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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinder’s BetterPress Plate of the Month for January

Hello friends! Spellbinder's BetterPress Plate of the Month, Poppy Greetings, is a beautiful and delicate image. I wanted to create a light and airy feel and decided to work with a combination of a colour wash background and a wet on wet technique for the sweet blooms.

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  • Using the BetterPress Letterpress System, a Porcelain BetterPress A2 Cotton Card Panel was pressed with Poppy Greetings. The plate was inked with Versamark ink, pressed and the image embossed with gold embossing powder.

  • The water colouring was done with Sennelier paints. Starting with the colour wash background, it was wetted well with clean water until there is a sheen. Colour was dropped in ... green, yellow and pink. I let the colour move naturally helping it now and again with a paintbrush loaded with water to help the colour flow. The panel was left to dry completely. When it appeared dry but was cool to the touch (indicating there is still moisture), the panel was placed under some weight to complete the drying process to flatten it.

  • The poppies were water coloured using a wet on wet technique ... simply, the image is painted with water and then the colour introduced. I place the paint where I want it to be more concentrated to create a shadow area and blend it out.

  • Using a Gel Printing Plate, texture was added to the background after the panel was dry. Grey water colour was painted on the gel plate and the colour picked up with the panel. To avoid getting grey on the poppies, the panel was not laid done on it. Rather, I pressed small areas onto the plate picking up the paint much like ink smooshing.

  • Using a small water colour brush, black water colour was spattered on the panel.

  • The panel was trimmed to 4" by 5 1/4" and cut with a shadow die from Everyday Sentiments. The die cut from the background was mounted on foam and the scripty sentiment adhered to it.

  • The panel was adhered to a black matted, A2 sized card base and the foam backed sentiment inlaid in the die cut opening.


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