Learn how to make creative gel print scene cards. I used to avoid scene cards until I learned how to gel print them. Did you know you can acrylic paint your cards too? Welcome to the Colorado Craft Company hop and giveaway!
Video – Don’t Avoid Scene Cards, Gel Print Them
All the details to create these unique gel print cards are in this short video. Including, how I acrylic paint cards for the first time. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with your crafty friends!
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Do you have a history of avoiding scene cards because creating the background is intimidating? I sure did, until I learned to gel print my scene cards. The Summertime Birthday Stamp Set inspired this gel printing session.
Summertime Birthday calls for a background with three bands of color for the sky, pool, and pool deck. I started with a soft green print I had pulled to clean my gel press after my last session and added soft teal to it. As you can see there’s is more exposed green in the sky and a higher concentration of teal for the pool.
Next, I added Naples Yellow, Buff Titanium Light, and Venetian Rose to the pool deck adding texture with a handmade foam stamp. Then, I painted the girl, ball, float, and umbrella with the same acrylic paint I used for the print. I’ve never done this before, and I love the effect!
Finally, I stamped the sentiments with Stazon Midnight Blue ink. I stamped Big Splash on a blue-green scrap of the original gel print to contrast the yellow-pink pool deck.
Uh Oh! You Got This Girl!
Don’t even think about cleaning your gel press, use the leftover paint and texture for your next print. All that leftover goodness is the best part about gel printing.
Here I created a similar background with the same acrylic paints. The ground texture is from leftover paint on the gel press and the rainbow pattern is from a rubbing plate as noted in the supply list. The jeans are painted with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons. The pigments absorb into the green acrylic paint because it has a matte finish.
I painted the remainder of the stamped image with acrylic paint. While I stuck with the gel print color palette, you could mix a darker skin tone with Burnt Sienna or other brown paint.
You Color My World
The You Color My World Stamp Set called for more vibrant paint. Here I chose Greenish Yellow and Gold Deep paint along with a different rubbing plate.
When you run out of room for your sentiment, just run it up the card sideways. There’s no harm in thinking outside the box and leaving tradition behind.
Build A Rainbow & Thinking Of You
Oh how I love Big & Bold Build A Rainbow. Are these rainbows awesome or what?! Here I loaded them all onto a large acrylic block and used them to lift paint from the gel press. Whether you choose to create a subtle duo-chrome background or a real eye catcher, this set will delight you!
Just look at the texture on this gel print, amazing! It’s all about thin layers of paint when you’re gel printing on smooth cardstock like Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. If you’re printing on textured paper like mixed media or watercolor paper, you’ll need to use more paint to get in those nooks and crannies.
If the last one was a bit too vibrant for you, try a monochrome or duochrome card instead. Here I loosely mixed the green and teal paint directly on the gel press.
That’s a wrap on the cards. Are you going to try gel print scene cards? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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