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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Stencilling with a Gel Printing Plate featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Village

Hello friends! I dusted off my Gel Printing Plate for these cards! Not really! Well maybe the storage package ... I have recently been reunited with this amazing printing technique. I have never stencilled with a gel plate and decided to try it out with Simon Says Stamp's layering stencil set, Village. I love this mixed media look with all the beautiful textures!

  • The panel with the yellow sky was stenciled with Distress Oxide Inks and the other one with Pawsitively Saturated Inks.

  • A base layer of ink was applied to the Gel Printing Plate with a Brayer; Shaded Lilac for one panel and Cadette for the other. Using a fan brush, water was spattered on the top third of the plate. Bristol Smooth Card Stock, cut to 5 1/2" square, was laid on the gel plate and rubbed.

  • The following process is repeated for all the stencils in the Village Stencil Set except the one with the cut outs of the windows. Now that the base layer of ink was applied to the panel, it is time to stencil. Each layering stencil was lined up with the bottom, left hand corner of the gel plate. The ink was applied with a brayer adding more pressure over the die cut openings. The stencil is removed and the Bristol Smooth panel is laid face down and lined up with the bottom, left hand corner of the gel plate just like the stencils.

  • For the yellow sky panel, Distress Oxide Inks Seedless Preserves, Villainous Potion, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot were used. The order of the stencils and inks does not matter.

  • For the panel with the Pawsitively Saturated Inks, Blush, Taffy, Ocean and Galaxy were applied. For this second panel, I wanted to deepen the contrast between the sky and houses and used the roofline mask that comes with the stencil set and, with a blending brush, applied a darker blue, Royal

  • The stencil with the windows was lined up directly on the Bristol Smooth panel. Mica powder, Lindy's Magicals, was mixed thickly with water and applied with a paintbrush.

  • The panels were spattered with Dr. PH Martin's Bleedproof White using a fan brush.

  • When dry, the panels were trimmed to 4" by 5 1/4" and adhered to A2 sized, black card bases.

  • On the card with the blue sky, a glue pen was used to add small dots of glue along the right side and bottom of the windows. Black glitter was applied. Stars were also created in the sky with white glitter.

  • For the other, gold glitter dots were added to the moon.

  • The Peace Die, no longer available, was used to cut dark blue glitter card stock for one card and matte gold for the other. The sentiments were stacked on black foam die cuts.




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