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When Gelli Arts® contacted me awhile ago about working with their products, I jumped up and down and said YES!  If you are interested in doing some Christmas shopping and picking up a Gelli Arts® Printing Plate, right now there is free shipping. The code is JOYFULPRINTING2016 and you can click HERE to visit the Gelli Arts® website.

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Even though calligraphy and lettering has pretty much taken over my life, I still love everything crafty and DIY. I wanted to create some fun backgrounds and use my lettering too to make some Christmas projects.

I got busy and put everything on my dining room table: the Gel Printing Plate and brayer, assorted acrylic paints, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid, and Strathmore Bristol paper. I use Smooth Bristol paper a lot because I like to do calligraphy on very smooth surfaces.

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I took the 8″ x 10″ Gel Printing Plate out of the packaging, squirted some Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid on it and spread it with the brayer.

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I applied the Acrylic Glazing Liquid first as kind of an extender, knowing some of my paints were pretty thick and also to slow the drying time a little. Plus, this stuff dries glossy, which is great for shiny happy Christmas cards!

Then the paint application began. I thought I would create 2 colours palettes: greens and metallics.

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I used a few different shades and brand of green acrylic paint, plus the Acrylic Glazing Liquid, then spread it with the brayer.

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Ok, aren’t these colours just LUSH!?!?!?

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I placed the Bristol paper right on top, and pulled off 2 prints.  The print on the left is the first pull, and the right side is the second.  I love both!

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With the brayer full of paint, I rolled it off on another piece of Bristol paper, and loved the effect, so I used these smaller pieces for cutting and tags.

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I also worked with some lighter greens and tried drawing some stars to create a pattern, using an old Crayola marker that I found in a bin somewhere.

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I thought this was a fun pattern when I printed it onto the Bristol. And suddenly I knew I had to try some lettering right onto the paint and Gelli plate.

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Yes, I knew it would come out backwards, but I couldn’t resist writing in that thick, juicy green paint! And it resulted in a ‘mirror selfie’ ha ha

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I also wanted to create some gold silver metallic marbling, so I got busy with those paints.

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The colours and textures are so much better in real life! Very shimmery and beautiful metallics!

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Even the extra paint run off the brayer was gorgeous!

Then the merry crafting began! I used the green prints to make cards and tags:

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My Kuretake Metallic Gold Fudebiyori brush pen was perfect for writing “Noel” on a tag, and then the outline in white with the Uniball Signo 153 really made it pop.

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I used the same lettering technique on the “Be Merry” card too.

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And on this gold silver marbled place card:

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For a card, I decided to cut some green prints into triangles and then drew white branches on them to make trees.

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I adhered everything together with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner and 3D Foam Tape.

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Then I used a Tombow Fudenosuke Soft tip brush pen to write the world “Believe”

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I hope you are inspired to get crafty with some Gelli Arts®!

Here are some affiliate shopping links if you’re interested in some of the products I used today. Just click on the photo to see them in my Amazon store:

NOTE: This post was sponsored by Gelli Arts®, but all opinions and projects are my own.

1 Comment on Gelli Arts Christmas Cards

  1. Mary and her little lamb
    December 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm (12 months ago)

    Wow, cool.

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