Sunday, April 5, 2015

Masterboard Card using Faux Gelli Plate Technique

Last week when I made my "faux" gelli plate masterboard I was able to get 6 cuts out of one sheet of watercolor paper.  This is great when you want to make a set of cards that really look like a "set".  I started my faux technique using my craft mat instead of my gelli plate, which is great if you don't want to buy one more piece of equipment or just want to see if you even like gelli plate art.

1.  Drop 3 different colors of reinkers onto the craft mat and spray with water.

2.  Take a brayer and blend the colors together.  Next lay a sheet of watercolor paper on top of the ink and smooth the paper with your hands, this will spread the ink and pick it up at the same time.  Dry.

3.  Wipe off your mat with a baby wipe and add a contrasting color.  Make sure your paper is completely dry so the colors do not become muddy.  This time I dropped yellow and green reinkers randomly on the craft mat, sprayed water, spread the colors with a brayer and used the same piece of paper to pick up the color.  Dry.

4.  When the ink is dry, use a stencil and some gesso to pull the colors together and give the eye a place to rest.  Add more interest with a bottle cap dipped in blue ink and then flick black reinker droplets across the entire piece.  When the gesso is dry cut the paper into 6" by 4" piece panels.  These will be the backgrounds for your cards.

5.  Use stamps to decorate the panels.  For this one I stamped on a small piece of Vertigo and then enhanced the butterfly with StazOn Studio Glaze.  Using "3 in 1" adhesive the butterfly was attached to the panel easily.  Now just decorate and glue the finished panels to blank cards.  Here is one of the cards I created from this.  I'll share others at a later date.  I've included a supply list of products used here.

IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko:  Radiant Neon reinkers:  Electric Blue, E. Purple, E. Green, E. Yellow, E. Pink;  StazOn:  Jet Black reinker, Midnight Blue ink pad;  StazOn Studio Glaze:  Gold, Claret;
Vertigo panel: Breeze, Craft Mat
Stamps:  Butterfly:  Stampendous;  phrase:  DeNami Designs
Stencils:  Artistcellar:  Chunky Chevron, Sea Foam
Miscellaneous:  watercolor paper, bottle cap, heat gun, paper cutter, adhesive, brayer

Thanks for stopping by today, know that I always appreciate your visits and comments.  Hugs~ Renee


  1. Love this technique and the butterfly is gorgeous!

  2. The gold on the butterfly is amazing! I can't take my eyes off it. I want to learn to do that!

  3. A great alternative to the gelli. Lovely cards.

  4. I am glad you made this tutorial, Renee, 'cause I had a miserable "fail" when I tried it after your initial description. I will definitely try again. Fabulous butterfly, I might add!

  5. Gorgeous Renee!! I love that butterfly!

  6. Thanks very much for this, a good tip for non-Gellii plate owners. I like your six cut-out backgrounds very much and I'm sure it is more difficult to get a good result than it looks.