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WOYWW 220 – Gelli Recipes

OMG.  The state of my desk!  I think it may be shameful even for a WOYWW day, when we get to see desks in a mess (well, not ALWAYS, but more often than not) all around the world.

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Deep in the Gelli play at the moment.  And not as short of WOYWW as I would have hoped, but not as long as it could be.

A had a comment on a You Tube doodah I did, asking how I achieved a particular print.

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I answered, but the more I looked at it, the less I was convinced I actually remembered how I did it.  And that REALLY annoyed me. I know I pulled the yellow print then masked and pulled over that to get the right hand one, but I can’t recall if they were meant to show a two stage process of if in fact they really were what I said they were, a print with its ghost.

This led me to a mental tangent, musing on the nature of Gelli play in general.  I think many people are like me – they sit down, they say What if I did….? and just slap on the pain, try something out, pull a print or two or 20, then clean up and move on.  And maybe even promptly FORGET how they achieved something that ended up being really cool.  Is that MORE common that those who plan every print to achieve just the look they want or need for a particular project? I don’t know.

And that got me thinking about al the people who buy a plate, and, like me, then go looking for instructional videos and blog posts to get them started, heading in the right direction. And maybe there is a good number of people who recognize the Gelli Plate is “hot” right now, buy it cause they like to have the thing everyone is clearly stoked about, but aren’t necessarily playful of experimental by nature.  So the plate languishes.

What would help with some of those issues?

Gelli Plate Recipe Cards!

I had a bit of a play – I made four of them, with things I thought would be useful.  For mine, a I usually do anyway, I took photos of the stages that resulted in a particular print.  I popped into my little program and added the text and the photos, added a couple of notes for things I seemed likely to forget, with space for making notes later too.

My idea was to use a pack of big 5 x 7 inch notecards (5 x 8 cards would work as well.)  I now I have them, I just can’t for the life of me figure out where I put them! I thought I could print the recipe on one side then pull the print for a sample on the other, then collect them all into a bound book, for easy reference. I ended up printing them then pulling the prints and sticking them together, because the paper I was using wasn’t QUITE thick enough for my liking.  Likewise you could print on thicker cardstock then cut to size and pull the print on the back.

The first one was what I did yesterday, to make a two-pone print, and something I mentioned wanting to try, which was to add texture to the 2nd brayering of the paint.

PS:  Ignore the typo – that s corrected in the PDF 🙂

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And the samples on the back:

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Then I did another thing I had been keen to try, brayering the paint onto the bubble wrap then stamping on the loaded plate, again to get a two-tone effect.

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I pulled prints of both the light onto dark and dark onto light versions so I could see the difference. And noted which one works better. I also did a card with some of my instructions for Fun Foam tools and cut small samples of those.

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I have this vision that if I could convince lots of Gelli artists to make similar Recipe Cards, in the same size, then how cool would that be? Then people could download the cards, play with the ideas, pull a print on the back of the card, and in the end have their own little technique book.  so I’m going to add mine for people to gram.  Let’s see if anyone else takes up the gauntlet…. I know I’ll keep making these for me, and when I do I’ll be sure to add them. And I’ll hope that maybe some of the inspiring artists out there start posting some of their own too.

Note:  Had a bit of an epic fail on the ones I originally posted, so these are the ones correctly sized for 5 x 7 inch index cards. There is a third one (and an explanation) in the next post!

Two-tone effects PDF

Two-tone effect and Fun Foam tools PDF

Happy WOYWW 🙂


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Gelli print…or is it?

So I had this idea I wanted to try and it sidetracked me.  Julia will laugh, cause we did chat about this on our fabric store outing, the way I get an idea and have to shove everything to the side and experiment.  My son thinks I must had ADD.  Who knows?  Anyway the idea is first, then there is a sort of Gelli Plate … not really a substitute, but I guess I’ll explain that after the technique that led me to it.

I’ve found that I really like the prints I get when I lay a stencil over the plate then pull thru the stencil, then remove the stencil from the plate and pull a print from the paint that had been trapped under it. I found a “better” way to do it was to brayer over the stencil, which removes SOME of the paint from the open areas, but not as MUCH as you remove with a pull.  Like so:

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Brayer:

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Pull:

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So that got me thinking, brayering another colour into the open areas, after removing the colour that isn’t trapped under the stencil, could be kinda cool. I used a lime-y green over the minty green:

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Then I pulled that:

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I think once you brayer on the 2nd colour, adding some texture to it, with bubble wrap or stripped back cardboard or maybe a grid, could really make it interesting.

But I need to talk about where that led me!

I knew that brayering paint on thru the stencil by blobbing paint on the top then brayering wasn’t going to work very well.  The paint is too thick and it gets caught in certain areas, usually right where you blob it on, and I wanted a more uniform coverage.  I happened to grab a piece of fun foam and blobbed on the paint to first spread it out and load the brayer then brayer to more uniform coating over the stencil.

QI, as they say on TV.

The fun foam shares some properties with the Gelli plate, in that it is soft and gives (unlike the monoprinting using a glass mat, for example) and it imparts a bit of a texture cause the foam is slightly rough. One problem is the paint dries on it fairly quickly, more so than it does on the Gelli.  I thought I could pull a print off the foam so I did.  First I added more paint – more than I would on the Gelli, then added a dollop of what I had, which was glaze medium.  Anything that extends the open (wet) time of the paint should work.  I think flow medium might be the better product but I didn’t have that.

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I brayered that all over the fun foam. Then I first tried pressing bubble wrap on it.  That worked better in some areas than others.  Maybe better still with slightly drier paint?

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Brayered paint thru a stencil and pulled that:

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Wanted to change colour and found the foam cleaned up with a baby wipe almost as easily as the plate does!

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Wondered if the give in the foam would make pulling a print thru a stencil satisfactory – and it does!

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funfoamgelli7Here is another one I did – really like that one!

funfoamgelli8What you can see is it’s kinda patchy, probably due to the paint not staying as wet. but I think you can see the layers: square stencils, leaf ribs, leafy frond, and somewhere in the back there is plastic canvas grid.

OK so what use is this?  This is how I see it: I LOVE my Gelli plate.  I wish it hadn’t taken me as long as it did to cave in to the desire to have one.  I wondered if I would like the process, if I would find the resulting prints useful and usable or would they just pile up?

Before I bought the plate I looked around for whatever I could find for a Gelli Plate Substitute or Faux Gelli Plate or Homemade Gelli Plate.  Nothing seemed easy – I was not going to make a plate, figure out how to store it, an end up letting it rot quietly if I lost interest.  The hard glass mat didn’t appeal, and (did I see or just imagine a craft mat  might work?) I don’t have a craft mat, just a Teflon liner from the £ store. If I DID have a craft mat, I wasn’t going to use it for monoprinting.  But I certainly can see how someone might feel like I did, that they WANTED a Gelli plate but were just not sure it was worth buying one, if in the end they didn’t enjoy the process.

I think the fun foam is cheap, it cleans up pretty quickly and well, and while the prints are no where NEAR as nice as the actual Gelli prints, they are usable.  The process is similar enough you can surely get a sense of what Gelli printing is like.  So I see this as a “gateway” tool/technique.  If you try monoprinting with fun foam, you find you like doing it and like the prints then I promise you,  you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Gelli plate!  And really? who DOESN’T have a sheet or two of fun foam lying about?


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Round Gelli calendar

DOH!  I had a look at my calendar stuff and realized I’d not made more than one 2014 version!  Because I wanted to play with the round spots I quickly modified one from last year.  The longest part of the process is obsessively checking to make sure each month starts and ends on the right day of the week and has the correct number of days!

Of course the PDF here is usable for a standard CD calendar, so even if you aren’t keen on the Gelli print version, it’s still useful.

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The text area is designed ti be easily masked with a standard Post-It note, just like the square version. I used the Standard Circles Large Nestie set, third in from the outside.  Perfect fit.

One warning about using the Post-It notes – the adhesive is only on one edge.  BE CAREFUL (and I obviously was NOT) that the note doesn’t fold up when printing.  Good thing this one ended up a bit too dark so I was happy to do another one anyway.

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Another point to note – I don’t obsessively clean my plate or my masks/stencils/stamps.  As you can see, some leftover green that was dried onto the stencil transferred.  If I was just pulling prints for fun, I’d like that.  Not for these.

MOST of the “backgrounds” were light, with a pattern that I felt would not detract from the text.

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Bubble wrap, grids, plastic canvas, most f them work pretty well to my eye.  Most of the over-printing was with a darker tone.  For the first version I didn’t go for crazy, multi-layered prints.  That’s an experiment for another day.

Although the font is pretty fine, for most of them it printed perfectly well.  June, the paint was pretty thick in the area right where I printed.  You can see how the printer ink pooled.

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This is what the rest of them were like – much better:

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Just a quick peek at my progress.  I’ll do close-ups when I’m done and happy with EVERY print.

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Some I love, some I will redo.  The Pull then Print version, with the text over a print is nice, I like it a lot, but I wonder if the other calendar, with the quite BOLD text, is better for that and if THIS one might be more suitable for the Print then Pull options, where the text area is masked so the plain cardstock shows thru? Just a quick shot of that:

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Somehow the  funky font appeals to me more.  But I like the circular masking….and the funky font, for some months, is HUGE, making the Post-It note coverage impossible unless the font is scaled down A LOT for September, for example. Arrgh!  I just can’t decide….. Clearly there is more playing to be done.


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Gelli Print 2014 CD Calendar

Before I went off on the Word Search tangent, I was planning on making a Gelli print calendar.  I finally made the time to play around with the idea.  I’ll work on it, now I know what’s what, over the next couple of days and show the completed project when I get done.

Here is the process, as well as some options, and pointers to things I think work well and others not so well.

The first thing I did was alter a previous calendar printable.  MANY of the ones I have made, as well as many you can find with a quick Google search for CD calendar printable will work very well for the.  Click the menu item at the top for Calendar Making to see links to most of mine.  The PDF of this one is here.

The printed calendar part is sized so it can be covered perfectly with a standard Post-It note.

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Keep in mind that although I am playing with Gelli prints, the same idea can easily be used with many stamping techniques, using inks or sprays to colour the background instead.

There are two methods to do this.

Method 1 – Print then Pull

For this version, first print all the calendar sheets and cut them in half, one month per 1/2 sheet.  Add a Post-It not over the area you want to remain un-printed. Pull the print.  I played with light-first, darker-over combos, but really any sort of print, so long as the text area is masked, should work without compromising the readability.

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Overprint if you like, then when dry, pull off the Post-It note to reveal your calendar “page”

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The masked are will remain plain cardstock, and I like this for how clear and readable the information is.

Method 2 – Pull then Print

Pull prints on an A4 (US letter should work as well) piece of cardstock.  Think READABILITY and pick a fairly light colour and an overall pattern.  I find bubble wrap my favourite for this. I tried a light yellow and pulled the first full-strength print as well as the ghost print for an even lighter version.

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I have only the 6 inch plate which is perfect to get two more or less equal sized prints to a sheet.  If you have a larger plate, I would maybe mask 1/2 the sheet and pull your first one, then mask that and pull the other, rather than pulling a full-page, unless you have a plan for the unused half. But you can do as you like, of course!

I’ve proved in past projects that printing on a pulled print works perfectly well, at least with my Canon printer.  Test your own inks and see to be sure, before you do a load of them and find it smears.

Print the calendar sheet onto the pulled print. I think both the light and dark versions are clear, although the light is maybe slightly more so.

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Now mask the text area then pull your print to get more colour and pattern. I ALSO pulled a print without masking.  I think you will agree that is not very readable – or maybe you like that better,  Again, up to you.

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Here are the two – masking the text:

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NOT masking the text.

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And all four, to help you compare:

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They will fit a standard CD case for using as a desk calendar, but that is just one thing you could do.  You can print the PDF four images per page to get quite a small print, if you wanted to pull a print over the whole page – that will give you pages that are about 2 1/2 inches, but the Gelli Print part around the edges will be pretty small, less than 1/2 inch around the text.  Personally I’m not sure that is worth doing, not for a Gelli print.  But if you wanted to make plain tear-off calendars that would be the way to do it.

I think making a frame for the CD case, like I did with some Gelli debris here, would be nice. Just make the opening as wide as you can to show off the prints on the pages.

I made a little foam-core frame and covered it with used and colourful paper tools!

I made a little foam-core frame and covered it with used and colourful paper tools!

Now I know the method, I just have to complete the rest of the pages.

One last idea – You can always print the calendar pages then cut them out and mount them onto a Gelli print and use up some of your prints that way.  That is by far the easiest and most predictable  way to get something you know you will like.  But isn’t part of the fun of the Gelli plate the whole surprise/random aspect of pulling prints?

I’m keen to experiment with the circle calendar myself, or masking the text with a circle rather than a square…..


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Christmas Cards (new and using the PL printables)

OK, so I am adding the printable card toppers today.

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Three toppers.  The PDF is here, and here are some shots of the cards made up.

WScards3The font on this is Cousine, which I like because the weight of the bold text is heavier and it really stands out.  The kraft ones use Courier.

WScards4I like them printed on textured cardstock, although it is slightly more cream than true pure white.

As it was so easy to do, I took the sheet of the card toppers, printed them 4 images to a page and scaled to fit, then saved that as a PDF.  That gives me a sheet with 12  1 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch tags for gifts. You can grab that PDF here. I did print them and they SHOULD fit US letter paper as well as A4.  the print area is about 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches.  Phew.

As I suspected, the kraft printables DO work well for cards.  MY blanks are about 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches but simply trimming off a line of text makes the kraft ones work with that size.

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And the filler cards in the 3 x 4 size work if you layer them.  This is on a 5 x 5 inch card blank.

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Rather than send you back to that post, here is the link for the kraft version.

Now maybe I can move on from the Word Search design and forget about that holiday for another month or two!


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If you can’t beat ’em…(Christmas Printables for Project life)

I have been seeing Christmas things (cards, printables, etc) since JANUARY and while I always moan about it, I also know that there are MUCH more organized and forward thinking people out there who are much better prepared for the day than I am because they start well in advance.  They might appreciate these.

When looking for images for something else I found these adorable graphics by Spoon Graphics, luckily free to use, and grabbed ’em, with the idea to file them away for a later date.  But in looking at them I felt they would work well with the Word Search style things I am in love with at the moment.  I first made a cute set of Christmas card toppers, then figured as long as everything was there on my desktop, I might as well make a set of PL printables.

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two page PDF, with five 3 x 4 cards and two 4 x 6 cards (I don’t often make 4 x 6 ones but frankly I thought  they would also work as card toppers and I’m all about the double-duty items) and two photo addition strips.  I did that a few times on some older printables.  Designed as small strips, with tabs, you can add them to the front of a photo and secure the tabs on the back.  One is 4 inches and one 6. The 6 inch one can be folded to make it smaller, you just lose the birdie!

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Don’t feel like you have to slavishly cut the tabs exactly – they get folded to the back so it’s more a visual clue as to how to use them than it is a precise requirement.

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This will give you an idea of what you are getting.

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I love kraft and red, so luckily that colourway worked with the graphics.  I think they turned out cute as can be.  The featured words are in red, and bold, but they take up such a small space on most of them you could easily print word strips that work for you, even on white, then stick them over my words to make the whole set much more usable.

And as to more usable, I see no reason you couldn’t cut out the 3 x 4 filler cards and simply punch a hole in one corner to turn them into gift tags, or indeed why you couldn’t mat them and use them a small card toppers! MORE than double duty! The words on this one were SNOWY DAY and while I would be OK with leaving them on a tag, if you don’t like them you can cut them off.

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I’ll add the cards after I get them printed and made up as actual cards, but expect them to follow the same idea.  I suspect I will probably include the sheet of the kraft colourway in that PDF as well if when I test the cutting there is enough space to trim them down to just slightly UNDER 4 x 6 for a card topper with a border, IYKWIM.

With luck that will happen tomorrow.  DH is back from Japan on Saturday and next week is crazy busy, with Challengers for DD, Insomnia, both practice and the event itself for DS , a chili cook off for DH, then DH taking DS back to Scotland the next week.  Then we are in to back to school for DD and things will settle a bit.  I’m exhausted just typing it all out!I try to blog every day but when life is busy it’s mighty hard!


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Making the Word Search notecards

OK, I don’t in fact have additional samples.  DD was keen to re-do her bedroom decor from girlie pink to brown stripes so I spent the day dyeing a cheap duvet cover, sheets and pillow cases.  We also tidied up her desk and still need to change the thin wallpaper border and talk about curtains.  Real Life and all that…

But, as promised, here is the info on creating the notecards.  As I added the PDFs and the PNGs of the backgrounds I used, you can do this without needing to create a word search grid, but look back here to see both how you can do that, and to find the downloads.

I’ll add another one of the cards just so you don’t have to go back if you land here from some link or pin:

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1.  Print the grid sheets on to plain paper.  This is just a step to help you check the placement of whatever stamp you are using

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This is a throw-away sheet so you can just stamp on it to see where it fits, or pick a different stamp if you need to.

2. Stamp the image using a stamp positioner on thin paper.  I keep them as they can be used with the stamp over and over.

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I find it easiest to put the throw-away piece BEHIND my nice cardstock, making sure the edges are perfectly aligned and having already noted and marked a corner that tells me how to place the cardstock in my printer (see below) so it prints the grid in the right place.  Hold it up to the window, and then match the positioning sheet to the image behind.  You can sort of see that above. I stick the thin sheet to the nice cardstock with repositionable adhesive then put that on my desk.

If you don’t already know, figure out how to place the paper in your printer to ensure the printing goes in the right place.  My printer has a tray for plain paper and used the REAR TRAY (a top feeder that you have easier access to) for heavier cardstock.  Using the SAME feed for both the plain paper print AND the cardstock print will minimize the chance of error:

  • mark an X on plain paper in one corner
  • print the PDF on the plain paper and note how the print is oriented and where the X is positioned when it comes out of the printer

When you place this sheet behind the nice cardstock, make an X in the corresponding corner of the heavy card. Make sure you load the card into the printer the same way as the plain paper to  make sure your stamped image is properly oriented.    You know the grid will print exactly as it did on the plain paper so long as you feed the card the same way

3. Line up the stamp positioner with the edges of the thin paper, remove the paper and  stamp on the nice cardstock. If you don’t know how to use a stamp positioner,so sorry I didn’t take photos of that but there are 1000s of other who have.  This link is as good as any. Here is a video that uses a clear plate rather than tracing paper.  I bet you could use a bit of acrylic.

4. Cut masks for the stamped image.  Masking Magic is good, but a Post-It note is probably not secure enough, unless you add additional repositionable adhesive.   You DO NOT want this mask to come off inside your printer, trust me!  Place the mask over the stamped image and send it thru your printer. Coming out of the printer – can you just see the mask? The border lines are NOT on the final PDF.  I decided they were not needed and made them harder to use different ways.

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You can store the mask on the stamp positioning sheet that matches it – why I like using the paper rather than a clear plate or sheet of acrylic!

5.  Be careful removing the mask, especially when using Masking Magic.  The printer ink will be wet and you can easily get printer ink on your fingers and smear it on the card. Also, if you use repositionable adhesive, be careful rubbing that off.  Using Staz-on or Archival Ink ti stamp the image will help minimize the chance of any smearing.

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That gives you the word search background, with the stamped image over it and no text behind the image.  I made these for the Stampotique Challenge, hence my use of the Stampotique images, but I think you could use many different image and it would still look good.  You can then ink or paint or whatever to add colour, like I did for this card:

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Sorry to show that one AGAIN LOL! Still cute tho’

ALTERNATIVE OPTION:

This is easier, but you have to be sure everything is stuck very securely.  You are dealing with thin paper, with heavy cardstock stuck to it, then a mask stuck in place over the stamped image.  While it omits the need for a stamp positioner entirely, I think the chance of something shifting in the printer is higher.  KNOW YOUR PRINTER – if you know this is going to be a problem, use the first method.

  • stamp the image on cardstock
  • mask the image
  • trim the cardstock to exactly the size you need for your card or project
  • stick this piece of cardstock FIRMLY to the plain printed sheet, with the image positioned over the grid exactly where you want it
  • run the plain paper (with the cardstock stuck to it) thru your printer
  • peel the cardstock off the plain paper and peel off the mask etc.

I have to say I just love this technique and think it has legs, as they say – there is a lot you can do with it.


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WOYWW 219 – word search info

OK, so I managed to capture all I think you need for this.  But first, a remarkably tidy desk for WOYWW this week!

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The process for creating a Word Search background for any use is way easier than you might think. What I use is this link – geared towards teachers, it allows you to create a word search grid simply by filling in the options online.

There is flexibility here, but this is what I did. On the menu screen I changed things to suit me.  Just added a random word and selected COLORS for the word list.  You have to pick SOMETHING in order to create a grid, it won’t let you create just a grid of random characters.  So far as I can tell this just adds the one word to the grid.  It might be interesting to add a list of RELATED words in the CHOOSE YOUR OWN WORDS section and NOT tick the EXISTING WORD LIST. In the generated grid, ones that you type will appear in the grid but not be highlighted unless you change the colour of them.  Imagine  I LOVE YOU highlighted, but other love related words there in the grid – SWEETIE, KISS, HUGS, ADORE, etc. Then the recipient will “see” them even if they aren’t the focus IYKWIM.  I would select FORWARD WORDS ONLY cause backwards ones may not be even marginally noticeable.  I edited the original grid and I didn’t want a lot of actual words in there, but thinking on it,  it might be cool.

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I make a few other changes – I make the grid 15 x 25 (or 25 x 15 depending if I want landscape or portrait orientation) and select lower case and Verdana for the font.  That really doesn’t matter as I change the font in my program anyway. Comic Sans is the default and I blinkin’ HATE Comic Sans.  If you wanted to create a grid with actual words you can make the changes on the right, to forward only words, for example.  But again, as I edit it anyway you don’t really need to. This is what you get:

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One cool thing is you can copy and past the grid as INDIVIDUAL characters and NOT as an IMAGE of the grid. That makes each character totally editable.  Just selecting them grid to COPY>Paste you can see that:

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All I do is then paste THAT into my program then change the font to a monospaced one.  I used Cousine.  I then select the letters to change and to make the words I want to use as the sentiment:

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Obviously this is personal preference but I usually make the letters all a medium grey,  so the words (in this case THINKING OF YOU with OF and YOU intersecting) really stand out when I make those letters both BOLD and the colour I want.  One word of caution – I mentioned  it above, but make sure you select a MONOSPACED font.  This means that each character takes up exactly the same space within its block and is placed in the block in the centre.  That means they will all line up as a perfect grid.  Non monospaced fonts won’t!

NEW INFO!  PSE spaces the characters differently than my program does.  Making the text bold makes the letters not line up perfectly.  PSE doesn’t have kerning so other than changing the point size of the SPACES between the letters, space by space, I don’t know how you would do this in PSE.  BUT Ifa, on UKS gave this a go and tells me that you can do it in Word on a PC and the spacing stays the same.  I’ll try to see if I can push DS off his gaming PC and give it a go.

You can make the grid fit an area in a couple of different ways – either create a much larger grid then select just the dimensions you need (say 4 x 6 for a card topper, or 3 x 4 for a Project  Life  printable) OR mess about with the font size, so it fills the space,  or tile the grid if you wanted to fill a 12 x 12 scrapbook page!

I had a thought.  I will go ahead and add the card toppers I created as  PDFs for you.  If you like the idea but don’t want to go thru the steps to create your own, you can use these.

Portrait orientation, JUST A NOTE PDF

Landscape Orientation, THINKING of YOU PDF

I ‘ll also add them as a .png – that will allow you to edit the colour, but I tried and you can’t edit the text as text. You can resize them.

Portrait orientation, JUST A NOTE PNG

Landscape Orientation, THINKING of YOU PNG

Just click ENHANCE > Adjust color > Adjust Hue/Saturation then tick COLORIZE and use the sliders to change to a colour you like.

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From there it’s simple…or is it?  It IS simple but takes a few photo to explain so as this is already way longer than a usual WOYWW post I think I’d better save that bit for tomorrow.  Maybe by then I will have some different samples to show you.  Can’t wait? If I say MASKING, will that be enough info for you to have a go yourself? Probably …..

Here is a card from yesterday for you so you can see what it looks like all in this post:

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Happy WOYWW!


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SDC 111 – Color Challenge

This week the SDC challenge is a colour one, yellow, orange and purple.  Funnily enough I used those colours for an OLD challenge, using iris folding (just about the only iris folding I have ever done!)

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That was SDC 8 (!) and PURPLE.  This challenge is 111.  I’ve not done EVERY one but I have done a LOT of them yet never once have  I won the draw.  To be honest I’m not even sure if I am eligible – or in fact if it would be worth winning – as I live out of the USA.  It would be lovely if the winner was outside of the USA and were able to collect the “prize” from an in-country shop that sells the stamps.  I so need some new ones but haven’t been able to do mu usual $100 order delivered to wherever we are in the USA.  But my in-laws are due for a visit in November so there is hope.

Anyway, here is THIS challenge project.

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It’s another note card holder, but resolving one problem with the usual one .

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It always irritated me that if you pick up the original one, and by chance turn it upside down, all the cards and envelopes fall out, due to the opening being at the top. This way, with the opening in the middle, that doesn’t happen.  BUT, the stuff does tend to shift towards the middle/spine when you open it, although I guess I find that preferable to them all tumbling out on to the floor!

Really the only change you need to make is to make the bottom flap equal to the middle section.

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You still cut away the sides, it’s just a bigger area!  This also solves the other niggle I had, which is the pocket, when attached in the common way, by the little side flaps, tends to let the cards catch on the flap.  Or at least it does for me.  Making the pocket a solid piece, attached at the back, makes putting in and taking out the cards just a little smoother.

Then I made a set of note cards.  I was looking for some “clean and simple” way to make cute notecards and that left out my USUAL method of dealing with the Stampotique images (Copic colouring) and making the Word Search printables gave me this idea.  It may need some refining, but I like them well enough the way they are to post them.

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A close-up may help you see better what is going on!

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The process is actually easier than you may think, and I will try to work thru it and capture the steps for you then add them tomorrow for WOYWW, as I have some other ideas for the technique and that is def. what will be on my W on W!


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Word Search Filler Cards for Project Life

Note: Jump forward to THIS post to see how I used this idea to make a set of note cards and info on how you can make your own custom Word Search grids for any use. There are also downloads of the grids I used as PDFs and PNGs. See a sample card at the bottom of this post!

I had the idea to make some filler cards based on the classic Word Search puzzles. highlighting journaling words.  It was actually easier than I expected, once I realized I needed a monospaced font so everything lined up as it should.  Just a single sheet PDF, with a mix of themes, two boy, two girl, one lovey-dovey. Hard to see but the letters are a medium grey, with the “search words” black, to highlight them a bit better

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I printed and cut them, more to show how the corner-rounding looks.  I could have filled the area more completely but I felt the rounding would cut into the letters and look a bit rubbish.

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With the exception of the first one, the highlight words are pretty tightly organized.  I think you could cut them out to use them as a smaller embellishment on a scrapbook page or even use them full size (or cut down) as  a card topper.  They are just a bit of fun, more a case of I had the idea and had to figure out how to do it, and do it easily, than because I had a burning desire for them to use myself.  But, as usual, once I’ve done the work and satisfied my curiosity, there is no reason NOT to throw let them loose into the wild.  If you like them, and find them useful, grab ’em.

Adding a card sample:

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