Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stencils in Mixed Media

This month at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media we'd like to see you use a stencil somewhere on what you make.  You could layer them to give greater depth to another stencil or add texture as I've done here.  The sky's the limit!

For my cards, I followed a Gelli plate technique video by Barbara Gray.  My result was nothing like hers but, hey, that makes it uniquely my own.  I laid down my paints in the order she prescribes but I'm using the lift print from layer 3 for this card (you'll see my layer 4 results in a moment).  This is just upcycled used printer paper that I adhered to 80lb cardstock.  I then placed the trellis (first) stencil back down and randomly spread transparent texture paste down--check the upper right corner, eg.  I struggled a bit with the sentiment, finally deciding to go simple with a navy ink so the fabulous background wouldn't get lost.

I'm entering Card 1 in Seize the Birthday Anything Goes and the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #20 Time Flies  

For the second card (really the first card if you watch the video), I used the 4th layer result.  The colors are duller but there's a LOT of shimmer since I used silver acrylic for the last layer.  I liked the grunge effect so made a bit of she art out of it with new Ranger stamps.  So two totally different cards and looks from my Gelli plate experiment.  Love!

I'm entering Card 2 in Mixed Media Card Challenge #19 Beginnings and Simon Says Wednesday Something New

The Details:  Cameo-cut trellis stencil, PTI Happy Hexagons sentiment, Hero Arts Shadow Navy, Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste

Ranger Handwritten Sentiments and Clearly All the Gals, Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins, Simon Says stitched rectangle die, Recollections 110lb white and black cardstock,  Versamark, Hampton Art clear embossing powder, Stampendous black embossing powder,  Stazon Blazing Red, Versafine Onyx Black

Acrylics:  Phthalo Blue, Light Blue, Burnt Umber, Gelli Plate, Crafters Workshop Peacock Feathers stencil, PTI white cardstock base


  1. Great job Toni. Both your prints are amazing ... and it's so fun to see how they are so totally different even thought they started out in the same place.

    I tried following Barbara's video and everything ended up in the garbage. :) That's what happens when you don't have the proper supplies, at least I HOPE that's the case and now that I'm am totally useless using the gelli plate. :) I now have my set of acrylic paints ... just need the time to play. xx

  2. you're making me wanna play with my gelli plates again... they are collecting dust! very gorgeous cards. love the dimension and colors of the first one. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! Happy New Year!


  3. You know I love them both - those diamonds are simply stunning. And both are such gorgeous cards. You've created a new obsession for me my friend! Can't wait to see more! :)

  4. What a fabulous pair of cards Toni! I specially love the first one with the textured trellis - just amazing.
    Carol x

  5. I love the look of these.. they make me want to reach out and touch them to feel the texture.. great texture detail.. AWESOME!!!

  6. These are gorgeous, Toni. :) I especially like the first one. Beautiful. Thanks for playing along at The Mixed Media Card Challenge for January. :)

  7. I never tried playing with the Gelli plates but your results look very intresting! Beautiful card!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  8. Gorgeous cards, the colors and textures look amazing!

  9. Wow these are so cool. Great technique and love all the texture.

  10. Such fabulous cards using the Gelli plates, especially love the first one.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. Two wonderful gelli print stencil cards! what great colors and added stampings! thanks so much for joining us in the Mixed Media Card Challenge! Julia xx

  12. Very cool technique and great cards. Thanks so for sharing your talent with us at Seize the Birthday!

  13. Gorgeous cards! Love the stenciled detail! Thanks for joining along with the MMMC :)

  14. OMG, what and amazing designs Toni!!! Rich and stylish!

  15. Gorgeous card. Love that you used TCW stencils too! I even pinned your card to the TCW Amazing Fans board. Would love to have you join us there too. Thanks for playing with the MMMC.


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