Stamp-thru on a Gelli print

I have some stuff I need to do so I just thought I would add this thing I’ve been playing with – limited success, until I approached it logically LOL!

I used a stencil over a Gelli print, and stippled the black thru it, but there is no reason you can’t do the same thing when you have used a stencil to PULL a print.


Once I had the black in place and it was DRY, I used my homemade white acrylic ink stamp pad (I had to slightly refresh it with a bit more ink last week, but it is still working well) to stamp text thru the stencil so it only appeared on the black.



My problem was that the clear stamp was very fine, and although it sort of worked on my home-cut stencil, the raised text might not be deep enough to work with a commercial (thicker) stencil.



Some areas worked better than others.

So I thought how I might solve that – it’s a trade-off really.  The thin text looks better on the thin lines of this stencil, but the thicker foam stamps give a much bolder impression.



But with the bigger letters you lose the detail to the point you can’t tell they are letters.

So the solution is to use a stencil that has a much bigger area.  Shame I used the wrong stamp, the one with the letters reversed to use on the Gelli plate to remove paint.


With that much black, even the clear stamp showed up well. As I’d messed up the stamping already I figured I might as well give it a go over LOL!  I may still find a use for it, but even if  don’t it was worth having a go.



I def. like the effect so will be playing around with this a bit more, I’m sure!



Still in a printable mood ….

I’m still looking back at printable sets I had played about with in the past – I hate having unfinished project lurking. So I tweaked these a bit to make two sets – one is quite bright and punchy and the other is more mellow.  Hopefully you’ll find a use for them.



Now, I have a date with a huge pile 0′ laundry….

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Changing colours of Printables to match PL collections

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while but I knew it would be long and perhaps of interest to only a few people who are not happy to just use printables as they are.  For most people just finding and printing a set is technological enough!But for those who are happy to take a few more steps to post-process a download, this may increase the usefulness of all those printables they have collected.

There are three ways that I use – there are likely to be more, but as I am using PSE (not full Photoshop) and my own printables are available as PDFs because that seems to be what most people are comfortable with, that is where I am focusing.

For all the methods, the first step is to open the page of the PDF you want to work on.

1. Open the PDF with Photoshop Elements.  If the PDF is multiple pages you will have to pick one to work on.  When done you can then open again and pick another.  I am using my most recent printables as the sample.


NOTE:  If you want to make sure the original stays as it is, be sure to DUPLICATE the file and work on the copy.  If you forget to do this, don’t worry – at the END of your colour-tweaking, just be sure to SAVE AS and give it a new file name.


Method 1: Simple Hue and Saturation adjustment

WORKS WITH: either COLOURED or B&W images.  The hue options will be slightly different, depending, so you might find it hard to get an exact colour using the sliders.

This is the easiest, but it does take a little prep (selecting areas) and tweaking.  It’s best if you just want a broad colour change and not a very specific colour, but it does let your use sliders ti see a range of options quickly and easily.

2. Click ENHANCE > ADJUST COLOUR > Adjust Hue/Saturation

3.  Using the Magic Wand, select the area you want to change.  I generally find that a Tolerance of 40 works pretty well.


4.  Tick COLORIZE and using the sliders watch the colours change.  You can use the HUE slider to get the general colour, then the Saturation and Light sliders to tweak it to get the shade you want.


Depending on the printable, you may need to select multiple areas.  Above I’ve selected the BACKGROUND area then changed it.  DESELECT the selection then select a new area.  Here, with a tolerance of 40, I was easily able to select the sketchy lines and change the colour of that.


Here is a look at a sample using the SELECTION tool method



You can see I changed the background to one colour and the sketchy lines to a completely different colour.

If you DON’T use a selection tool, the problem with this method is it will change ALL the colours – so in this case the pale blue, the pale pink, the bright blue and pink, AND the white.  You cannot tweak one colour, they will all change to the same HUE but in different proportions, depending on the original colour.


Once you are happy with it be sure to SAVE (if you duplicated the original) or use SAVE AS and give it a new name if you’ve been working on the original.


Method 2: Colour Variations

WORKS WITH: either COLOURED or B&W images.  The hue options will be slightly different, depending, so you might find it hard to get an exact colour using the sliders.

This is a quick and not very precise option.  After selecting the areas to change:

2. Click ENHANCE > ADJUST COLOR > Color Variations.  You will see a box that shows variations on the colours.


2. The main screen isn’t very helpful but if you take the ADJUST COLOR INTENSITY slider right to the top you can see that the preview buttons show a much wider range of variations.  And by clicking MIDTONES, SHADOWS, and HIGHLIGHTS you will see even greater variation.

I find this most useful if I want a slightly different shade of the existing colour – while you CAN completely change a colour (as I did, from the blue to the green above) it doesn’t allow you to get a really precise shade.

3. Again, SAVE AS if not working on a duplicate image.


Method 3: Replace Color

WORKS WITH: COLOURED  images only. With B&W images the only changes will be to the intensity of the “colour.”

REPLACE COLOR doesn’t work like you think it will.  It doesn’t REPLACE one colour with another – or at least I can’t seem to make it do what I WANT it to do.  You need to start with a COLOUR image, not a B&W one.  After selecting the areas to change:

2. Click ENHANCE > ADJUST COLOR > Replace Color


You will see a box.  Using the first eyedropper select the colour to change. With an area selected with the Magic Wand ONLY THAT AREA OF COLOUR WILL BE CHANGED.  So if you want ONE of the printables on a page to be changed use the Magic Wand.

3. Using the sliders, scroll thru the variations.  I find adjusting the HUE first, then tweaking the basic color with the Saturation and Lightness sliders works best.  You may disagree….

If you want to change a colour on a whole page, this will change ALL the areas with that colour if you don’t select with the Magic Wand.  So in the case of the Blue and Pink pages, selecting the pale blue with the eyedropper will mean all the pale blue areas will be changed.  This can be really helpful if there are lots of small areas in a single colour and you don’t want to select every one of them. Can you see it is showing ALL the areas of pale blue in the middle box?


Once you start using the sliders you will see all those areas are changing at the same time.

Now, reading the HELP pages it would SEEM to say that if you click on the RESULT box to bring up the Color Picker tool you can PICK the exact colour you want.  I cannot for the life of me make that happen.  what SEEMS to happen is the original colour is replaced with a mixture of that colour and the one you’ve picked.  I hope this shows that.


Can you see that bright purple?  See the dusty purple colour of the printable? It sure looks like a blending to me.

4. Again, SAVE AS if not working on a duplicate image.


Method 4: the trusty Paint Bucket

WORKS WITH: either COLOURED or B&W images.  Yu can get a very specific colour change with this method

This is perhaps the most time-consuming method, but also the most specific.  Let’s say you really like my sketchy speech bubbles but you just got the Coral edition of Project Life cards and really want things to match a bit better.  My colour choices disappoint you.

2. After you have opened up your PDF, and selected the area to change, go off to the web and find a good image of the collection you want to match.  Ideally the biggest, highest quality image you can find, but a small one will work OK.  You may not make the colours match PRECISELY, but you will still be able to get them close enough that the printables will look good next to the proper versions.


3.  Open the Colour Picker.  You can either click on the Foreground/Background icon or click the eyedropper.  Using the eyedropper, pick the colour you want to fill your selection with from the sample image.


Here you can see I picked the orange.  Bear in mind a low-quality image is pixels of colour – you may need to click around on various areas of the colour to get one you like.  ZOOM IN, and you can use the eyedropper on a pixel  of true colour rather than getting a blending or shading pixel.

4.  Use the Paint Bucket to fill the selection with your colour. Here you will see I selected ALL the background areas and the olive-green. You can EITHER just apply the paint bucket to each area, one at a time OR you can fill all the selected areas at once by clicking EDIT > FILL SELECTION then picking Foreground  Color (that you already set to match PL sample) from the drop-down menu.



And you would get ALL the areas selected filled at once.


5. Again, SAVE AS if not working on a duplicate image.

Well, that was long.  Hopefully ONE of these methods will suit you – or perhaps they all will at different times.

If you know another useful method to change colours of PDF printables, comment.


Speech Bubbles printables for Project Life

Just a quick one today – been a while since I did a set of printables and these have been languishing in my folder of potential sets so I thought I would just add them for you.

Three page PDF – one set of pink and blue, one set of coloured ones and a set of B&W ones.  Hopefully you will find a use for them!



A Valentine star book

DH look away now!

I have a tendency to get a bit OTT with Valentines.  I am not overly sentimental, but I seem to become more so today.  Something to do with it being the anniversary of DH asking me to marry him?  Perhaps.

Anyway, being in a star-book mood, due to the challenge, I thought to myself that it would be fun to make another one instead of just a Valentines day card. clearly I also have the bad habit of waiting till the last minute….

I love this poem.  It’s romantic, but not in an overly sentimental and squishy way.  Here is the cover:













and a shot from above…



Happy Valentine’s Day!


Lucky, lucky me

Not really.  LOL!  I’m not a person who thinks of themselves as “lucky” – we’ve had too many bad things happen over the years.  But when a bookbinding group I’m part of set a challenge to make a star book with the theme of LUCK I decided to have a go.

The title comes from a song by the Hank Dogs, Lucky Break. I do so love their harmonies and easy, folky sound. Oh and yes, the YOUR slipped a bit but it’s straight now!



The background is a Gelli print that I made ages ago but had no immediate use for.  The shamrock is ringed by some old (and I do mean OLD) glass/mirror mosaic tiles.  They don’t photo well due to the reflection but love how they work in real life.





The usual star book construction.  Opened out it forms the star shape – but functions as a flat, flip-able book if you prefer:


The footprint is pretty big, as the pages are 6 x 6 for the largest layer. Each black page has two shamrocks cut out (you may have spied them to the side of my WOYWW desk) and I just set up the file in SCAL and cut them all in about 10 minutes. They are all stamped and heat embossed in black with a swirly sort of pattern and the cut outs are backed with Gelli prints on vellum.  The middle layer of pages is white, with s checkerboard just at the top edge – I wanted the white behind the vellum to enhance the prints.



The top edge of the back most pages have a punched border for some additional interest



Maybe you can just see one of the mirror tiles highlighting the word LUCK in each of the quotes.







I dithered about outlining the shamrock (either inside the cut-out or just outside the black) with white pen and I may still do that. Problem is outside it, which I think I would prefer, will have to go over the embossing, which might be a bit tricky.

I was a bit lucky yesterday when DH surprised me with a lovely long lunch out – part Valentine’s day (as we have other commitments on the day) and part celebration of the final wrap-up of a year-long battle we have had with a poorly performing professional that ended up causing us untold stress and expense.  It was a total surprise and much enjoyed.  AND he agreed to watch a movie with me – very unusual, especially since, as he is quick to point out, he loves music, and he loves documentaries, but HATES music documentaries.   We watched  Muscle Shoals – about the recording studio in Alabama.  Too many talking heads and not enough music for his liking but I enjoyed it.  All in all a lovely day, even if it delayed my WOYWW visits.

The Gogozombie font?  Well, not entirely sure what the deal is, but I did find that if I type in all upper case the Os print fine with no need to create a .jpg to make them visible.  Still can’t quite work out why  can SEE them but they won’t PRINT in lower case and it isn’t just Intaglio – Text Edit does the same thing!  The left is the lower case version followed by the upper case and you can see on the right how it prints.



So anyone care to give it a go in some Microsoft software?  I’d be interested!



It’s WOYWW Day! Always a highlight of my week – I just love all the inspiration.

Not sure how inspirational my OWN desk is, mostly it’s just the usual mess.  I am in the midst of a project for  a challenge that I may just be able to finish up today.



The only thing that needs explaining is the curled up bit of a Gelli print – it’s vellum, you see, and something about the acrylic paint changes the surface tension to the point it rolls itself up into a tube.  No matter, it’s easy enough to sort out, once you get past the wet phase.  Lots of green – I wonder why……

I am also struggling with something on my desktop – the computer one.  I found a font I am quite fond of but for some unknown reason, whether it’s the font or the program I use to compose, I’m not sure, but it refuses to print the o’s –  funnily I can save it as a .jpg and they print but as a PDF, they are missing.  Bizarre.  See? here’s the .jpg:



But the PDF:



Once I figure that out, I’m off for a hop first thing in the morning.  Looking forward to seeing what you are up to….



More Gelli stamping

I wanted to play a bit more with the Gelli-as-stamp idea and as they have a challenge giveaway at Gelli Arts I thought why not?

Most of the background had other methods of applying paint, but when it came to adding the key image, well that had to be the Gelli-as-stamp.



The background is A4 in size, so fits neither the 8×10 plate or the 6×6 one perfectly.  For easy of use and the size of the image I wanted to add I used the 6×6.

I stuck the plate to a large acrylic plate (yep.  Found ’em)


I mixed a bit of glaze medium with the paint first, to increase the open time.


Rolled it onto the plate and created the detail of the print on it.



As I mentioned yesterday, I feel the paint removal techniques are where this technique really comes in to its own. Now with the mask removed all I had on the plate was my heart.



I hovered over the plate, deciding exactly where it looked best.  It wasn’t exactly where I first thought, so this helped me place it better.



I did a second heart, darker purple, and again, I was able to put it right where it needed to be without trying to peep under the paper, had I done it the usual way.



The glaze medium left the hearts semi-sheer but for the last one I wanted it to be more opaque.  It was fine, as I knew exactly where I wanted it to go so I could stamp it pretty quickly.  I rolled on some liquid paint and added the mask, then bounced a metal ruler (not TOO hard) over it.

8heartgelliLooks ok but when I stamped it…



then checked out the print, OMG!  Such a simple thing but I do love the effect, esp. of the purples showing thru.



I did a few more things to it, but maybe stopping here might have been better. Anyway here is thew whole thing.



All a bit chaotic but certainly colourful.

I also think that the Gelli-stamp idea is a good one to be able to print on a larger sheet.  I can see using the plate as a stamp on a LARGE sheet of paper, but not overlapping and printing random (square or rectangular) areas, but doing more intentional printing.  I do know I’ll do it again.  Might even try the larger plate just to see what happens.




Gelli plate as …. stamp?

This is another one of those odd things where initially I think Genius idea! but then start to question myself – is this really the easiest way to do things?  What makes it different to how you would normally do it and does it bring something new or not?

Not sure I have an answer, but I had to have a go.  And since I still have a foot tall pile o’ papers to sort thru and organize (from yesterday – no, I didn’t finish. Double Poo) it’s unlikely I’ll get more than the quick try I did earlier to illustrate.

Right.  So I did a background – that was simple enough, using the Cosmic Shimmer (but not shimmery) acrylic ink sprays.  I had a go mixing them on the palette with a bit of glazing medium and rolling that on to the Gelli to pull, and liked it, as it has a nice sheer quality to it.  So then I was thinking I wanted to add some stencil text, but I wanted it to be perfectly placed.  I thought I could just stencil onto the piece, but what I wanted to try was adding other text INSIDE the stencil areas, and that seemed easiest by using the plate.  I did make a placement tool, and it works, but sometimes I get the whole need to reverse things muddled up and when I think something will appear say top right, it ends up top left cause I have not  focused.

So I thought to myself The Gelli Plate is clear – you can see thru it. Hum. Now SOMEWHERE in my office I have a large piece of acrylic a mate cut for me for a totally unrelated purpose.  THAT was what I wanted to find – I will find it, but not today.  What I did find was my old CM circle cutter glass mat.  While the acrylic blocks are 9 x 11 (so totally usable with the larger plate, then glass mat is about 8 x 8 so only useful for the 6 x 6 plate.

I simply stuck the Gelli plate to the glass mat. I laid on the stencil and rolled over the paint, then stamped into it to take some away, giving me the text within text look I was after.


I already know a better stamp for this, but that’ll have to wait for the next playtime.  But you can sort of see the effect.


So that is what is on my plate.  A little glaze medium added to the heavy-bodied paint to let it stay open a bit longer, and this is important.  Why? When I started, my only goal was perfect placement of the text.  But when I was holding the Gelli plate upside down over the background, and getting ready to stamp it down onto where I thought I wanted it to go, I realized I could move the plate over the pice, looking down thru it, and make some more conscious decisions about exactly where I wanted it to be.  The paint needs to stay open long enough for you to dither….


As you can see the old glass mat has a lot of cuts in it, so I didn’t let the Gelli plate hang about on top of it.  But so long as you don’t leave the Gelli on  a scarred glass mat it should be fine for a session – a day and you will find the marks in the glass have transferred to your plate.


Where I think this way of using the plate is helpful is if you don’t want the SURPRISE! element with your printing.  I agree that pulling a print when you have an idea of how it might look, but no certainty, is fun but the flip side of that is sometimes I pull off the print and go OH NO! cause I messed it up.  And some techniques on the plate are not as easy to do another way.  Sure, like I said, you can always lay on the stencil and ink or paint thru it, but the taking AWAY paint is harder.  So if you wanted to say mask off a big circle, then add a stencil and brayer over the stencil to remove the paint, than add some marks THEN print all that onto the background maybe inside a circle you had already pulled on the background, I don’t know how I would do that without using the Gelli plate!

I like the idea of creating my little composition on the plate then turning it over, looking THRU the plate to the background and knowing when I stamp it down I will get exactly what I want where I .

Sorry the photos aren’t more informative, and I am wordy, as ever, but I hope it gives you some ideas for play.  SOMEONE should be having fun today cause it sure isn’t me.  I should have taken another photo of the appropriate mug to sum up two days of boring paperwork, but I’ll settle for adding it a different way


I should be cropping….

…but unfortunately I have a date with a massive pile of paperwork instead.  This month both my crops fell today and as it turns out I can’t make either of them now.  Poo.

But I did want to quickly add this little play-time sample.  I was so intrigued by the ALL pencils, and love that you can add them over acrylic paint and they mix with water over the surface.  So I just did a pretty basic Gelli print with some bubble wrap and a stencil then added first the white pencil (activated with a wet brush)





then some black pencil for shadows



and a bit of paint thru a stencil and some stamping with lids and white paint, and some more black pencil



I love the painterly effect!



The pull is on black cardstock for a change.  I’ve done it before with metallic paint but not played too much with the standard acrylics.  I kinda wish I had done it right in my journal – or at least in my experimental play-time journal,  but at least I know I can add it by sticking it to a page, cause that’s worked before.

Now, DH ordered me a mug.  I think he thinks the fact I am  blogging  (and occasionally people actually read it) is…amusing.  And he thought this oe was a good match for me:



Hard to read as the text curves right around, but it says Be careful, or you’ll end up on my blog. It’s a little small, to be honest, but I have to use it, now don’t I? I do like a BIG mug. He ordered a few of them and this one is probably my next favourite:



Pretty much sums up how I feel about sorting papers…Now I just have to stop my brain from drifting into crafty mode and focus.  Easier said that done….

Hope your Saturday is more creative than mine is destined to be. Again, I say POO.