Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Make a Mess!

This fortnight's assignment at Shopping Our Stash is a fun one, providing you are dressed appropriately, lol. We want you to get out those fabulously messy stash items we all love: glitter, paint, pigment powders, liquid or spray or alcohol inks... so put on an apron and have some fun!

6" round gel plate: gel press; large rectangular plate: gelli arts; acrylic paints: dina wakley, golden, liquitex plus some junky craft paint for "clean up" prints; stencils: background flowers: folk art; dots: bo bunny; lace: tim holtz; leaf stencils: wendy vecchi, penny black, stencil girl; flower die: memory box; leaf die: dress my craft; ink for edges: ranger distress oxide; adhesives: xyron, elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine 

I like quite a few types of messy media: ColorBursts, of course, and my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and Gloss Sprays; but I had a specific person in mind for whom I wanted to make a birthday card, so I decided to go with gel printing! When Stephanie was here last year, she had a brilliant idea for re-stocking our nearly depleted stashes of beloved Basic Grey semi-solid-color papers, by essentially pulling prints that were mostly one color of paint, with a just little grungy residue from whatever the last color and.or pattern was. Since then, I've done the same thing with various paints and inks and it's become a go-to technique. My diecut poppies and leaves are made from a dark green and a pink + red version. Of course, once you've got the plate and paints out, you might as well rock the stencils too, so I've incorporated a print with every shade of green imaginable that used several stencils. I honestly didn't like it on it's own, but as a frame, it's pretty cool! The yellow circle with stenciled leaves is a leftover from a gel printing class I taught at Paper Anthology last year, in which we practiced adding multiple layers, on successive pulls, one stencil at a time.

Hop on over to SOS and check out the beautiful messes embraced by my DT sisters, then start plotting what you will make this time! ♥


  1. I guess when they say make a mess the first thing that comes to mind is the Gelli plate, Wow this is some kind of awesome. love everything and the stitching is perfect love the poppies too. Fab. creation.

  2. This challenge was MADE for you (and for me so I fully intend to play along and not procrastinate it out of my brain). But seriously this card is dreamy. All those layers - all those patterns! All that stitching! They say the devil is in the details, but I think they're wrong because this card is a miracle and that can only be angelic of nature.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the elements and of course the composition and color integration are perfect!

  4. Ohhhhhh soooooo beautiful...I have no idea what a gel / gelli plate is but I am totally going to google!


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