Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - It's all about the Girls

Thanks for dropping by.  My card for this month's challenge wasn't planned, it just evolved. It all started with a trip to my local frame shop which also stocks artists materials.  I was looking to see if they stocked Artisan oil colours which I needed for my art course.  They didn't, but the very helpful assistant asked me if I also used acrylics.  She directed me to a box of very cheap end of line acrylics they had just got in.  The colours were all very vivid and I can understand why they hadn't sold.  Thinking they would be great for Gelli printing I came away with 8 tubes including a fluorescent red, blue and yellow. 

My next craft session was playing with the Gelli plate and my new colours. I have got lots of printed papers from that session stashed away for another day but one got used for three cards for this month's challenge, as you will see.  As I wasn't planning any cards at the time I didn't take any photos of the Gelli plate session but I have tried to replicate it again to show you how I did it.  Of course there is no way I could get it exactly the same but I think it's near enough. 

Stamps: Claritystamp Rosie
Inks:      Archival black
Other:    Claritystamp Stencil card, Acrylic paints, Black and white pens, sticky labels, Spectrum Noir colouring pencils

  • First the Gelli print.  I used the fluorescent blue and yellow but substituted a permanent rose colour instead of the fluorescent red which had come out a bit orangy in previous prints. 
  • Blob dots of colour over the gelli plate.  

  • I don't have a mega mount for this size Gelli plate, so I have improvised with an old glass table mat, which works just as well. Just ignore the chequerboard pattern of the mat.
  • Spread out the paint using a palette knife.

  • Take a print

  • Very bright and needs toning down a bit.
  • Brayer some Mixing white onto the Gelli.  I have found the mixing white is more translucent than Titanium white and takes longer too dry.
  • Place a circle stencil on the plate.  Mine is an old mathematical stencil from my teaching days but Clarity has lots of stencils to choose from. Thinking about it now, I have got one with circles on I could have used. Never mind.

  • Rather than laying the whole print on top, press the print onto various circles where there is a very bright section.  I also pressed onto the left side to get some random marks.

  • Doesn't show up much here but the white is there and because it is translucent the colours below show through.
  • Doodle flowers and leaves where you see them. 
  • This version is a bit lighter than the original used for my cards and I didn't spend so much time on the doodling but I hope it gives you an idea of how I made the print.

  • Now the easy bit.  Cut the card into three bits.
  • Stamp Rosie onto the card and also onto a sticky label using Archival black ink.
  • Colour in the dress on the label and then cut out and stick onto the card over the stamped image.
  • Use Spectrum Noir pencils to add some colour to her hair, face and arms.
  • Trim and then mount onto white and then purple card. 
Version 2
Version 3

Looking forward to seeing all the Girly entries this month.  Easy to enter, check out details here, and you might be the lucky winner of the £50 Claritystamp voucher.

If you pop back here again in mid March I will show you another card I have made using  a background paper from the same Gelli session. Not a Gelli print but paper used to clean the brayer on

Lesley x


  1. Love all versions. Those colours popand the rest of the backgrounds are great too.

  2. All these cards are stunning I just love the backgrounds. Xx

  3. Hi Lesley! What a brilliant card design and a brilliant blog to go with it. I think all the versions are perfect. So vibrant and funky. I was having a look at our other art work and I have to say you are very talented indeed. Hugs xxx

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  5. Hi Lesley all your cards are just brilliant. The colours are gorgeous and you've inspired me to be a little braver with colour. x

  6. Love how you have done this the colours are beautiful together they make it x

  7. These colours are so zingy and certainly make your art work stand out - fantastic. Time to frame them now, methinks! I also love your doodly doodles - don't know if I could do it for fear of making a mistake. Stamping on labels is just so cool - I discovered this about Christmas card time and how it improved the production line. ;~}

  8. Amazing colours Lesley; those gelli prints are just fabulous. Your doodling is great - something I wish I was more confident about doing. And I love all your cards, but the first is my favourite with her sunny yellow dress. Xxx

  9. I love those vivid colours Lesley and that's a great way of dressing Rosie. I get into all sorts of mess when I stamp an image, then mask it before pulling a gelli-print. Great step-by-step. Thank you for sharing :-) x

  10. Hi Lewsey. This is great love the vibrancy and a great idea to do the dress on a sticky label x

  11. Hi Lewsey. This is great love the vibrancy and a great idea to do the dress on a sticky label x

  12. Love the bright colours on these cards Lesley and brilliant instructions. I don't have a gelli plate but think it is a lovely way to make backgrounds. xx

    1. I love my Gelli and use it a lot to make backgrounds. Well worth the investment. Thanks for visiting and your kind comments. x

  13. Love the bright colours on these cards Lesley and brilliant instructions. I don't have a gelli plate but think it is a lovely way to make backgrounds. xx