Sunday, February 26, 2017

Making Card Background using Geli Plate with Tania

Hello everyone! I've been playing with my recently purchased Geli Plate, and having a bit of fun. It's one of those things that gives you different results every time! Not always a success, but if you just keep going you learn what mediums work better than others. I used some acrylic paints this time around and made some backgrounds for a set of cards! Hope you enjoy!!!

To begin, you will need a Geli Plate, they come in different sizes, this one is a 6x6".

Have some white cardstock on hand, your craft mat and a brayer and collect your acrylic paint colours. I also used some die cuts I had sitting on my desk. (You can use stencils, leaves, bubble wrap etc, the choices are endless, but be sure not to use anything sharp on your Geli plate!!!

Now for the fun part!!! Squeeze some dots of paint onto the Geli Plate, in a few different colours, then roll your brayer over the paint, back and forth, until it has covered the plate completely. (Don't overdo it, as it may become muddy!)

Once you have some colour on the plate, you can begin to add other detail. Try using the end of a pencil or something pointy, (but not sharp), to make some sqiggly lines or circles!

Next, add some die cuts!

When you have finished decorating your plate, place your white card on top, carefully, and then using a clean brayer, roll back and forth over the top of the card, to transfer the pattern!!!

Lift off slowly and check out your results. 

(I used 2 prints from the ones above, and another from a different batch I made to make my set of cards below.)

I love the results with the bright backgrounds!
For my music card, I stamped an image & sentiment and embossed in black. to make it stand out a bit more, I painted the flowers and leaves of the stamp with a little Distress Ink and a water brush. (Mounting the background image, also helps it stand out!) 

For the 2nd card, I mounted the image on black card again, then stamped and embossed the flowers and vase on a separate piece of white card, mounted that image and coloured parts of it with Distress inks and a water brush. I also added some gold with a Posca pen. I mounted the stamped image with foam tape and before finishing off with a sentiment, I added another touch of Distress Ink and water to the top right. The sentiment is a die cut! 

For the final card, I went for a slightly different look, by cutting the Geli Plate print into strips. I taped them to the card base for my background and edged the card in black ink. I stamped and embossed a sentiment, mounted that on black, and before mounting onto my card, I placed a strip of washi tape, to sit below the sentiment. Once mounted, I added some found items on my desk, (gemstones and a little stamped dragonfly).

Thanks for taking a look, I hope I have given you a little insight into how cool Geli Plates can be in your artwork!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Love Adore Cherish by Brenda

Hello crafty friends and welcome to the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog and my tutorial post for February. Each time it is my turn to post a tutorial I try to decide if I will create something new or use my monthly challenge post. This time I'm going with my monthly challenge post for a reason that has made me very happy. I have chose it because of how many people have liked it on facebook, which makes me very proud. Now for my page -

I created my page on white cardstock by Kaisercraft and I also used some to mount my photo on and then some red cardstock just to make it pop a little more.

It was time to start my background and for this I started with Tinby Designs Color Crush - Pomegranate, Pineapple and Basil. These are wonderful products and I love them so much. They come in a small pot that has a shaker in the top so all you have to do us sprinkle just a little where you want (and i mean a little as they go a long way) and then spray with water. Depending on how much water you use will depend how it looks. 

Once this was dry I used modeling paste mixed with Dylusions Paint - Postbox Red. I mised it well with a pallet knife and then with a TCW Stencil - Diamonds I some horizontally and diagonally over the top of the Color Crush. Once I had done this I placed a little to the left hand side where I wanted to put the small ornate frame and flower. Once I had the Modeling Paste stenciled where I wanted it I heated it slightly with a heat gun. The reason for not sitting it aside to dry is because I wanted it to bubble up just a little to create some extra texture. Once this was finished I used Kaisercrafts Clear Script Stamp and stamped here and there even going over the red modeling paste. I then used some Viva Inka Gold Rub - Brown/Gold and put a little with my finger on the bubbled up bits of the red texture paste. Once that was finished I used some Dusty Attic  Paint - Mountain Dew and a fan brush to flick some paint here and there to give it some more texture and depth.

Once this was done I set my 12 x 12 cardstock aside and it was time to work on the chipboards. Each of the chippies I placed on my craft mat and used my finger in an up and down motion (NOT wiping) I coated them with the white Modeling Paste. After I coated each one I then heated them with a heat gun. Doing this makes it form peaks and a real roughness to them. Now I used Viva Inka Gold Rub - Lava Red and again my finger :) and went over the ruffness and peaks with it so I ended up with a red and white title and frame.

Now it was time for me to start putting my page together, so I punched out two different size hearts in red and cream cardstock and inked the edges with Distress Ink - Walnut Stain and I was ready with craft glue in hand. Before attaching anything I always sit everything on my page and play around to see where I want everything. Once I'm happy with my page I then take some photos with my phone. You can use a phone of a camera it is just to be able to use the photos to refer to after you have decided where you want things. You the remove and start to glue them o place.

The first thing I glued down were my straws but once this is done you will find that your photo wont sit at the right height because of them. I then used some cardboard behind the photo where there were no straws to built up until it was at the same height.
I then placed my ornate frame and then the flowers on it. 

I then placed the other Little Birdie paper flowers tucking under the edge of my photo just a little and lastly my chipboard title. Once this was done the only thing left to do was to decide if I had the hearts in the right place and to glue them down.
My page was finished. 

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and please keep scrolling to see what the other extremely talented Design Team have been creating. Also while here we would love to see you join in with our monthly challenge, we always have something for you to have fun with.
Until my next post here at Off The Rails Scrapbooking -  Happy Crafting.
Brenda xxx

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pocket Letter with Felicity

Hello, Felicity here today.

Ever felt a little whole in your heart, but yet you just cant find it and wonder what it needs to filled? Perhaps you feel a like a balloon slowly being deflated. You want to stay like a nice round balloon, full of air and waiting for little fingers to play with you, to love you and take care of you.

Life can slowly put a little prick in your balloon and the air slowly releases out. You try to keep yourself a float, you nurture yourself, you try to stay calm but still that little whole is releasing air and your slowly deflating. How can this whole be patched up?

Sometimes it takes a little self care. Time to strengthen yourself. Reflect on how far you've come and the many many blessings you have.  To simply be thankful for all you have.

I've had this longing in my heart to send some pretty things to someone. To swap pocket letters and share a little kindness and love.  I am only a ammeter at these, but I can tell you that it certainly patched that little whole in my balloon. Making this pocket letter made me thankful for just the simply of creating. Sticking pretty things together and filling it with pretties for someone to cherish.

I want to keep this balloon tight and full of air. If you want to trade Pocket letters, leave me a comment on my blog, or pop over to Instagram.

Friends, find that little whole, search your heart and fill it.
Your balloon will thank you!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Watercolour Tutorial with a Difference by Narelle

Hi it's Narelle here. Today I have a watercolour tutorial - with a difference. I am not going to show you the normal watercolour technique, but something a bit different. First  let's take a look at the card on which I used this technique. In case you missed it, I featured it yesterday on my blog.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

It doesn't look like there is any water colouring on this card, does there? But there is. All the flowers and leaves have been water coloured. This is how you do it.

You will need some watercolour pencils, stamps, aqua painter and card stock.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

Next step is to wet  the stamps with your aqua painter. This works best on the red rubber stamps.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

Now use your watercolour pencils and colour in the stamp. Sometimes the water will dry before you are finished, so you have to work quickly.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

Once the stamp is coloured, stamp onto your card stock.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

This is the effect you will get. And each time you do it, you will get a different look.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

It is a fun technique and a different way of using your water colour pencils.

So In Love - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

I hope you have learned something new today and have a go at this technique soon.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February mid month Challenge with DT Reveal

February's mid month Challenge with DT Reveal

Welcome to our challenge at Off the Rails.

It's mid month February and the DT is excited to share their interpretations of the challenge to inspire you.

Our fabulous sponsors for the month are: 

The Challenge this month is: the mood board below

And here are the DT projects to inspire you.

Thanks for joining us today. We are looking forward to you playing along, sharing your project in the link so we can visit and leave a comment. We also love to be inspired by you too.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Song of Love with Jaehee

Hello my craft friends
Today, I share stories about working with ribbon.

Cut the heart shape and cut it into the desired size.
You'd better use a heart shape as a hard piece of paper.

Prepare two colored ribbons according to the length of the paper.
Tie two strands of ribbon together in tight braid.
Put the first ribbon down at the bottom, Put the second ribbon on top of it.

 Wrap the ribbon over the top, and turn it over.
Repeat the same work and cover the heart with a ribbon.
The outer layer of the heart decorates the background with ink.

 Embossing and coloring using  Heartfelt Creations stamps.

Cut the colored flower into slices and use it as a point.

Completed scrapbook with pink love!!

Thanks for joining me today.. see you again soon.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Working with Fabrics with Carol

Hi, everyone. Carol here today sharing my project using fabric scraps. I have a big bag of them, given to me by a friend who sews alot. I'm so blessed!! :)

"Live Colorfully"

So I made an art journal page with the fabric scraps. I prep the page first with clear gesso (or you can also use white gesso) then added white paint randomly across page. Adhere the fabric scraps with matt gel medium under and over them.  Applied a thin layer of watered down white gesso to tone down the brightness of the fabric scraps.

Adhere the Prima Julie Nutting girl and ephemeras w glossy accent (yup, I use it as glue) and journal my thoughts with sharpie pens.

Hope you like my project. If you don't have fabric scraps, you can also use your paper scraps. It's a great way to use them up. Mix the pieces around and you can create a fun and easy background.

Thanks for dropping by. Do join us in our February Moodboard challenge. Have fun.