Wednesday 1 January 2014


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you all have a wonderful creative 2014.

What better way to kick off the New Year than with old favourites of course! The Simon Says Stamp Monday Design Team are hoping to inspire you this week with projects that feature some of their all time favourite products.
I thought I would combine a few old favourites in my piece this week to create an artsy masculine card.
I began my project with a few Gelli Plate prints. To achieve these prints I followed the following steps:

  1. Apply acrylic paint onto the Gel Printing Plate and brayer the paint over the plate to get good even coverage. A small blob only is needed to cover the plate.
  2. Place the Mini Letter Chaos Template onto the Gel Printing Plate, place a piece of scrap paper over the top and press lightly to ensure the template makes good contact with the Plate. Remove the scrap paper and then remove the template.
  3. Place a piece of white card onto the Gel Printing Plate, rub over the back of the card and then remove, this will give you the print above on the left hand side.
  4. For the second print (shown on the right) I repeated the steps 1 to 3 but this time I rubbed over the Template with an Anti Static Bag, this gave a cleaner crisper print as less of the ink stuck to the Template.
For this lighter print I used an idea that the fabulous Barbara Gray has shown on many occasions:

  1. Apply a dark coloured acrylic paint to the Gel Printing Plate, place the Mini Letter Chaos Template onto the Plate as before, remove the Template and then place a piece of white card over the Gel Printing Plate and rub over with your hand and then remove to achieve the first print. However this time set the Gel Printing Plate to one side for five minutes or so to allow the paint to dry onto the plate completely.
  2. Once the paint on the Gel Printing Plate is completely dry apply a light colour paint to the plate, this time I use Claudine Hellmuth Traditional Tan paint, brayer the paint over the dried layer; this layer of paint rejuvinates the dry paint. Place a piece of white card onto the Gel Printing Plate rub over the back with your hand and then remove. You will have the print shown above. I love this technique.
This close up shot shows the detail you still achieve applying the lighter colour to the plate once the first coat has dried, still very clear and wonderful when used in a background.
I used the prints from the Gel Printing Plate to start the basis of my card. I took one of the prints, distressed the edges and then applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges to age.
From the paler print I die cut tags using the Tiny Tabs and Tags die.
I stamped the Winged Gentleman, another of my old favourites onto the paler print using Black Archival Ink, stamping twice so that I can add dimension to my stamping.
I used one of the prints as the backdrop to my card and then added the Winged Gentleman to the centre of the card.
Dimension has been added to his wings and crown for added dimension and movement.
The tags have been added to the card, applying Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges of each tag for definition along with twine added to each.
DREAM has been added to the top of the card using Signmaker Alpha Parts, adding further dimension to the card. I have also added 'Dream a little dream' from the stamp to the small tag, again adding Black Soot to the edges for definition.
I stamped the Winged Gentleman once again onto a piece of the Gel Printed Print and then die cut a circle from the image using the Spellbinders Standard Circles Large. I have also added a second stamped crown to one of the smaller tags.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork they have created some inspirational projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Winged Things 2 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Alterations - Tiny Tabs and Tags Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Signmaker Alpha Parts
Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
Crafter's Workshop Dina's Mini Letter Chaos Template
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Traditional Tan Paint
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Archival Ink - Black
Paper Distresser


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year dear Tracy. I hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for. Love this card.....Really must get my Gelli plate out of it's wrapper! Love S xxx

Anna-Karin said...

Happy New Year Tracy! Love this piece, so full of gorgeous texture and details. Looking forward to seeing everything you will create in 2014!

carol edwards said...

Happy 2014 Tracy, this post is really interesting because as yet I do not have a geli plate. Will have to go on the wish list , here we go again still another year now. Thanks for the inspiration on your blog x

rachel said...

Happy New Year Tracy - I love this piece - I've just started playing with my gelli plate and I am loving it - so this piece has got lots of fab tips for me - thankyou! Hugs rachel xx

Brenda Brown said...

A stunning design Tracy and thanks for sharing the steps to achieve this great card.
I am looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous and inspiring creations again this year.
Happy 2014 to you and your family.
hugs {brenda} x

hazel said...

Happy New Year Tracy.
Your card is fabulous, I love all the different textures.
xxx Hazel.

Sandra said...

Happy New Year to you, Tracy! What a wonderful card! Love the gelli print and the beautiful textures! Hugs, Sandra

Words and Pictures said...

Love, love, love the layers and textures here - what a fabulous kick off to 2014! Happy New Year!
Alison xx

Suzanne C said...

Wow! Love the repeated image. The gelli plate background is cool! Fabulous art! Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and blessed 2014! said...

Wow, Tracy!! What a fabulous masculine card with such amazing details!! Wishing you a Happy 2014!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, the textures you have created and all those layers are fabulous on this amazing male themed card. Thanks for the step by step too, some great tips in there. Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne x

Candy C said...

Tracy...I am loving your masculine card! That gelli plate background in the brown and sepia tones is really cool! I really love the winged man stamped on top of the gelli plate image. That black ink on top of the sepia tones really looks awesome! Your design of your card is also very neat. You always add such wonderful detail to your projects and the tags, DREAM and your arrangement of all of your pieces makes for a gorgeous card. Happy New Year to you, my friend! <3 Candy

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

This piece is sublime Tracy! I Love the images, the grunge, the vintage feel! Layers of wonderfulness! You are so inspiring! Happy new year to you, and may it bring you many blessings of health and happiness!

Barb Cady said...

Happy new year Tracy. Thank you for a wonderful year of inspiration and this card is a marvellous start to 2014! Wishing you health, wealth and happiness and lots of crafting time! X

Inkypinkycraft said...

Happy new year and what a gorgeous piece to start with! This is fab and sums up many great textures layers and techniques x

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a lovely creation, Tracy. Love the beautiful color scheme and textures. :)

sara j said...

What a wonderful tutorial....I bought myself a gelli plate for Christmas and am eagerly awaiting its arrival so I REALLY appreciate all the great ideas on getting different prints. Thanks so much!

barbarayaya62 said...

Happy new year TRacy!!! your piece is totally amazing and thanks for sharing your tutoial!!!! BArbarayaya

barbarayaya62 said...

Happy new year TRacy!!! your piece is totally amazing and thanks for sharing your tutoial!!!! BArbarayaya

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Can we just say that this turned out A-MAZING? I really love all those delicious layers and especially like how you doubled up his wings to give him that much more visual "oomph." I always appreciate your great process pictures, too. Happy 2014 and I can't wait to see what you'll be up to next!