I have been busy this week doing my Christmas gift shopping and a whole bunch of nothing besides sitting at the computer and catching up on reading and projects and doing yet MORE shopping–a lot of it for myself! LOL! I purchased some videos at Interweave’s Cyber Monday sale and some other classes that I may post about as they open and get going after the first of the year. As I mentioned previously, I purchased several stencils at the StencilGirl site and also several stencils that I found at good prices on various other sites such as Amazon and Scrapbook.com. My first shipment of goodies arrived today from Amazon. There were many books that I will give as gifts mostly to family and a couple of friends:
I know it is OK to post this here now as I am almost certain that none of the people that these are going to bother to read my blog… I also received just a few goodies today from Gelli Arts…
I have been wanting to purchase those little bitty Gelli Plates ever since I saw them introduced a few months back. I have also been wanting to get at least one of the circular plates and so I got the 4″ and the 6″ as these will probably meet my needs just fine. You never see them on sale and if they are, it is only about 10-15% off. When Gelli offered them with free shipping thru Dec. 16th, I figured it was time to buy.
I also received just a few stencils that were on special–or that i couldn’t find discounted anywhere else for less and since I’d already triggered the free shipping with Amazon, they went on the ticket, too!
I’m not really very good at the Gelli printing but I decided to give the little circle from the “mini” pack a whirl. I used the daisy stencil and the 6″ dotted circle stencil above to see what I could come up with. I started with a gessoed background and a little light green/mint green paint. Then I added the Gelli plate prints. I also flipped the circular dotted stencil while wet to get a reverse image on the page. It still looked a little bare so I laid the daisy stencil down like a mask and sprayed some Heidi Swapp color spray on it. I don’t know if you can tell from the scan but it did help bring a little more interest to the spread. I don’t know what I’ll add to this but I’m sure I will find something appropriate some day…just like the rest of my backgrounds that I create.
Initially I tried using the daisy stencil for a mask on the small Gelli plate. I couldn’t get to work like I wanted but it was coated in green’ish-teal paint and it needed to be used SOMEwhere. I found another background that I had created this past summer and I turned it over and printed it in the corner. I looks fabulous there. Also, I took what was left of the paint on the pallet and used it to add some dots through the center of the same daisy stencil onto the facing page. I am pleased at how it augmented the background that was already there.
I wish I was more adept at using stencils/masks and Gelli plates but I will improve as I practice. I just think it is going to take quite a bit for me to get a handle on them at this rate! LOL
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