Patina Play – Gel Press Fun

I purchased a Gel Press a few months ago, but it’s been sitting idly in the package ever since because I just wasn’t sure where to begin. I watched quite a few YouTube videos, but it still seemed a bit daunting to me. Through all this, I discovered Carolyn Dube’s website, A Colorful Journey. She’s an amazing Gel Press artist and teacher, so when I saw last week she was offering a new Gel Printing FUNdamentals online workshop, I jumped at the chance and signed up! The class doesn’t officially start until next week (August 28), but even after just watching her introductory/welcome videos, I couldn’t resist pulling out my Gel Press and playing.

As is generally the case on my blog, you can click any of the images to see a larger view. I think that’s something you’ll definitely want to do for this post. A small photo just isn’t enough. 🙂

Mel's Card Corner | Patina Play

This is the very first print I created and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. Using the tips Carolyn provided in the intro videos, I figured out how to avoid brayer lines in my print, how to achieve a good blend, and more. I used a combination of regular acrylic and metallics to create this patina look. I really wish the gorgeous shimmer of this card would show up in the photos. As usual, the photos simply don’t do it justice.

I achieved this look by doing three different layers. For the first layer, I mixed some Viridian and White together to give me a soft teal color. For the next layer, I used some Festive Green metallic to punch up the green a bit and give it a little shimmer. I decided it was a bit too green though, so I added a layer of gold metallic on a whim. That’s when the amazing patina effect happened. I’m so glad I took Carolyn’s advice and just kept going with it rather than giving up which I was definitely considering after the second pull.

Mel's Card Corner | Patina Play

Naturally, I couldn’t let this gorgeous print go unused. After it was good and dry, I turned it into a card straight away. Since I used a 5×7″ Gel Press to create the print, I started by trimming it down first. I decided which section I liked best, then trimmed it to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

Since I didn’t want my stamped images detracting from the gorgeous print, I decided to keep everything just plain black and white. To dress it up a bit, I decided to try the stamp etching technique I learned from my friend Lydia over at Understand Blue. I definitely need some more practice with this technique, but I thought it turned out pretty well for my first attempt.

The stamps I used are from the Bloomin’ Bouquet set from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection by Catherine Pooler Designs. I used the coordinating dies for the foliage, but since I did a bit of masking to have two flowers bunched together on my card, I had to fussy cut them. If I were doing it again, I wouldn’t bother with the masking. I would have stamped them separately and using the coordinating dies. This would have given me the opportunity to put them at different heights to create more dimension. Since I masked them, I added a little shading with Copic markers (C2 and C0) instead.

Mel's Card Corner | Patina Play

I stamped one of the sentiments from the stamp set directly on the print using VersaFine Black Onyx ink. While the ink was still wet, I added some clear embossing powder then used my heat tool to set it.

To assemble the card, I matted the patina layer on a piece of black card stock cut to 4 x 5-1/4″ using Tombow liquid glue. I used the Tombow glue because the print warped a bit as I was heat embossing the sentiment and I knew a good strong glue would help keep it flattened out. I adhered the foliage directly to the patina layer using some more of the Tombow liquid glue. Finally, I adhered the flowers over the foliage using some thin foam squares and that completed the card.

Until next time …

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One comment

  1. Maggie B says:

    WOW Mel! You haven’t even started the class and you’re already getting great results. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you’ve got coming up for us when the class actually does start! Well done and thanks for sharing….maybe I’ll finally take mine out one of these days. lol ~HUGS~

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