Saturday, June 21, 2014

Having Fun with the Packing Tape Technique :-)

Hi Stampers!!

I had a great time yesterday playing around with my Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate and was able to try the Packing Tape Technique for the first time (there is a great tutorial on their blog).   This technique involves allowing your acrylic paints to do between layers and then lifting off the plate using packing tape.   

Since the packing tape is approx. 2” wide, I had three strips from one printing and was able to incorporate into three cards (plus a few scraps that I will use to make a fourth card at a later date).   

One thing that I love about the monoprinting is using “found” objects in a different way along with traditional rubber stamps- so much fun searching the house for objects to use :-)   

Since the cards will link to different challenges, I will be posting each in a separate post but all use the same technique for the packing tape :-)  This first card uses the Splitcoaststampers SC493 Sketch and the Mix-Ability MIX73 "Round and Round" Challenge (although the circles were created a bit different than the technique Lydia highlighted)- hope this is OK with Lydia but I just had to use my Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate since it is so addicting  :-)

Again, I hope you will take the time to check out the Splitcoaststampers’ sites to see the fantastic samples of the Design Teams and other entrants. 

The basic steps to create the tape transfer layers:

Create a few masks with wax paper and apply to the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.  Put a few drops of acrylic paint onto the plate and use a brayer to spread out on the plate- I used some very old acrylics I had on hand and used a few drops of metallic Titanium Teal, a Light Village Green and a metallic Green Patina.  

Once the paint was spread on the plate, I carefully removed the wax paper and allowed the paint to dry before the next step.

Put put a few drops of Soft Black acrylic paint onto a foam plate and spread with a paintbrush- I used an old protein shake strainer and dipped into the paint and “stamped” onto the plate in a few areas (remember that the design on the plate is what you will receive as the final design on your project). 

Add a few drops of Soft White to the black acrylic and use the end of a cardboard tube (mine was from the wax paper container since I used my last sheet of wax paper- lol)   Dip into the paint and press lightly onto the plate in various areas.

Add a drop of metallic Crown Red Velvet acrylic paint onto another area of the foam plate and dip the end of the paintbrush to apply a few dots around the design.

Use the paintbrush to paint onto the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and apply to the plate in a few places (re-applying paint to the stamp each time). 

Allow this layer to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Once the paint is completely dry, apply the strips of packing tape and burnish onto the plate using a Bone Folder.  Carefully peel each layer of tape off the plate, picking up the paint (great way to clean your plate)- I need help cleaning whenever I can get it- lol!!

Lay the pieces of tape onto a scrap piece of paper with the sticky side up.  Using a dry paint brush, apply a small bit of Pearl-Ex™ and dust off the excess  (I have all of the colors that Stampin’ Up! used to sell years ago and have never used them- this monoprinting is helping me use so much of my “stash”)   I used a gold on one, a gold with a bit of bronze on the other and finally silver on the last strip.

To create this card: 

Apply the tape strip to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut a circle using the Big Shot™ with the Circle Collection Framelits™ (the circle framelit™ is larger than the tape) and punch out another circle using the 2” Circle Punch from Whisper White cardstock.

Add a strip of Basic Black cardstock to the straight edge of the packing tape circle, round the edges to mirror the edges of the framelit™ and add the banners (the Gold Foil was previously embossed using the Decorative Dot Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder).  

Adhere onto the 2” punched circle of Whisper White and mount this entire circle panel onto a 2 ½” Circle from Basic Black cardstock (also cutting the 2 ½” Circle in half and spreading apart to allow just a bit of the Basic Black to show). 

Use the Big Shot™ with the Large Dot Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere this panel to the Whisper White card base.

Trim a piece of Perfect Plum Designer Series Paper (DSP) and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.   Add the vertical panels of the packing tape transfer layers (mounted onto Basic Black cardstock) and adhere a split circle of Whisper White and Basic Black to the top and bottom of the strip (the circles are from two 2 ½” punched pieces- cut in half). 

Mount the layered packing tape circle panel onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 
Using Gold Encore™ Ink, stamp the butterflies from Papillon Potpourri onto Basic Black cardstock and punch out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  Adhere to another butterfly (also punched with the Elegant Butterfly Punch from Basic Black cardstock) and mount the butterflies to the card front.

Add the Pearls to the butterfly centers and top corner of the Perfect Plum panel to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Gorgeous Grunge, Banner Blast

Ink: Encore™ Gold Pigment Ink, Acrylic Paints- Metallic Titanium Teal, Light Village Green, Metallic Green Patina, Soft Black, Soft White, metallic Crown Red Velvet

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Perfect Plum DSP (retired Hostess Pack)

Accessories: Big Shot™, Circle Collection Framelits™, Decorative Dots and Large Dots Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate, Brayer, Punches- Banner, 2” and 2 ½” Circle, Elegant Butterfly; Pearls, Pearl-Ex™ powders- Gold, Silver and Bronze

Thanks again for stopping by- I will share the other two cards created from the additional packing tape strips shortly.  I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend- I am planning on playing some more in the craft room!


Anonymous said...

These cards are gorgeous but sorry to say, but you lost me on the how-to part. Would you consider doing a tutorial with pictures? I don't know what the Gelli Arts Plates are so I want to see if I can do this with something I do have on hand. Thanks.

Julie Gearinger said...

Hi Lisa! If you Google Gelli Plates, they have a blog with a video tutorial on the packing tape method :-) There is also a written tutorial with pictures and it is so much better than anything I could create:-) Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope you give this technique a try :-)

Julie Gearinger said...

Lisa, they also have a Facebook Page under Gelli Arts Printing that has a lot of ideas and examples :-)

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