Mixed Media Challenge: Paint


We’re playing around with Paint over at Happy Little Stampers this month for the Mixed Media Challenge. I thought I would re-visit my Gelli Plate and create a cool monoprint using some Acrylic paint for you. I hope this project inspires you in some way! I’d love for you to join us, the prize is a gift certificate this month, so you have nothing to lose!

HLS Mixed Media challenge February 2016

To create this fun card, I used several layers of acrylic paint, some left over Christmas tree branches, bubble wrap, a stencil and some twine. I pulled prints from each layer, and layered each one on this piece. The end result is a varied project with deep character. You’ll notice the Phthalo Green, Burnt Umber and white acrylic paint layers. I love the distressed look it took toward the end. My Umber dried a bit so I only was able to pull a partial in those spots, but that left me with some awesome character.


To finish the card, I punched a few pieces of Espresso card stock, used a little linen thread and some sequins. I thought a simple banner with the greeting from the HLS Butterfly Birthday set would be perfect. Rather than create a traditional banner edge, I pulled my card stock through half a hexagon punch and punched the reverse for the point. I thought it went a bit better with the image from the Moroccan Simon Says Stamp stencil. The card needed something, so a little paper piercing rounded it all out.


I think it turned out pretty cool, I love that I can paint with several layers on a monoprint and it still is just like a piece of printed paper – that’s so cool! So how are you going to paint your creation?


Remember, Mixed Media can be simple like this card – all you need is stamps, ink, and a way to develop texture with another element like a stencil, or paste, or paint. Quite simple!

So get those fingers inky – mine were for this one!


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  1. Wow!!! I am completely bowled over with your creation Ingrid!!! It is absolutely stunning.

  2. I love your card, Ingrid – a wonderful masculine birthday card in gorgeous colours. And I’m definitely inspired by it! It’s great being on the HLS DT with you – I’m learning so much!
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  3. omg, I love it! The background looks so textured–love the distressed look! Did you know there’s a gelli print facebook group? It doesn’t have a lot of traffic but people share what they’re working on and new ways to use Gelli.


  4. Very cool, Ingrid! Boy….Gelli Plate fever might hit me!

  5. Ingrid,
    I love what you did with the different elements of this card. It’s so different from what I’m used to seeing and I really like it!

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