Gelli play with contact paper (tools too)

How funny is this?  I was playing with my Gelli plate, after a long time away from it, and doing the packing tape thing.  I tried sticker paper (too dull) and while I had the Mac shut down (still power issues and the electrician is not available till tomorrow AM – argh!) I was playing with contact paper.  leida (a commenter) suggested shelf paper and I realized that shelf paper and contact paper are (I think!) the same thing.

My experiments began with pulling the prints with the sticky side of the contact paper (I have a HUGE roll of it) but soon branched out.

Remember I had shown embossing on thick card and using that as a texture tool?  Well, one thing I had done, but not sure I ever mentioned here, was to emboss an old plastic place mat to use the same way.  I liked that because it is washable, but I only had a couple and use then for a few things.  It occurred to me that index cards covered with contact paper could work the same.  They do.

Cover with contact paper. Two cards are better – thicker and deeper emboss that way


gellitexture2You can either press onto the plate to texture it or brayer paint onto the raised surface and press that onto the plate.

gellitexture4 gellitexture5Either way, it wipes clean with a baby wipe.

gellitexture3Another thing I discovered was a different use for that foam tool – the one with a strip of pinking-shear cut fun foam between two bits of card?

dottylinesHow cool are the thick dotty lines you get with it used as a stamp?

dottylines2 dottylines3The contact paper does pull a great print, as good as the packing tape.

prepull contactpaperAnd rather than adding foil flakes, I had a go adding glitter.  As long as you are sparing with it, the contact paper still sticks – although a layer of gel medium to on whatever you want to stick it to will help if you get too heavy-handed.

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contactpaperglitter3I really like this one! I have an idea for something using this style of print. but need to work one or two things out.  You may be able to tell that for this one I added the first layer of the paint thru a stencil (the diamonds) which gave me plenty of open areas (this technique requires that) I think I prefer that to the deli paper masks.

Oh and the Kool Aid hair dye?  Rubbish on dark hair.  Or 4 hours wasn’t enough.  Luckily I had a can of foam mousse (from ages ago when DS did his hair for Red Nose day) and DD was happy enough with that.  It says last for up to 8 shampoos, but after this morning’s shower it was very faded.  I doubt it will last thru another day, let alone the week!