! Thanks for showing your cards afterwards I would love to see more Gel printing have you used alcohol inks on the press.
    Thank you

    • Heather says:

      I have used alcohol inks once but I didn’t find the result that different from using them directly on craft plastic so I haven’t gone back to that technique yet. So glad you enjoyed the video.

  3. Pat says:

    Well, who would have guessed that those prints from yesterday would make two such fabulous cards Heather, and I love them both. The ranunculus flowers in the jug have worked brilliantly, and also the pretty scene on the first looks great too. x

  4. swanlady21 says:

    Simply stunning! Love how the light shines through.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Your backgrounds made stunning cards, Heather! I’ve used feathers and leaves at your previous suggestion and have used bubble wrap. I think it’s time to get that gel plate out again.

  6. Jayne says:

    What a creative genius! I enjoy watching you create and look forward to your videos.

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    Well heather you did not disappoint. I love how you’ve used the stripy and criss cross prints. I think the card with the jug of ranunculas is great.

  8. Clelie says:

    You are so amazingly creative! You have a wonderful talent for using texture, colour and design and bringing them all together to form masterpieces! I absolutely love your mountain scene card…it glows!…and the composition is perfect!♥♥♥

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