Metal Embossing Tips

March 13, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I am all over the place lately with work, and play, so this post is going to be all over the place as well :) . I have posted a couple of previous articles on embossing metal here and here. I was going to continue in that vein for the next several posts however, next week I am switching gears and plan on posting my experiences with a new material for me- Resin. I’ve also signed up for a Photography class in order to force myself to try to improve my skills there, so I have been playing with my camera and Adobe Camera Raw. So today I think I will just post a quick video  I made on Embossing Metal tips, and an image I created for the class.

Here is the video:

I will return to this series in a couple of weeks.

Here is the image I made for the photography class TheStudio  (you can read about it here)…

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

I have learned a bunch about Adobe Raw presets in this class, which enhances my Photoshop work! It’s a fun class with LOTS of creative (and nice!) people!!

Stay tuned next week for my experiments with Resin :) .

New Rubber Stamps!

September 21, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

Hello friends! I’ve been having some fun playing with some new designs and finally got a chance to post some of my new Rubber Stamp sets! These work great for ATCs, Cards, Journaling, Scrapbooks, Gelli Art printing, and other Mixed Media work.

Check them out in the Shop!

 

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

Gelli Arts Print Rescues a Sketch

August 24, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Photoshop Posts

For those who know me, you know that I have been trying to learn to draw, especially faces, for the past couple of years. It is my goal to be able to one day draw my Grandchildren, so I have some time to get better :-) . There have been a few times when I have drawn something that actually resembles someone –

AJ

 

That sketch took me probably an hour in total. Lately I have trying to do faster sketches in conjunction with some of the online Art classes I have been taking. I sketched this in about 5 minutes…

Fast sketch

Fast sketch

As you can tell, I am even worse at bodies than I am at faces, ;-) . I decided to try to do something with this girl though, and so I brought her into Photoshop along with this cool Gelli Arts print that I made. If anything can salvage a sketch, it’s a Gelli Arts print, right? :-)

Gelli Arts Leaf Over Print

Gelli Arts Leaf Over Print

I played around with some blend modes and such, and my sketch started looking even freakier still-

Gelli-Arts Photoshop Face

Gelli-Arts Photoshop Face

 

My husband was walking by the computer at the time, and I asked, “Can you look at this?”. He looked at the image, then he looked at me with this quizzical look. It was akin to when your Mother puts her hand on your forehead when you were a kid to check whether you were feeling ok :-) . So, clearly he was not a fan!  I was just about to give up, close the window and move on to something else for this week’s project when I stopped. The window was zoomed in and just one of the corners caught my eye. A crop and a cut and paste later, and here is the result..

Gelli Arts Leaf  Print

Gelli Arts Leaf Print

This one got a nod from my husband, and an almost audible sigh of relief that I wan’t going mad! So, remember even a crop of a Gelli Arts print can save the day!!

 

Gelli Arts Print- over printing black and white

August 10, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

I finally had a little while to play today. I was trying out some ideas with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate and some of my new stencils, for a collaborative project that I will be part of this coming fall. At the end of the session I decided to play around with a wooden stamp I have and do a simple black and white Gelli Arts print. It had some cool texture and I planned on scanning it in…

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

I tried to do a second larger print, but I didn’t like the way it came out. So I went back to printing what I had been working on earlier. I reached for my white paper- gone!! So, I grabbed the white on black print that I didn’t like and over printed on that. I kind of liked the way it came out! So, as has happened before with the Gelli Arts plate- if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!!

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Stay tuned for more information on the collaborative project!

Gelli Arts Hand-y work

May 23, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Photoshop Posts

I know folks have used their Gelli Arts printing plate to print on a LOT of things, but after my last play session, I happened to glance down at my gloves. They were so cool looking! Here is what it looked like…

Gelli Arts Printed Hand start

Gelli Arts Printed Hand start

I decided to bring it into Photoshop and play around with it, until I arrived at something like this…

Gelli Arts Printed Hand

Gelli Arts Printed Hand

I liked it so much, I decided to add it in as design for a new set of Moo stickers that I use for the backs of my ATCs for a group I belong to…

Gelli Arts Printed Hand Sticker

Gelli Arts Printed Hand Sticker

I know, I know- it is bad enough that we won’t throw away scraps of paper, now we have to save gloves? Or you can just scan in your Hand-y work instead :).

Gelli Art Printing Plate and Charcoal

May 7, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with my Gelli Art Printing plate and I happened to look over and see some charcoal sticks that were sitting on my table. I thought to myself- “Hmmmmm, I wonder if charcoal would work with the Gelli plate?”. I love the look of charcoal, so I decided to try with the powdered form. I grabbed the powdered charcoal jar and started sprinkling it onto my gelli art plate on top of the wet paint and a paper stencil. I ran a couple of prints and loved the way the charcoal interacted with the paint! Sometimes it colored the paint by mixing in, and sometimes with made cool dots and holes in the paint.

Here are a couple of the prints I made with the paper stencil:

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 3

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 3

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 2

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 2

 

I really liked the backgrounds, but the paper stencil was falling apart and driving me crazy, so I just went ahead and printed some “plain” backgrounds. I think these will make great collage fodder and cool backgrounds for drawings!

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 4

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 4

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 1

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 1

 

At the end of my playtime I wiped the leftover charcoal off the plate with a baby wipe. I wasn’t sure if it would harm the plate and certainly did not want to take a chance!! If you have some charcoal or graphite powder give it a try!

Another Gelli Art Print with Photoshop

April 23, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Photoshop Posts

Hello friends! I just designed a pile of stencils and stamps, and while I was waiting for the stencils to be made, I decided to cut a couple on my Black Cat Cougar cutting machine and test them out. I pulled out my trusty Gelli Arts Printing plate, and pulled some of the new Golden Inks that I had just ordered. I only had a few colors, and one of them was green which I usually am not a huge fan of. I didn’t even remember ordering that color, but it was only a small bottle so maybe I was trying to get myself to branch out?

Anyhow, I had a pretty successful session, and came away with quite a few prints. I really liked the Golden inks. They are VERY fluid!! The way I liked them best was mixed with some of the normal Golden paints. Maybe 1-2 colors of paint and 1-2 colors of the ink seemed to be about the right mix. The prints with all inks are very juicy as you will see in one of the examples below.

Here was one of the prints with mostly ink. You can see lines where the ink pooled around the stencil…

Gelli Art Photoshop First Print

Gelli Art Photoshop First Print

 

I then pulled a second print and liked the background a lot better, but the funky circles didn’t come out as detailed…

Gelli Art Photoshop Original

Gelli Art Photoshop Original

 

I liked the circles in the first but the background in the second. Not to worry- I could combine them in Photoshop, but the selection might be a bit difficult. I tried a trick and it worked to give me some help to isolate the circles for the mask. First of course, I lined the two prints up on different layers in Photoshop. Then I chose the blend mode of exclusion on one of the layers. This made the background more of a consistent color so I could use the quick selection tool to more easily grab the background. Here is what it looked like in Photoshop:

Gelli Art Photoshop Exclusion

Gelli Art Photoshop Exclusion

 

Once I made my selection, I changed the blend mode to multiply and hit the mask button on the bottom of the layers panel (it looks sort of like a camera- a rectangle with a circle in the middle). The mask was actually backwards from what I wanted, so I clicked on the mask in the layers panel and used Ctrl-I in order to invert the mask.

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

 

I played around with opacity and arrived at the final print…

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

The final print has the best of both original prints- the background I liked from the second with the more detailed circles from the first! Give it a shot yourself!

And now I really like that green color, so I am going to need to order a bigger bottle ;)

Marbled Leaves in Photoshop

November 1, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

I had planned on doing something for Halloween, but got sidetracked on a number of other things. One of these side projects was creating a pattern using the leaves from last weeks post. I got it done, decided it needed to become a stencil, and while working on the stencil, found images that I wanted to turn into stamps, and started down that path. Long story short, it was like the children’s book- “If you give a Moose a Muffin”- where I finally circled back to the original project of the leaves, but that left me with no time for a Halloween project. So, that will need to be put on hold until next year ;-)

In my leaves experiment, I was working with a Gelli Arts print in Photoshop to add some color to my leaves. I also had another print that I was using to try to give the illusion of water, so it would look like the leaves were floating on a pond. In my mind, I wanted to make the leaves look as if they were swirling around on the water. So I used a filter from the Filter Gallery (Distort-Wave). I was on the wrong layer and instead of rippling the water, it rippled the layer that I was using to color the leaves. I loved the way it turned out, although it wasn’t what I had planned originally. It looked like marbling.

Here was the print I started with for the leaf color:

Gelli Art Print Abstract

And here is the way the leaves turned out. On the right, image I added a light effect to look like there was sun shining on the center of the leaf pool.

Marbled Leaves

Try one of the distort filters and see what you can come up with!