Monday, August 26, 2013

Dotty Gelli Print ATC Book

Hello everyone! Time for another fun Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, this week we are all about dots. I love using dots and circles in my art and often reach for dotty stamps or stencils. They work for almost every topic and are great both as main elements and to add just a bit of texture.
I recently got a gelli plate and I love it, so much fun and you can create fabulous backgrounds. I made a whole bunch of prints and first planned to make three ATCs but I liked my papers so much, I made an ATC mini-book instead.

Dotty Gelli Print ATC Book - Layers of ink
For the summer challenge a few weeks ago, I collected quotes about summer and sunshine, but then decided to make a burlap panel instead. This happy little book was the perfect home for those quotes. The Birds by Tim Holtz stamped on the cover is one of my all-time favourite stamps.

This was only the second time I used my gelli plate and I was so absorbed by the process that I forgot to take step-by-step photos. After this project, I did another one and I'll be sharing a gelli plate tutorial next week. I used three Distress Paints to make these papers (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed), together with stencils, stamps and embossing folders.

I poured out a few drops of Distress Paint on the plate and spread with a brayer. If you find that your Distress Paint beads up on the plate, wash the plate with water and soap and do one or two test runs, after that the Distress Paints worked real well. It is a thin paint, which is why it might at first bead up.

When the paint was spread into a thin layer on the plate, I pressed circle and dot stencils, dot stamps, the lid of the paint dabber bottles and paper that had been embossed (Dot Matrix, Bubble, and Retro Circles folders), into it. I used more than one stencil, stamp or embossed paper for each print and placed a piece of Neenah cardstock (14 x 14 cm) on top, smoothing it with my hands. Pull the paper off and you have a really cool print. Without adding more paint, place a second piece of paper on top to get the ghost print - see the paler prints. I used strips of left over paper to pull off the last paint, especially the paint that remained along the edges, which gave cool borders to the strips.

You can easily add layers of patterns and colour, but I decided to keep my prints pretty simple this time, since I was planning to add stamping on top. I picked out some of my favourite prints, in all the three colours and die cut with Tim Holtz ATC & Corners die. For the covers, I used mat board. I have a lot of left-over papers for another project.

I looked through my stamps and picked out summery stamps, some specifically to fit with the quotes. I used quite a few silhouette stamps since the bold images look great on the backgrounds. The stamping was done with Archival Inks (Saffron, Monarch Orange, Venetian Orange, Sienna, Vermillion). I also stamped the cards here and there with the dot stamp from Tim's Psychedelic Grunge set, using tone-on-tone colours. I planned where all the quotes would go, since some needed a double page.

I wanted to add another layer of dots and used a Studio Calico stencil with different sized dots and applied Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste with a palette knife, adding dots here and there.

The quotes were printed and cut into strips. I loved the way the umbrella man fits together with this great quote about an invincible summer. The stamps on the second page come from Hero Arts My Favorite and My Notebook set.

This quote was long and needed two pages. The stamps on these two pages are from Darkroom Door. I like the way the yellow paint almost looks like sunshine on the second page.

A pretty Hero Arts silhouette stamp, perfect for this little book. The Archival Inks look wonderful on the prints and because the Distress Paints are matte, the inks pick that up too and look like they are part of a the print. The quote on the second page was almost too long, but I really wanted to use it, especially together with the Hero Arts sun stamp.

Another double pager, using the great Hero Arts It's a Parade stamp across both pages. I should have punched the holes first, because one ended up on the little girl's head. Both these prints are ghost prints. I didn't clean the plate between prints, giving some great random effects. The circles on the second page were made with the lids of the paint bottles.

I used my ATG gun to adhere the pages together, back to back, planning the order so that there would be different colours on each page. The stamps on these pages are from Darkroom Door.

This bird stamp by Tim is another favourite of mine and I liked it together with the pretty quote about a summer's night. On the second page, I used another silhouette stamp by Hero Arts together with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson which I really like.

This Musical Walk stamp has so much joy and I've used it quite a few times. On the second page, I used a sweet bird by Impression Obsessions, which was waiting to be inked up for the first time and paired it up with another great quote about summer (and winter).

For the covers, I simply attached the prints to the ATC cards die cut from mat board. The holes were punched with my Crop-a-dile, first making a template to make sure they were all in the same place. This flower stamp is from Tim Holtz.

I am looking forward to seeing all your projects using dots this week. As always, one lucky participant wins a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Also, remember that our challenge changed name about a month ago, from Simon Says Stamp & Show to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, but everything else remains the same.


Thank you for the visit!

Happy crafting!!


Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White, Neenah Smooth Cream Cardstock, Sizzix Little Sizzles white mat board
Dies: Sizzix: ATC & Corners
Embossing folders: Dot Matrix & Gridlock, Bubble & Honeycomb, Rays & Retro Circles
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, The Birds, Mini Muse, Nature's Moments, Urban Tapestry; Darkroom Door: Wildflowers Vol. 1Wildflowers Vol. 2, Hero Arts: It's a Parade G5467, Musical Walk F5468, Children at Table F5738, Spring Dream K5540, My Notebook AC027, My Favorite AC030, Time AC029Basic Lowercase Letters; Impression Obsession: Bird
Paint: Distress Paint: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Saffron, Monarch Orange, Venetian Orange, Sienna, Vermillion
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Swiss Dots, Mini Circle Regiment; Studio Calico: Circles
Medium: Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Tools: Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 6 x 6; Ranger Medium Inky Roller; Sizzix: Big Shot: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile


  1. GORGEOUS! Love the colors, textures, stamping, wow!

  2. Your work is amazing. Love the summer colours you have used. Love the stamping too. Thanks for sharing Anneke.

  3. WOW, this is gorgeous Anna-Karin, I love the colour, texture and stamping on all of these. I must confess to having bought a Gelli plate and not using it yet.

    Sue x

  4. Oh, my! I LOVE this ATC book! I am definitely going to make one with my gelli plate. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the idea. Love the stamps you've used along with the quotes.

  5. Oh my Anna-Karin ... this is absolutely wonderful! I agree with your description. This truly is a 'happy little book':) The color combination is so summery warm and I love the whimsical patterns made by the gelli plate. I had to laugh when you said you got so absorbed in the process that you forgot to take the step-by-step photos :) I love it when a project does that! I haven't tried using gelli plates yet. It looks like fun. The ghost image second prints that you made are such a great idea.

    Anyway ... this is beautiful. Just a gorgeous home for all of those summer quotes! -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. Anna-Karin...your little ATC book using the gelli plate to create your backgrounds is awesome! Every page is so unique. I love all of your colors, your background prints and then, of course, everything you've done to each page to give it such character. The images are wonderful! The sentiments equally as wonderful. Love it all! <3 Candy

  7. Wow... Anne-Karin, these ATCs are fantastic! Love the beautiful background you created and the color scheme is awesome. :)

  8. I loved each and every thing in this little Happy book,donno where to start.Loved the warm summery colors and the fab prints made with gelli plate ,I thought they themselves were stunning and complete till I saw the stamping on it and the dots pattern with texture paste !The summer quotes are cherry on the top !

  9. Hi Anna-Karin, love your ATC book. The hot warm colours work so well and these pieces inspire me to get my Gelli plate out and actually use it. Love the texture and stamped images and the quotes finish everything beautifully. Tracy x

  10. great work with the gelli plate they are so much fun and the ATC book is a fab idea, love it
    Amanda X

  11. oh I love this!! Super colors, great quotes,,,just gorgeous!

  12. Beautiful project! I love the colors and textures! And I am so excited that you're going to be doing a gelli plate tutorial. I've looked at them and have admired the work that people have done with them, but I could never figure out how they worked!
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  13. This book is absolutely gorgeous, Anna-Karin! I love the pretty oranges & reds, just lovely for summer!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Breathtaking, from those dotty painty backgrounds to the stamping to the sentiments - I'm completely in love with this (even though it's in completely the opposite colours than I would expect to love!)... Brilliant.
    Alison x

  15. Gorgeous colors! I just love the warm buttery colors with the hot splash of red. Beautiful pages and love the quotes! Fabulous project all around!

  16. Such a fun project Anna-Karin! Love the bright and cheerful colors and all the stamped images! Truly an inspiration!

  17. Absolutely fabulous! Love the textures, colors and all th e poetry. TFS

  18. OH, MY!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this little book, Anna-Karin! Every, single page is gorgeous! Thank you for explaining the process and for sharing your amazing talent! Looking forward to your tutorial! Hugs! :)

  19. Amazing little book! Love the colors and the phrases. Great stamps with it. Everything is super!

  20. For lack of a better word, WOWZERS! I just felt so warm and happy when I looked at this project! You totally evoked wonderful youthful memories for me with this stunning piece and I just want to keep on looking at it! The pages are incredible!

  21. Oh Anna-Karin these are gorgeous. I can't wait to see your tutorial on the gelli plates... Have seen them around but stayed away because I DONT want to buy... :D :D :D I can see from this that I am in trouble. I love this little inspirational booklet it is beautiful.

  22. Oh wow, Anna-Karin! What a great ATC booklet! It's really amazing what you did with the Gelli Plate! The color combo is perfect and all the texture and patterns are stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  23. each page is just gorgeous! I love the way you have combined stamping and gelli printing so beautifully x

  24. Wow, you jumped into making prints before I have had a chance...and used my colors. Okay I am tad jealous but only because I LOVE every single page. Fabulous textures and a wonderful ATC book. Thanks for sharing all the details!

  25. I have to confess I know absolutely nothing about gelli printing, but your work looks gorgeous. I love the colors and the mix of the backgrounds and stamps.

  26. WOW...WOW...Anna-Karin! Anything "mini" always catches my eye. Your ATC mini book is simply FABULOUS! Love the colors, stamping, & quotes! Every detail is simply perfect. Thanks for all the great photos & the wonderful explanation! I always love your creativity!

  27. LOVE this Anna-Karin, the colours are awesome!

  28. Amazing works of art in your mini book of ATCs!!! I LOVE how you joined them into a book. They are all beautiful and there is so much to ponder as I look through them all. Reminds me of an old fashioned stitched "sampler"! Thanks for sharing your creativity! hugs, Laura

  29. I've just bought a gelli plate and i'll love it! this is a great ATC mini book, a great idea.

  30. You have used such wonderful colours and stamps together here! Fabuulous work!


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