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I am back from my holidays for over a week now and I am right back in the swing of work and leisure life here.

As you may have noted, I had not only a holiday from work, but also from craft, blogging, sport, writing my weekly card and everything else I am doing on a regular basis.

So I am starting with a fresh and clear mind and slowly easing back into the craft swing. I always struggle a bit to get started again and getting the creative juices flowing, when I haven’t done anything for a while.

So my first craft project was using my Gelli Arts – Gel Printing Plate. Its a gel plate for monoprinting. There are tons of techniques and ways to use it. I haven’t played a lot, but so far I have been very happy with the outcome.

Lets look at this try: “Printing on clear packing tape”:
First I painted the Gelli Plate with blue, let dry, then added yellow circles with a toilet paper role, let dry, green dots with a piece of bubble wrap, let dry, red strokes and dots with a brush and because I wasn’t patient enough to let it fully dry I mixed some white into the red. Last I added the white dots with the back of a pencil. (all color acrylic paint)

Gelli Plate colouredOnce it was fully dry, I covered the whole plate with clear packing tape. You can see where it is a bit darker blue, I have covered it already.

covered with packing tapeAfter rubbing the tape on with a bone scorer I pulled carefully each strip off. The amazing side effect, a nearly perfectly clear Gelli Plate:

Nearly perfectly clearI ended up with having 6 stripes. Here the back of the stripes:

stripesI decided to use them individually to create some cards. Since the stripes where a bit transparent I felt I need to add something light to the card. So I came up with the idea of stamping an image on transparent.

I used a Staz On stamp pad and had to stamp a couple of times, as the transparent was quite slippery. But the good thing was, I could just wipe away the not so good stamped image with a tiny bit of Staz On Cleaner, hence there was nothing lost other than time.
Once it was dry I cut it out with a metal die and my Sizzix Big Shot.

I added some blue spray paint and also created drops with it, stamped a sentiment and added a little dragon fly and done was my first card!

From there the other cards developed with similar techniques with spray paint and/or some transparent items. Overall I am very happy with the outcome of these cards.
What do you think?


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