Monday, March 19, 2018

Gel Printed Circle Background

Hello friends! I hope you have had a good weekend! I did two icy, but beautiful walks, and also had fun playing with the kids in the snow. As I am writing this, it is snowing pretty heavily outside my window. I sure hope spring will be here before Easter!


It is Monday, and this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Road Trip theme. Remember to check out the project by our March guest designer Nox.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I did an art journal page with a road trip theme just two weeks ago, so for this week, I wanted to do something that wasn't car related. Instead, I made a layout about road trips by bike. I love to cycle and how it can bring you to places you haven't seen before and often cycle without planning exactly where I am going. Quite a few times, I have ended up having to cycle far when trying new paths and not being sure of where they were leading to. The past two summers, Anton has gone with me on bike trips, a little further and further the more he gets used to cycling. I do bring a map on those trips though, since they can't be too long. I used a photo from our first longer trip, to a lake we hadn't visited before. We had a great time.

The background is gel printed, using Ranger's new gel printing plates. I hadn't done gel printing for a while and had lots of fun.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

White and yellow paint was brayered onto the largest gel plate in the pack. I used two stencils by Tim Holtz and one by Dina Wakley to make the patterns into the paint. I liked the effect of the straight edges, and brayered some paint on only an edge, pressing a dry-embossed paper into the paint for the grid pattern and printed it here and there one the paper until there was no more paint on the plate. 

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Ranger gel printing plates

Next, I used the circle gel plate in the set and placed it on an acrylic block, so that it kind of became a stamp. Lime and Sky paint was brayered on the plate and I pressed dry embossed papers onto it to create patterns. This is my favourite way of adding patterns when gel printing (and you can use the painty dry embossed papers too). The circle was stamped on the page until there was no more paint left. 

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This was my final background, with lots of circles, patterns and stripes.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To mimic the grass in the photo, I stamped the pretty grass stamp from Tim's Nature's Discovery set with Vivid Chartreuse Archival Ink.
 Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Even the title letters are gel printed. I die cut Storybook letters from white mat board, and printed them with the circle plate, pressing a dotted dry embossed paper into it first.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I was happy to find a larger and a smaller bike stamp, and also added the number 2.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I often reach for this sentiment stamp by Tim, since I really like this combination of words and think all three are equally important in life.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's another sentiment which is very suitable for cycling. We always take a picnic blanket along, and snacks and sometimes a sketchbook. The journaling is written on a tag that it tucked in a pocket behind the photo.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also stamped the page with the dot stamp from the Psychedelic Grunge set.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Tim Holtz stamps.

A couple of gears fitted well on a page about cycling.

I hope you will join us this week in our Road Trip challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous art journal page :-) I love the bright cheerful spring colours and the bikes are fabulous! The gel printed background is fabulous and I love the country lane pic too, very lovely :-)
    Spring is here and it brought hay fever along with it, so thinking I would quite like to swap with your snow at the moment ;-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. Wonderful page, Anna-Karin! Love your color choice, and the gel print circles are awesome! Great idea with the bike for the road trip, and your saying at the top is deep - love it! Like you, I am not sure if spring will be here for Easter, or if we will still have snow. hugs, Maura

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  3. Oh, Anna-Karin, I love your journal page. The entire design is perfect for a lovely bike trip and the colors are gorgeous. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. Wow! So many patterns on the background! Love them. And the color palette with yellows and greens is so optimistic, warm and in a spring mood. Hugs, Marzena

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  5. Such great backgrounds! I just ordered a gelli plate, so I am excited to get it and try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Wow! The background is amazing, Gelli plate is in my wish list, you get stunning effect using this! Fab project! barbara

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  7. Love where you took this theme for your page, Anna-Karin! Pretty layering and colors and what a cool bike trail! It looks beautiful!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  8. Beautiful page as always Anna Karin! Very pretty colour choices for the background. So sweet to have the two sizes of bikes for the two of you biking together.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely work! :)

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  9. Terrific page and the two size bikes implication was not missed by me. I hope you can take many bike path trips when the weather finally warms up.

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  10. These colors are AMAZING and I love how that picture literally invites adventure! Beautiful artwork and photography!

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  11. Beautiful layout, Anna-Karin and the colours are just amazing, they work so well with the theme of your project and your beautiful photograph!

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  12. Love this fantastic layout, Anna-Karin. The patterns and color scheme on the background are awesome! :)

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  13. this is such a beautiful project Anna-Karin, love the vibrant spring colours and so much gorgeous detail in the background, need to get myself a gel plate...hugs kath xxxx

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  14. such a beautiful layout Anna-Karin - the color you used are stunning!!!

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  15. What a beautiful layout, Anna-Karin! Love the yellow with the blue and green, it's so vibrant! Love it. Hugs, Sandra

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  16. so beautiful, warm and sunny...well done.
    :) Karen

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