Distress Oxides & Gelli Printing Plates

I’m sure by now most of you have heard about (if not not bought and experimented with) the NEW Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.  If you haven’t used them yet, you’re missing out! They are wonderful cross between pigment and dye ink that reacts with water to create fun effects!

Today I want to show you the fun way I created backgrounds using a few of them along with the Gelli Printing Plate. The printing plate is a fun way to create monoprints and can be used with all kinds of things….bubble wrap, leaves, foam stamps, stencils to name a few.  Let’s get started….

100_7131-horzFirst up: Gather your supplies: Stencils, Distress Oxides, Gelli Printing Plate, something to add texture (I chose bubble wrap)

oxideStep One: Ink up your Gelli Printing Plate with Distress Oxide

Step Two: Spritz With Water

Step Three: Lay Bubble Wrap over plate and press lightly

Step Four: Remove Bubble wrap and press a piece of clean cardstock into the Gelli Plate

Step Five: So as not to waste your ink — lightly Press  a second piece of clean cardstock into the bubble wrap

Optional: Use a Stencil (or some other item) instead of the bubble wrap

Here are some of the fun background I created using the above techniques. One of the exciting things about the new Distress Oxides is that you can use them on dark colored paper as well!!

100_6903-horzHere are a couple cards I created with my fun new backgrounds.

100_6927To create this card I selected one of the backgrounds above (made with Broken China Distress Oxide, a Gelli Printing plate, and bubble wrap) and splashed a few drops of Cracked Pistachio reinker (mixed with water) over it.  I ran my Tonic Studios paper distresser along the edges and glued it to the front of a white card front. Next I stamped and image from the Dina Wakely Little Birdies Set (from Ranger) in Black Soot Distress Ink. To color my birds I used prismacolor pencils on the beaks, feet, and branch. Then I  mixed Broken China Distress Oxide and Cracked Pistachio reinker with water on my desk and painted over the image with a very thin paintbrush. 

After matting my birds on black cardstock I attached them to the card with a die cut from Hello Doily (Sizzix Thinlits) behind them. The sentiment in the upper corner also comes from that set. A few Candi Dots (Nightingale Square) and a pretty piece of Petaloo lace complete the front of this card.

100_6928Inside my card I used a piece of the black cardstock matted on a piece of white cardstock that I used to “mop up” the inks on my desk after I finished painting the birds.  The sentiment comes from the All Things Are Possible stamp set (Heartfelt Creations) and is colored with prismacolor pencils and matted on a scalloped circle die cut from Spellbinders.

100_6958For my second card, I inked up a the Lace Stencil from Tim Holtz in Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and spritzed it with water before laying my paper on it to pick up the print. I then dripped a couple drops of Vintage Photo Distress oxide re-inker on my desk, added a bit of water, used a paintbrush to splatter some across my lace panel. I used my  Tonic Studios paper distresser along the edges and layered it on a piece of Kraft cardstock embossed with the Victoria embossing folder (Cuttlebug). (I used the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of my embossed card front.) Across the bottom I placed a gorgeous piece of Petaloo lace before adding my die cut (Label Four – Spellbinders) sentiment ( All Things Are Possible stamp setHeartfelt Creations). A few pretty Petaloo blooms complete the front of this card.

100_6959Inside I added a sentiment from Wordsworth in Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink, a strip of die cut lace (Hello Doily —Sizzix Thinlits ), and one more tiny Petaloo bloom.

I’d love to see how you use the NEW Distress Oxides or the Gelli printing plate so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up you projects that use products that Cropstop carries! One lucky winner will receive a prize from the Cropstop store and a chance to guest design here on the blog!








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4 Responses to Distress Oxides & Gelli Printing Plates

  1. Greta H says:

    Wow–beautiful results, Esther! I would love to have the inks for use on dark paper–love the look! Hoping they’ll come out with mini pads one day. Thanks for the tutorial–gotta open my Gelli plate that’s been in my stash for several years–you’ve inspired me!

  2. Abby says:

    Esther, I am continually amazed at the beautiful cards you make, and your knack for techniques. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. You’ve given me some good ideas.

  3. Thank you for showing these techniques. I forget to use my stencils and Gelli plate but love when I get great results for my background. It really does seem to me that a background is what sets the tone for a card a lot of the time! Also, that Heartfelt stamp set is so great. Never heard of the company but I love their sentiments!!!

  4. I have never used a gelli plate myself, I love the one that you used the burlap looking stencil on it!!

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