Friday, May 20, 2016

Journal Page into a card Part I

Today I am working on a journal page that I have every intention on ripping and tearing up to create a greeting card.   I used my large Dylusions Journal for the basis of this future card.   The base of this page actually gets its start from playing with my Gelli Plate.   
I almost always off load my brayer onto a journal page when creating a Gelli Plate image.   The backgrounds this creates are always awesome and the acrylic paint from the Gelli plate almost acts as a Gesso for other paints and inks to come.   Rather than letting all that juicy good paint go to waste off loading on a paper towel or scrap paper I use my journal and have an instant background.   Two birds, ya know?   

The best part of this is very often my daughter Gabby and I work with the Gelli Plate together.  She has even been featured in previous posts creating her own little works of art.  Her off loads can be seen here too.
So here it is...please check out the supply list at the end of the post and also leave me a comment letting me know you were here.

This is how it starts...a Gelli Print off load onto a journal page (done months ago) with some stamping detail added using my Circles Background stamp.  This stamp is so versatile...LOVE it!

Next, comes beautiful vintage collage images from Altered Pages...torn edges, inked and aged.


Next, I fussy cut ,then embossed butterfly collage images and added them to the page using dimensional adhesives.  I love the shadow the dimensional pieces almost looks as if they are actually hovering over the page.  I hope the photo catches that.  In person, you can almost see butterflies floating on air.


For the embossing I used a clear embossing powder with just a hint of glitter. 
This not only gives a wonderful sheen shimmer, but it also provides a bit of stability to the fragile fussy cut image (which I thought was important seeing this was going to have a future life as a greeting card and would actually be handled).

Above is the final journal page that if desired could be left right in my journal with room for text, but this, again, is going to be a card for someone very special to me and that will be Part 2 coming up on May 30th.  I hope you come back and join me for that.

Below are some more background pages created by offloading our brayer right into my Dylusions journal.  The heavy paper really stands up to this and it allows me a jumping off point at a later date...gesso and background already ready already!


A fun little note...while I was paging through my journal looking for the right background I found where Dyan Reaveley herself autographed my journal at the 2015 CHA.   What an inspiration she is.

Thanks for hanging out with me today &
be sure to check back on the 30th for part II. 
 Have a beautiful weekend!

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  1. The gelli papers alone are fabulous and adding all the collage elements makes it even better!