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How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks & Stencils

Gel plates, Distress Oxides & stencils? Why yes please! Hey crafty friends, I'm back today sharing a couple of new slimline cards and how to create backgrounds with gel plates, Distress Oxide Inks and stencils. This technique has recently become a favorite of mine for many reasons. I love the mixed media look of it, how easy it is to clean up during and after the process, how it lets me use a bunch of my crafty supplies in new ways, and the unique one of a kind backgrounds I can create. The other great thing about this technique is it can be used for more than just cards. This technique could be used to create fodder, in your junk journal and more.

If you are interested in watching my process, I invite you to head over to my Instagram and check out my very first IGTV video.

How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks and Stencils by Juliana Michaels


How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks and Stencils

Featuring: 
  • Scrapbook.com Flower Garden Slimline Stencil
  • Scrapbook.com Mod Circles Stencil
  • Scrapbook.com Little Boxes Stencil
  • Scrapbook.com Memories Stamp Set
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Media Marks Thinlits
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunged Stamp Set
  • Pinkfresh Studio Glacier Jewels
Each of these cards features the Flower Garden Slimline Stencil, Mod Circle Stencil and Little Boxes Stencil from Scrapbook.com and Distress White Heavystock cut to 3.25 x 7 inches. Let me walk you through how I created each layer for the gel plate background.

Let's Celebrate Slimline Card | How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks and Stencils by Juliana Michaels

First layer: I began by applying Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink to my Gel Plate with a brayer and then laid the Flower Garden Slimline Stencil on top of the ink. Next, I placed a piece of Distress White Heavystock on top and I rubbed over the paper to push it into the stencil. I then peeled off the paper to reveal the lifted ink design. To use up the remaining ink, I took a second piece of paper and created what I call the second lifted designs and is the piece I used on the second card I'm sharing below.


Second layer: I repeated the above process this time using the Mod Circles Stencil with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. I did the first lift on the first piece of paper and the second lift on the second piece of paper which was used as the background on the second card I'm sharing.


Third layer: Once again, I repeated the same process. This time I used the Little Boxes Stencil with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide. However, because I just wanted a touch of yellow, I used the first lift technique on both cards. That means I applied the ink the the gel plate, placed the stencil on top, then the paper and repeated this process again for the second piece of paper. I then pulled up the remaining ink with a piece of "scratch" paper that I actually ended up using on another card I'll be sharing soon.


With the gel plate printing completed, I decided to add some stamping for a bit more color and interest. On this first card, I inked up the alphabet stamp from the Tim Holtz Grunged Stamp Set with Peacock Feather Distress Oxide Ink. I then added the squiggly line image using Archival Ink in Black Soot. Next, I added a die cut from the Media Marks Thinlits. The sentiment is from the Scrapbook.com Memories Stamp Stamp and I finished off the card with a few Pinkfresh Studio Glacier Jewels.


Here is the second card using the second background I created. 

Hi Slimline Card | How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks and Stencils by Juliana Michaels

As you can see, I added some stamping to this card as well. Here I used the Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers with the dotted stamp from the Grunged Stamp Set. I then stamped the small circle with Black Soot Archival Ink.


You might notice that some of the circles seem light in color. That is because I stamped the image twice before reinking it.


I once again added a die cut from the Media Marks Thinlits Set and a sentiment from the Memories Stamp Set by Scrapbook.com. I used the Stacked Circles Thinlits to die cut the word and create the layered look.


To finish off this second card, I added some more of the beautiful Pinkfresh Studio Glacier Jewels. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how to create backgrounds with gel plates, Distress Oxide Inks and stencils! I also hope you take a few minutes to check out my IGTV video. I'd love to hear what you think about it!


Supplies

As always, you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Potted 2 Bigz Die | Use Your Wings Slimline Card

Hello friends! I'm back with my final project to share from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Youtube Live. Today I'm sharing a slimline card I created that features the Potted 2 Bigz Die and the Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade.

Use Your Wings Slimline Card by Juliana Michaels featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Potted 2 Bigz Die and Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade


USE YOUR WINGS SLIMLINE CARD – Tim Holtz Sizzix Potted 2 Bigz Die and Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade

Featuring: 
  • Potted 2 Bigz Die
  • Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade
  • Wildflower Stems 1, 2 and 3 Thinlits Dies
  • Funky Insects Thinlits Dies
  • Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.


For the background I began with a piece of Distress White Heavystock cut to 3.5x8.25 inches. I rubbed a Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink pad directly onto the raised portion of the inside front panel of the Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade, placed the top third of my paper inside the folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. This applied ink to the flat sections of the design while still embossing the pattern into the paper. I repeated this process and placed the embossing folder onto the middle half of the paper. I then finished the panel by repeating the process a third time. 


To make the piece look like 3 separate pieces of paper sewn together, I then added some machine stitching using a zig zag stitch between the sections and then all the way around the outside edge of the background panel.


With the background completed, I moved onto watercoloring a mix of Wildflower Stems using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. The colors I used include: Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Kitsch Flamingo, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.


Next, I went about creating the flower pot using the Potted 2 Bigz Die. I first die cut a piece of silver metallic kraftstock using the die and then I cut all of the pieces from a piece of thin chipboard to make the pot a little substantial and solid.

To create the look of a galvanized metal flower pot, I lightly sanded each piece of the metallic paper and wiped away any dust from the sanding. Next, I painted each piece with Black Soot Distress Paint and wiped away the excess paint with a damp paper towel. I then rubbed Black Soot Distress Crayon onto each piece until I achieved the look I was going for.


Once the paper was distressed to my liking, I glued the layers together and assembled the flower pot. I finished it off with a couple of distressed Hardware Heads. My method for distressing any of the metal pieces is to first apply a coat of Distress Collage Medium. Once this is dry, I apply Mushroom Alcohol Ink and watch them change from plain silver to grungy goodness.


After I assembled the flower pot and filled it with the wildflower stems, I felt like the card still needed something more. That's when I had the idea to add the bee from the Funky Insects Thinlits. I die cut the bee from Distress Watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Ink and a waterbrush. I used Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Ink.

The final touch was the addition of the sentiment which is stamped using the Tiny Text Stamp Set.


Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my Use Your Wings Slimline Card featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Potted 2 Bigz Die and Mini Botanical 3D Texture Fade.


Supplies

As always, you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Butterflies & Backgrounds | Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

In case you don't know Tim Holtz released his latest addition to the Distress collection called Prize Ribbon. As a competitive swimmer back in the day, I clearly recall winning my share of blue ribbons and this color is that color! And the perfect addition to the color palette. I love all colors, so bring them all on. And if truth be told, blues, greens and browns have always been my go to colors and the ones I got first when it came to adding to my own collection. So this color was such a joy to create with that I couldn't stop myself from creating not one, but four cards to share with you today. Besides the use of Prize Ribbon throughout, you'll also notice the butterfly theme. For each card, I tried a different technique for both the background and the butterfly. So let's get started as I walk you through the details on each card.


USE YOUR WINGS CARD – Butterflies and Backgrounds created using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink 

Featuring: 
  • Tapestry Stamp Set
  • Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Ink 
  • Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze
  • Perspective Stamp Set
  • Hickory Smoke Archival Ink
  • Black Soot Distress Oxide
  • Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Use Your Wings Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

For this background I began with a piece of Distress Watercolor paper and ink smooshed Old Paper Distress Ink. Once dry, I then stamped the background using one of the images from the Tapestry Stamp Set using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink. Before I stamped the image, I lightly missed it with my Distress Sprayer.


After I stamped the image, I immediately sprinkled a bit of Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze over the upper left and lower right corners and heat embossed it. I then spritzed the entire panel with my Distress Sprayer and then dabbed and dried it for a bit more distress. Once the background was completed, I trimmed it down to 4x5.25 inches and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.


As for the butterfly, I followed a technique shared by Stacy Hutchison on her Don't Forget to Fly Card featuring Prize Ribbon. I began by stamping the image onto Distress Watercolor Paper with Hickory Smoke Archival Ink and then watercolored the image using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and a waterbrush. Once the ink was dry, I restamped the image with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink (instead of Prize Ribbon as she did since I wanted a black outline), sprinkled it with Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. I then sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder and all the wonderful details were revealed. As Stacy discovered, applying the Frosted Crystal first and then the Clear Embossing Powder second really brings out the details of the stamped image. And being a detail geek as well, I am absolutely in love with this new technique!



FOCUS ON THE GOOD CARD – Butterflies and Backgrounds created using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

Featuring:
  • Floral Layering Stencil
  • Bubble Layering Stencil
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide
  • Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide
  • Floral Outlines Stamp Set
  • 3D Impresslits Butterfly
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Paint
  • Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint 
  • Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.
Focus On The Good Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

The background for this card was created using a gel plate, stencils and Distress Oxide Ink on a piece of HP Premium 32 Laserjet Paper. You can read about my gel printing process on my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Inquisitive Gel Plate Backgrounds post.


I used the Floral and Bubbles Layering Stencils with Prize Ribbon and Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide respectively. I then added some stamp details using the Floral Outlines Stamp Set with Black Soot Archival Ink.


To create the butterfly on this card uses the same technique I shared for the eroded metallic butterfly on my Be Brave Slimline Card. I followed the exact same steps of painting the metallic kraftstock with Distress Paint and then wiping away the excess and then applying a coat of Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. I did make one change here though. I ended up not using Distress Crayons on this butterfly as it seemed to dull the colors too much when I tried it and that wasn't the look I was going for here.



DON'T FORGET TO FLY CARD – Butterflies and Backgrounds created using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

Featuring:
  • Floral Layering Stencil
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Ink
  • Tattered Butterfly Bigz Die
  • Ledger Script Stamp Set
  • Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
  • Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
  • Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.
Don't Forget To Fly Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

On this card I began the background by ink smooshing Prize Ribbon Distress Ink onto a Distress Watercolor Paper. I dried it thoroughly and rubbed an anti-static pouch over the paper. Next, I applied embossing ink through the Floral Layering Stencil. I removed the stencil, sprinkled the piece with Prize Ribbon Distress Embossing Glaze, tapped off the excess and heat embossed it.


I then finished it off with some Distress Sprayer Spritzing, dabbing and drying and then I inked the edges with a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.


The butterfly on this card was created by die cutting the Tattered Butterfly Bigz Die from Distress Watercolor Paper. To give each layer some interest, I stamped it with the script stamp from the Ledger Script Stamp Set using Black Soot Archival Ink. If I had it to do over again, I would probably use Ground Espresso Archival Ink, but I decided to make do with what I had at this point. Next, I added some ink blending using Fossilized Amber Distress Ink going heavier toward the outside edges. I then finished it off with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges and the body of the butterfly.



CHOOSE TO SHINE CARD – Butterflies and Backgrounds created using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

Featuring:
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide
  • Floral Layering Stencil
  • Ledger Script Stamp Set
  • White Embossing Powder
  • 3D Impresslits Butterfly
  • Prize Ribbon Distress Paint
  • Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
  • Picket Fence Distress Crayon
  • Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.
Choose To Shine Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Distress Ink

On this final card I focused completely on Prize Ribbon in all its glory! The background here was created by applying Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide over the Floral Layering Stencil on a piece of Distress White Heavystock.


To add a bit of interest, I stamped over it with the script stamp from the Ledger Script Stamp Set using embossing ink. I then sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat embossed it. I highly recommend making sure the Distress Oxide ink is completely dry and that you rub an anti-static pouch over the paper before you attempt the heat embossing. This will prevent any embossing powder showing up in unwanted areas on your background.


For the butterfly, I once again used the 3D Impresslits Butterfly. I embossed and die cut it from a piece of Distress White Heavystock and then painted it with Prize Ribbon Distress Paint. Once the pain was dry, I applied a layer of Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. Once the Crackle Paint was dry, I added Picket Fence Distress Crayon, making sure to work in small sections and rub it into the cracks. I then used a very damp cloth to wipe away some of the excess crayon and reveal the details.



Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Butterflies and Backgrounds I created using the beautiful new Prize Ribbon Distress Ink.

Supplies

As always, you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Tim Holtz Perspective Moth Thinlits | Let Light Lead The Way Framed Panel

Hello friends! I'm back to shared another make I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 2021 Release. This project was featured during Tim's YouTube live in which he shared all the new dies and some amazing project inspiration from all of his makers! Today, I'm sharing with you this Let Light Lead the Way Framed Panel I made using the Perspective Moth.

Let Light Lead the Way Framed Panel by Juliana Michaels featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Perspective Moth.

To create the background I began with a piece of Distress Watercolor trimmed to the size of the approximately 6 3/8" x 8 7/8 inches. I then used Distress Micro Glaze as a resist with the Honeycomb and Floral Layering Stencils. Once the glaze was dry, I ink blended a mix of Kitsch Flamingo, Crackling Campfire, Wild Honey and Festive Berries Distress Oxide to the entire piece of paper. I then added some spritzing with my Distress Sprayer and dabbed it dry.


The next step for the background was to add the stamping. I began with Archival Distress Ink in Black Soot, using the new full size ink pads. I'm so very happy these are now available as it makes applying ink to large stamp images SO much easier. Here I used the Dearly Departed and Field Note Stamp Sets.To add a little depth to the stamping I used the script stamp from Dearly Departed with Distress Oxide in Hickory Smoke and gently smudged the ink after I stamped the image.


With the background completed, I moved onto the Perspective Moth. I wanted it to be center stage so I die cut it from both black cardstock and white Distress Heavystock. Before I die cut it from the Heavystock, I adhered the Heavystock to a double sided adhesive sheet.  The die didn't cut all the way through which was perfect as I wanted the adhesive to help hold all the little negative pieces in place. I then inked the edges of the Heavystock with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before I adhered the black die cut on top.


Now for the Framed Panel. I dry brushed Black Soot Distress Paint over the entire frame with the intention of not getting the paint down into all of the cracks and crevices. I find the easiest way to avoid getting too much paint on the frame is to just apply small amounts of paint to your brush. If you do happen to get too much in one spot, you can always use some sandpaper to remove it.



The sentiment was inspired by a postcard by Brandi Kincaid. Her words always seem to be so fitting for the moment I'm in when I see them and the words "let the light lead the way" definitely spoke to me and all that I am going through right now. I typed this onto typing paper using my vintage typewriter, but you could also print it out using your computer and an old typewriter font. I then trimmed it to size, inked the edges and added a piece of double sided foam tape to adhere it to the die cut. To finish off the sentiment, I added a couple of Hardware Heads that I distressed by first painting with Distress Collage Medium and then Mushroom Alcohol Ink.


Thank you so much for your visit today and I hope you enjoyed learning how this framed panel came together using the Perspective Moth Thinlits by Tim Holtz.


Supplies

As always, you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

 

Merry Christmas Card | Christmas In July at Scrapbook.com

Merry Christmas in July friends! All month long Scrapbook.com has been celebrating Christmas in July with fabulous deals and freebies.  For those of you who might be new around here, I'm a huge lover of all things Christmas so of course I had to spend some creative time making a Christmas card to share with you using their Merry Christmas Die. This die is currently available as a freebie with any order from Scrapbook.com, so make sure you head over and grab yours while supplies last!

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Merry Christmas Die and Pops of Color

Now let's get on with the making. First I'll walk you through how I created the background for this card. I began with a piece of Distress Watercolor paper and Scrapbook.com Pops of Color in Green Apple and Deep Sea. I mixed just a dab of the blue into the green to darken the green just a bit and achieve a more evergreen color. I then mixed the Pops of Color mixture with a bit of Ranger Transparent Texture Paste. Using a palette knife I spread the mixture over the Scrapbook.com Trees Stencil. I have found that mixing the paste with the pops of color gives me a more even application of the color and still retains the shimmer of the Pops of Color. For more inspiration and examples of how to work with Scrapbook.com Pops of Color, you can check out my How To Use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils blog post or 3 Ways to Use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils blog post.


Once this was dry, I added some stamping using the music note stamp from the Tim Holtz Music and Advert Stamp Set and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also did a little ink smooshing with Old Paper Distress Ink and ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the paper a more vintage look. I finished it off with some machine stitching around the edge. With the background finished and layered it onto a Distress Spray Stain background from my stash.

For the die cuts I used more Spray Stain backgrounds that were mostly combinations of reds, greens and browns to create the wreath, foliage and poinsettia. The dies I used are the Funky Wreaths and the Funky Festive Thinlits.


To complete the card, I used the Scrapbook.com Merry Christmas Die and cut if from Metallic Kraftstock and then adhered it to the card front.


I hope you enjoyed learning how this Merry Christmas Card came together using some fabulous products from Scrapbook.com.

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.