Hello Clique International friends, Giorgia here today sharing my very first attempt with a tool I had from ages in my craft room and never had the courage to try: gel press. It is now sold out in the shop, so some of you have it and maybe are wondering how to use it... well, let's explore it together, I assure it is a lot of fun!
I made two postcards as gift for my crafty friends: I will send them out in the mail hoping they will put a smile on their face!
As base, I used Watercolor Travel Journal | Pink pages.
As i said, Gel Press is really funny and easy to use: just put a little amount of acrylic colour on it and pour it with the hard rubber brayer. You can mix different colors to create beautiful effects (just be careful to not to mix complementary colors, since they will give a really ugly brown town).
Then grab a stencil and push it on the gel press, remove it and push your cardstock on the gel press. That's it! In this way you will transfer the colors and the effects given from the stencil to the paper.
Besides than stencils, you can use also recycled materials to create amazing textures: here I used a paper straw, but you can also try with bottle caps, medicine blisters, bubble wrap and whatever tickles your fantasy... just try and go with it and you will achieve amazing results!
Another amazing supply to create texture are stamps (not the ones with phrases and words because they will be stamped reverse side - but , why not, you could also try them!). In this example I used the rainbow stamp from this kit.
Here it is the first postcard I made:
I used Dina Wakley watersoluble scribble sticks to fill and enhance some spots in the cardstock (these are sold out, but you can try Vicky Boutin ones, I think they work in the same way). I just color on the paper with the scribble, then spread the color with a wet finger; super easy and super quick!
Here it is the final result. Then I used my sewing machine and a black thread to stitch all the cardstock outline, with straight and zig zag points.
To create the dressed girls I used this funny Simon Hurley stamp (there is also a male version of it) and the "paper piecing" technique.
First of all, you need to create the girl by stamping the head and body on white cardstock, combining them as you pleased.
Then, to create the dress, you need to stamp the body on a patterned paper of your choice (I used pink flowery paper from this kit for a girl and this paper and light blue cardstock mimic jeans for the other one).
Fussy cut the dress and glue it on top of the other stamped image.
I added scissors on the girls hands and used crafty related sentiments for both the postcards (they are in the same stamp set of the girls). For the first one I created a colorful scene with supplies from many different kits - see on the bottom of my post for the full list.
For the second postcard I used only two main colors, violet and light blue with some little accents of other colors. I cannot decide which one is my favorite!
I used these kits and supplies from the shop:
Ciao, a presto