Maybe the most stupid mistake you can make with a gelli plate

…is not to remove the cover from your brand new big size gelli plate before using it.
And it just happened to me. Having my head in the clouds, thinking of many too many other things having on my “plate” right now. After 4 prints I was wondering what was wrong with my acrylic colors today – too cold, too old, dried out… and then I saw it!!!

But let’s just call it artistic freedom and enjoy those much too dry, but interesting looking prints.

Another good thing is, it will never happen again, because the cover sheet now was much too beautiful with my self scanned and cut multi layered stencils, so that I did not clean it. It goes into the package after using just like this.

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting,

Angelika

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My first experiences and creations with the new Silhouette Curio™

Last week I got the brand new Silhouette Curio cutting and embossing machine.

My first step was to ruin the embossing mat with crafts foil. I just didn’t get it off the mat anymore, instead the foam of the mat was gone.
It looks like the key to success is to use the right material. Three days later I started over again with a stack of new papers, with a new mat and the intention to test every material on the corner of the mat before covering the whole mat.

So I gave my new machine a second chance.
I love the edgy shape of the machine. It is very easy to grab and move.
Inside the machine there are 4 holders for tools, that are not currently in use, very handy!

The double carriage is fantastic. You can use 2 tools at a time, e.g. the embossing tool and the blade for embossing and cutting right after each other in one step. This is what I did with the leaves below using vellum and high quality hand made paper:

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I love the firm base of this new model. It is very easy to handle. You do not have to unload it to change materials.
The handling is very different from the Cameo. I had to get used to it.

I must say, I also love the small size platform. The Curio is a multi tasking crafts machine and for experimenting with the new techniques and materials the format is absolutely ok for making cards, embellishments and tags.
The double size platform will be delivered later in fall and of course I will get one, too. But for now, I don’t miss it.
I am missing more the extra tools, that are announced, the deep cut blade and the stippling tool.

Here I’ll give you a little impression of my workspace. Usually it is more loaded with stuff though.
I needed a photo for my book and cleared everything, that did not look like a perfect designers desk 🙂

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I find the new features in Silhouette Studio® confusing. It is only 2 icons in the menu, but there are so many options behind it. I experienced, that if you want to make deeper embossing lines you have to go over the same lines again and again. So I tried, if I can do this with the well known sketch functions of the DE Edition, too and indeed, this works!

The blue paper I did with sketch lines, the rose paper I did with a simple stencil design and the new embossing function. The paper feels great. It’s got a real 3D touch. It is curling a bit, so lets see how to use it…

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After 2 days of playing I can say, the Curio is not a replacement for the Cameo, if you love big projects.
But if letter size is ok for you it is a perfect companion with so many options. It is cutting perfectly, also on the embossing mat, so you do not have to change it, when you are cutting and embossing in one step.
It is sketching and making perfect score lines. For embossing you may not have too high expectations. You need to have the right material and the right settings combined with the right designs and patience to get great results 🙂

But you can creatively combine all those techniques. You can print and cut and there will also be a PixScan mat available soon.
So after a bit of a difficult start I love this new member of the Silhouette family, too.

Printable christmas papers in letter size

Last week I packed some sets of printable holiday and christmas papers, but also with neutral winter motifs I created.
Again I used some doodles I made with the spirograph and of course snow flakes, stars and christmas trees…

There are just so handy coming in a ready to print size as pdf for crafting, die cutting and electronic cutting of cards, tags and ornaments.

Have fun and have a great sunny weekend!

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pastel printable winter papers          neutral natural printable christmas papers

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some new gelli print experiments

After so much precise vector work the past weeks I did some relaxation with my gelli plate last night.

First I prepared some embossed papers and die cuts I wanted to use. Of course I could not control myself again when Sizzix UK had their big sale lately, so I got a big box with new embossing folders and decorative strips dies. I was instantly in love with the Tim Holtz dies.

On the top print I used them as stencils, but they kept sticking on the print after removing the page from the gelli plate giving a lovely effect just like the flower masks from film, which are covered with acrylic paint and sticking between the stencils and the page. So this has become a mixed media page without intention.

I tried adding golden modeling paste, which looks much more beautiful on the original print than on the scans.

The black and white is just decorative and maybe I will go on working on it.

For the purple print I used some dots from the trash from mirror cardboard and wow, they also been sticking and still shiny after removing, so I just let them stay and shimmer.

And the bottom print will be a wonderful background paper whenever I need a walltexture. I never expected it to come out so cool. The first print did not look very spectacular, but this is the second print with removed stencils. What a surprise.

Altogether a successful gelli session and so much fun!

 

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making endless damask paper rollers for gelli printing

I recently ordered 2 sets of damask embossing folders from Sizzix with having wall paper like prints in mind. The little size does not cover a letter size sheet though, so I tried to make endless rollers.
I found a matching roll within my fabric stock and cut it in pieces, also the embossed papers and fixed them around the rolls.You need to have very good double sided tape for this to get a clear endless pattern.

I used the rollers with the gelli plate and it was such a sticky, messy and intricate action, that I totally forgot to make pics. I was not happy with the results anyway. But with a couple of days rest in between, then scanning some of the best sheets, recoloring them on the computer and printing the new colors I found them usable.

I cut tags, ran them through the Big Shot again embossing them with the same patterns. I brushed distressed ink pads over it softly to get more contrasts and then covered them with embellishments. At the end I love them and I will bore you even more with tags 🙂

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Senseless Telephone birthday card

Many birthdays this month, so I started to paint, print and punch today to make some new cards.
A great chance to try out my new dies I had ordered lately. I just couldn’t resist to get 2 new BigZ dies from Tim Holtz at the big Sizzix sale and some little thin dies, which are great to use for all the scraps from the electronic cutter like the grass fringes.
The funny parasols are on a collage sheet I did not release yet. It will come to my shops soon.

It was fun to play around. This card is my favorite of todays creations, a total senseless telephone in the grass. Sometimes you just have to do stupid things and call it art. I used some printable papers from Joyful Heart Designs for the telephone die cuts and the lovely flower back ground. They are printing beautifully and the grundy and retro look is great for my telephones.

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