So the truth is I am absolutely playing around today. I have no other objective than to just experiment and to see if I can push my none existence skill set to something useable. And what skill set you might ask…well the one with my gel press. So today I pulled out some distress inks and a few Elizabeth Craft Design stamps and got to play.
Step One: Add drops of Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint to the Gel Press and blend with a brayer. Stamp hexagons onto the gel press leaving a pattern using the Retro Labels stamp set..
Step Two: On a scratch piece of watercolor paper, roll excess paint from the brayer. Also stamp off excess paint from the stamp.
Step Three: Press a piece of heavy cardstock onto the gel press to create a background.
Step Four: Create a background for the card frame with a similar technique as step one. I used Shaded Lilac and Picket Fence Distress Paint and the rectangle from the Retro Labels stamp set. Again roll excess paint off on scrap watercolor paper as well as stamp off excess paint from the stamp. I kept it all on the original piece of watercolor paper.
Step Five: Repeat step four, except this time use and A2 card frame to create a background.
Step Six: Repeat step one and three to create a second printed card frame. I used Seedless Preserves and Picket Fence Distress Paint and the large rectangle from the Retro Label stamp set. Let both card frames dry.
Step Seven: Stamp floral images from the First Sights of Spring stamp set in a contrasting color ink. I used Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide.
Step Eight: Add a second layer of stamping onto the card frame using a different stamp from the First Sights of Spring stamp set in a second color ink. I used Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.
Step Nine: Add a third layer of stamping onto the card frame, this time using a smaller stamp from the Spring Fling stamp set in a third ink color. I used Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide.
Step Ten: Repeat the background stamping on the other card frame. I used the hexagon stamp from the Pure Spring stamp set in Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide.
Step Eleven: Add a second layer of stamping using the whispy branches from the Spring Fling stamp set in a second color. I used Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide.
Step Twelve: Add a third layer of stamping onto the second card frame. I used a floral image from the Spring Fling stamp set with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide.
Step Thirteen: Take the original inked background and scrap watercolor paper and die cut both of them into two sizes of hexagons using the Stitched Hexagons die set.
Step Fourteen: Using a separate piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, stamp the owl image from the Pure Spring stamp set twice. Color the images and fussy cut them out. I used Copic Markers.
Step Fifteen: On both card frames, adhere the hexagons onto the frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, layering them. Add one of the owl image onto the card frame.
Step Sixteen: On both card frames, stamp a sentiment into the larger hexagon. I used the sentiment from the Retro Label Sayings stamp set.
Here is one of the finished card frames. I love the subtle stamping on the background on this one.
Here is the second card where the background stamps are more vivid. I like how the hexagons are on each layer on this card.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of the gel press technique and which of these two cards were your favorite. Until then, Happy Crafting.