I often start something without a clear idea of the final outcome. I mean I have an IDEA, but not a vision of the final piece. I tend to riffle thru my stash and the debris on my desk and that leads me where the piece wants to go. Problem is I have a LOT of stuff, but I never seem to have EXACTLY what I see in my head. For example, I like embossed resist papers – I don’t own a single one. I love big swirls, but I’ve pretty much used up all the chipboard ones I’ve acquired over the years. When I think Oh that would work there… I am then too lazy or too engrossed in the process to stop, switch gears, and make something specifically for the piece I am working on. And my pockets are just not deep enough to buy everything I would like to have on hand.
Thinking about stuff I wish I had, I thought I would take a day and MAKE things that I know I will use, get them all ready to go and then when I think a lovely swirl will fill that space perfectly… I just grab it.
So I did two things. First I grabbed lots of plain white heavy cardstock. I stamped a bunch of border stamps and embossed them with white embossing powder. I made a couple of sheets, mixing up thin and fat borders.
Now, when I am layering up clusters of papers and embellishments, and I think a little embossed resist strip will add just the texture I want, I only have to grab the sheet, cut out one, spritz with a bit of ink to match….
then maybe stamp over it with some Distress ink. That whisks away from the embossing, and the strip is ready to tuck into a layered group.
For a selection of swirls and some die cut border pieces (if I want more texture) I went to my Cricut mini and Craft room. I figure as long as I am cutting, why not make a morning of it? LOL!
I set up the mat and went crazy.
I also did a mat of borders and one of banners. Then I thought to myself should I cut two of each to stick together, for a more chipboard-like piece? When I mist or ink or paint these they are going to droop and flop, even out of heavy heavy card. I had an idea. A bit like the acrylic medium technique for sealing things, I thought why not seal them with a coat of Gesso? It will give them a little more body and then they will be ready for adding to mixed media style things in my file folder book.
I brayered the Gesso on to the Gelli plate and laid on the piece – yes, I know the bigger plate would make more sense, but the small one was what was on my desk. Told you I was lazy….
Brayering over the back coated both sides. In the end I had a stack of them drying.
I didn’t waste the Gesso either. I pulled a print off the plate and used the spray inks on it. Cool.
I like the shadow effect where there is no Gesso. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it…
And I still have the waste from the cut-outs. They will surely work for stencils and the cardstock is thick enough they will work with modelling paste as well, at least a few times as they are in no way washable!
I know it’s a calculated risk, cutting and stamping a bunch of stuff that I might not use, but I feel that by thinking thru my style, and my process , I’ve identified those things I most often wish I had on hand. That makes it more likely I WILL actually use them. We shall see. I have plans for one of the swirls already and I’m interested in how the coating of gesso will affect it…
Oh and I forgot to mention…that doily sort of thing on the embossing sheet? That is actually a cup coaster!
It would have worked FAR better had I used a flat stamp mount (which it clung to perfectly) rather than the curved one that I grabbed cause it was on my desk (see? LAZY!) I’ve never gotten the hang of the darn thing and never get a good clean impression. I think I got a set of 4 of these for a couple of quid. It’s a little girlie for me, but it might work. I may cut out the centre circle with the dots around it as that would make a cute stamp too on it’s own. …