Tuesday, March 17, 2020


We'll be revisiting the Gelli plate again this fortnight and using acrylic paints on them as well as some leaves and fronds from the garden.  This is another simple way to add interest to a Gelli plate background with only a few colours.  I only used 3 different types of leaves for these samples but created about a dozen different backgrounds.  My Gelli plate that I used is 5" x 7" as I usually do ATC's which are only small, so I can get 2 good prints out of each print from the Gelli plate.  I used a combination of plain white paper, black card and deli paper.

"Embalm and Carrion"

"I Just Cawed"
(the bird is cut from silver mirror card, very shiny!)

"Be quite"

"No Desire"
(This background is a little hard to see but
it has a copper edge around the leaves that
the computer doesn't show)

"Unfollow People"

"What I want"

Below are some of the samples from the various pulls from the Gelli plate.
All of these are 5" x 7" in size.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Alcohol Inks work beautifully on non-porous surfaces so when I came across some metallic, stainless-steel looking contact, I wondered how it would go with alcohol inks.  Well, in a word, fantastic!  I attached the contact first to some cardstock for stability, then simply added alcohol inks and some 91% alcohol to get it to spread around, blew it around with my rubber puffer and it created these gorgeous backgrounds that have extra shimmer and a great metallic look when you tilt them to the light.  Once again, the pictures on the screen don't do these atc's justice as you just can't see the extra sheen that comes from the contact without seeing it in the flesh.  If you can get hold of some metallic finish contact, give it a try.  Promise you won't be disappointed!

"Some birds"

"Same mistake"

"Planet B"

"Wednesday Adams"

"I am ok"


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Glue & Mold Embellishments

I had forgotten how much fun it is to play with glue sticks and silicone molds.  BTW, mold is the British/Aussie spelling, mould is the US spelling.  I've used both.  😏
I have used both black glue sticks as well as the usual clear glue sticks in the molds.  Simply chop some of them up into pieces that will fit comfortably in your mold, then heat with a heat gun until it melts.  If your mold has small, detailed areas, you may need to do those little areas first, then drop in some bigger pieces on top.  I usually end up with some bubbling but I actually like the imperfection that you get this way.  The beauty of using the clear glue is you can paint it whatever base colour you want before you swipe over some metallic wax to pick up the raised areas to show these as a highlight.  Of course, you can also put a glue stick in your glue gun and fill a mold that way but I find it cools a little quickly before you get finished.  Try it either way, see which you prefer.  As long as you use flexible silicone molds, the heat gun won't worry the mold.  Even chocolate or soap molds will work!  Take care to let the glue shape sit for about 10 minutes to cool completely before you peel it out.  I have attached mine using a good quality double-sided tape.  Of course, smaller molds will set faster and the more detailed, the more difficult it is to do.  But I have been known to use a pin to drag the hot glue into areas where the glue hasn't gone before it sets.  Just take care, it's very hot and it will stick to your fingers and keep burning.
Final note:  If you paint your clear glue embellishments, you can't hurry along the drying process of the paint as you'll melt the glue embellishment.  I thought I'd be clever by adding a little embossing powder to the owl, well, that didn't work out the best as I lost some of the definition on the bottom of the feet.  No-one else knows, ok?  😉

(That's a frozen Hans Solo small chocolate mold I bought on eBay!)

(This tombstone is a Halloween chocolate mold)

(Little bat wing molds)

"Results may vary"
(This mold is a silicone ice cube one)

"Looking for a sword"
(The owl is from a clay silicone mold set)

"Don't look back"
(A small butterfly mold.  Yes I know,
not my usual style.  🙄🙄)

Finally, another sample from last week's Gelli Plate & Distress
Oxide Ink class.
"Full of terrors"

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


We'll be breaking out the Gelli plates for this class.  Some of us are new to them so I wanted to do a clean and simple technique (hence the C & S description in the title) that is so easy to do, and not much clean-up.  We are using the Distress Oxide Ink Pads on the Gelli plate, no water, for a beautifully blended background.  You can then do whatever you want on it, stamp, add die-cuts, images, whatever you want.  Later in this book, we'll be visiting the Gelli plates again for some other techniques, this one will just get our feet wet with a quick intro to a great product.

"Strange Smell"

"Weed it and reap"


"New beginning"

"Thought bubbles"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Our first class back for 2020 is Distress Oxide Sprays.  I have a collection of these sprays, not all of them, but about 70% of them, so I have a pretty good selection of colours to choose from.  I used these sprays, along with the Distress Spray Stains to create these backgrounds and also used the Oxide Sprays to colour the stamped images.  This was done by adding a little of the spray from the tube in the bottle to a piece of acetate and then picking up the colour with an Aqua Brush to messily colour the images.  Messy watercolouring stamped images is so much quicker and easier than precise colouring.  🙂
I used a piece of acetate to mask off the moon section before spraying, then spritzed lightly with water after the sprays had dried.  This causes the sprays to run a little and create the spooky moon effect.

"Already Disturbed"

"Bling out your dead"

"Fear not"

"Hocus Pocus"

 "Pitch Black" 


(This one has no moon on it, but I wanted to show the
girls the gorgeous Mercury Glass die-cuts and it does
have a Distress Oxide background)

This is my cover for book #23.  It is 20cm x 15cm (or 8" x 6" if you still work imperial rather than metric sizing).  

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Each year the final class of the year is always a Christmas theme.  This year I've created some backgrounds that have a matte finish, but with a bit of shine to them as well.  A couple of the samples are just Distress Oxide ink backgrounds as the colours just worked really well with the pics that I chose but the others are all the Matt & Shine backgrounds.  Luckily I get a great choice of creepy Christmas quotes and images to use along with my embellishments and backgrounds.  Have a Creepy Christmas and I'll be back in 2020.  🖤💝🖤

"Merry Creepmas"
(Matt & Shine background)

(Distress Oxide background)

(Matt & Shine background, along
with some white ultra thick embossing
powder and some silver sparkles)

"Nice package"
(Matt & Shine background.   Sorry,
couldn't help myself.  Actually, not
sorry at all.)

"Deck the halls"
(Matt & Shine background)

"Santa Claws"
(Distress Oxide background)

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Alcohol ink is normally used on a smooth background but it can look amazing when used on a textured background as the ink will run along with any barriers that it meets and can pool in unexpected ways.  The addition of Pinata metallics adds another level of interest.  These samples are all created on gloss card stock and the texture is plain old white Elmers glue that has been heated to cause it to puff up, pop and ooze.  Take care not to burn the card.

(The metal heartbeat embellishment is normally
silver, but has been made a gold colour by using 
the Pinata Brass over it, as it will stick to metal.)





Below are some sample pieces before any addition
of pictures/embellishments so you can see
the texture.