Peek Through



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Today Friday, is project 2, over at #birgitkoopsengelprintingchallenge – #31daysofgelprinting – #falliginlovewithgelprinting on Instagram, and the theme is Peek Through.  I started with a geli printing plate filled with green acrylic paint and built up different shades onto a piece of card.  I then added the wording ‘I am Fashion’ and a few circles cut from old magazines.  The spine is covered in Tim Holtz wash tape.




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Today. Saturday, is project 3 over at #birgitkoopsengelprintingchallenge – #31daysofgelprinting – #falliginlovewithgelprinting on Instagram, and the theme is  Stencil.  I started by splurging pink and red acrylic paint over a geli printing plate, then added cranberry, green and blue.  Once dry I used a diamond, honeycomb and swirl stencil, using white acrylic paint.  I then used a transparency with words on in the top left corner



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Today Sunday,  is project 4, over at #birgitkoopsengelprintingchallenge – #31daysofgelprinting – #falliginlovewithgelprinting on Instagram, and the theme is Texture.  I made some small tags and covered these will numerous acrylic paint from my gel plate, then cut out some pictures from old magazines and used stamps from Dylusions.  I then stuck them into my Dylusions Journal.

Hope you are having as much fun as I am using my geli plate each day.

Crayon Resist

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Today, Monday, is project 5, over at #birgitkoopsengelprintingchallenge – #31daysofgelprinting – #falliginlovewithgelprinting on Instagram and  the theme is Crayon Resist.  I started by using stencils and a wax pencil on the card stock.  Then using my geli plate, inked up with muted pastel and red acrylic paint, which formed dark patterns on the card stock.  I then repeated the process and on my geli plate pink, burgundy and light blue acrylic paint.  I then took a baby wipe, and wiped off the excess paint shedding light on the crayon shapes.

Geli Printing Challenge


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Starting today for the month of March is a fantastic geli plate challenge by Brigit Koopsen who is a favourite artist and blogger of mine.  Tune in each day for my posts and follow me on instagram #stardatejaneway.  Today is CIRCLES.


I started by using my geli plate on 2 sides of my art journal with light pastel acrylic paint randomly rolled across the plate surface then sprayed with water for a lighter feel and took off the excess water with kitchen roll.  I then used circles cut from bath sponges again in light pastels and dotted them over the two pages making it look co-ordinated.  I then cut out some circle shapes in different colours and from old book pages then cut different items from old magazines such as flowers, hearts, butterflies, and also used Ranger word stamps.  I then drew around the circles in both black and white pens, making them stand out.

Which Ink?


Rubber stamping is a popular craft.  Scrapbookers, card makers and altered artists all use rubber stamping to add to their art. Basically, all you need to start stamping are stamps, paper and ink. It sounds easy, but with so many different types of inks out there, it can be difficult to know which ink to use when. Here’s a list of the most common inks and what they do for rubber stamping.

Dye ink is the most common ink used in rubber stamping. Dye inks dry fast, and most brands are waterproof so you can color your stamped image without the ink smearing, even when using watercolors. They are great for thin lines and outline images, but on bold rubber stamps they have a tendency to bubble and leave an uneven impression.

Pigment inks come in a number of vibrant colors and metallics and are permanent on more surfaces than dye inks. Once stamped, pigment inks stay wet much longer and often need to be heat set on glossy surfaces. This makes them ideal for embossing, just pour clear embossing powder over your stamped image and melt it with your heat tool to emboss in a variety of colors. Pigment inks tend to bleed and smear, so use a steady hand when stamping.

Hybrid inks, like Stuart Superior’s Palette hybrid inks, have properties similar to both dye and pigment inks. They dry fast and are waterproof like a dye ink but have the strong colors and can be used on many different surfaces like a pigment. They are a great general use ink.

Watermark inks such as Versamark leave a dark impression, especially on dark cardstocks. They are invisible on light cardstocks, which makes for a number of great stamping techniques. They hold chalk, resist ink on glossy cardstocks, and stay wet long enough to use as a clear embossing ink, and generally yield better results.

Embossing inks are either clear or slightly tinted, and are only used for heat embossing.

Chalk inks are based on chalk instead of dye or pigment. They are permanent with heat setting on many surfaces, and they have a soft pastel look when stamped. The best feature of chalk inks is that they ink up a bold rubber stamp evenly and give a smooth impression when stamped. Chalk inks will stain acrylic (clear) stamps, but they are safe to use on regular rubber.

Solvent ink, like StazOn, is permanent on almost everything. Solvent ink is great for a number of different crafts and dries quickly. Because it is solvent based, other solvents such as Sharpies will cause the ink to run and smear. After using solvent ink make sure to clean your stamps with a solvent cleanser or your stamps will stain.

Each rubber stamping ink has a different purpose for which it was designed, and part of the fun of rubber stamping is experimenting with the various inks and developing new techniques. Although you will only need a couple of the general use inks to get started, the specialized inks are fun to play with and add a whole new dimension to your crafts.