Sunday, 30 March 2014

adirondack inks and the gelli plate

It was the Happy Stampers rubber stamping festival yesterday and I had a fabulous time meeting up with loads of stamping friends (with no local stamp store anymore it's our twice yearly chance to touch base, other than on the internet) ...

... and shopping of course!  I also learnt a new technique.  It had never occurred to me to use my gelli plate with inks so I couldn't wait to try it out at home after Tracey, from Lavinia Stamps, had shown me.  She has made a youtube video, which you can watch here and I took some step by step photos for my third tag.

I apologise for the light, I took these photos this evening.  The beauty of the gelli plate is that you can see through it, so place a tag underneath and use this as a template for where to brayer and stamp.

After brayering with adirondack inks I stamped some Lavinia stamp images, using the same ink pads, then lined my tag up with the tag underneath the gelli plate.

Using a gelli plate gives a different texture to the stamped images.  I'm still learning about how much ink etc to apply so added some more colour using a sponge.

I used my spun sugar distress ink pad to add a pale pink to my tag as I wanted to enter this month's Lavinia Stamps challenge where the theme is 'add some pink'.  Since I'd used some distress ink I splashed some water on in order to lift some ink off.  The 'water' I used was from my water jar on the table, which I'd used to rinse my brushes off, so had effectively turned into watered down acrylic paint, but I do like the effect it gave!!

Tracey's new zen line of stamps are gorgeous and I bought a fair few with my birthday money!!  

I stamped the teasels onto the tag then stamped them onto some white paper so I could paper piece them......

....I just LoVe black and white imagery against a coloured background.

Thanks so, so much for sharing this technique with me Tracey, I just LoVe it!!  I'm entering this tag in this month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge, 'Add something pink'.


  1. BEAUTIFUL Sarah! Great technique, Tracey's new stamps look stunning thanks for sharing:-) x

  2. Super,duper tags.... they are brilliant and so vibrant ... right up my street.
    Good luck in the challenge
    Eileen xxx

  3. Be-ootiful! Brilliant tags, love the colours! Wish I'd got that wiggly mushroom trail now - it really does add an extra something to that tag! Hugs, Chrisx

  4. Thanks for the great tip about putting a tag under the gelli-plate for lining up - I'd never thought of that.

  5. Terrific tags! I so missed going to Port Sunlight on Saturday - glad you had a nice time there. I got a Gelli plate for Christmas but haven't plucked up the courage to try it out yet! Thanks for all the tips :)

  6. I've never made it to Port Sunlight (hoping for October) everyone says its a great show.... Your gelli plate tag looks fabulous.

  7. ooh Sarah - you are making me wonder if I need a gelli plate (up to now I have said NO). Love those tags.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. Your tags are sooo beautiful Sarah! The colors you use always make my heart sing! xoxo

  9. Superbly vivid colours there - love the images, too. I seriously think I NEED those words, though... ooher!

  10. I found your blog,most surprised to find you are in the UK.i gave up on the catcha a long time ago without any problems.
    I am off to check out the video now. I have a feeling that this will be a day to give in to distractions.


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