Saturday 11 November 2017

Gell Press & Lavinia Stamps Card Play

Hi All,

I have been having lots of fun experimenting with my 
Gell Press Printing Plate & Lavinia Stamps
to make a variety of Whimsical Cards.

I recently bought some Lavinia Stamps from Paperific in Melbourne
featuring silhouettes of Fairies & Unusual Plant Images.
I was really intrigued by the examples they had on display that included
beautiful backgrounds with a glowing moon & misty hills & foliage.

The first card I made had a misty background made from Distress Oxide Inks & water.
The images were stamped in Versamark Ink & White Heat Embossed.
Tim Holtz Wildflower thinlits die used to accent with Glossy Accents for shine.

After doing a bit of research on You Tube & Pinterest.
I tried to recreate some of the techniques in my own style. 

The Gell Press Plate I used still had paint on it from a previous project, 
so I used Acrylic Paints (from Jane Davenport) to try to lift the remaining paint off.
I absolutely love the way that these backgrounds turned out on  6x6" white cardstock.

I cut a circle from Copy Paper to mask off the Moon above.
It looked so beautiful when I lifted it off, that I applied it to the next card
to form a gorgeous Moon image. See Below...

I then tried to lift the stubborn paint by doing a full print on an A4 page.
This resulted in the very cool image I have below
which suited these stamped images.
I am going to call this 'Morning Has Broken'
& will probably frame it eventually.

Once my Gell Press was 'clean' I started trying out Distress Ink & Archival Ink backgrounds 
applied directly to the Gell Plate with a brayer & Stamps.

These effects were much more subtle, but still really cool!
The Fairies silhouetted by stamping with black Archival Ink.

 Totally different effects were achieved when stamping direct to paper (above)
or onto the Gell plate itself as below. 

Liquid Pearls & opalescent glitter 
added to the Moon & dotted on card added a hint of shine.
Subtle effects on the stones painted with Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints.
These effects don't show up in the photos very well, but look very special in real life.

I have lots more examples in the process of being designed.  
I am improving from these early examples in layering the foreground & backgrounds.
I stamped some beautiful sentiments inside these cards.
I felt they didn't generally need anything written on the front.

I hope you enjoyed this peek.  Cheers Deb


  1. Absolutely gorgeous . Sell them and make a fortune

  2. Thanks so much Janice for your lovely comment.
    Do you sell cards yourself?
    I would appreciate any ideas as I just use mine for family & friends
    and only sell a few to my workmates.

  3. I too just love Lavinia stamps and yours are yes, gorgeous!!

    1. Really appreciate you leaving a comment. Thank you

  4. Have you tried twitterfeed on your blog, i think it would be cool.*”\"”

  5. These are so beautiful ! I love Lavinia Stamps they inspire amazing artwork and yours are fantastic 💓

    1. Thank you so much Kerrie. Really appreciated xx

  6. I love your version of the fairies and backgrounds they are absolutely gorgeous. I bought some Lavinia Stamps last week after seeing their cards in Pinterest and can't wait to experiment but I have to finish some crazy quilting first - deadline!!!