9 January 2019

Inspired By for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge. It's Cec's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Inspired By'. Cec says "I don't have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Here's the finished project I created after being inspired by video tutorials from the amazing Kate Crane showing how she makes grungy backgrounds using the Gel Press plate. You can find them HERE along with many more fantastic tutorials to help you get the best from your Gel Press plate.


Having been lucky enough to have a Gel Press plate for a while I must confess to only having used it a couple of times, not necessarily with the best of results. Cec's challenge theme gave the impetus for getting to grips with it so I watched several of Kate's tutorials to take on board all the tips and techniques she shares. Here are the supplies I gathered together when the time came to give it another go; you'll see a small range of Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints, Tim Holtz Distress Damask stamp set, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, some smooth surface paper, a brayer and of course a Gel Press plate.


I followed Kate's method, brayering paint onto the plate, removing some of the paint with the stamps, then repeating the process until it was time to take a print. Each time a little of the paint remained on the Gel Press plate in patches. Rather than clean the plate each time I worked over it so those remnants would add to the next print and by sticking to the same limited coordinating colour palette in different combinations I got the following prints;




The printed piece far left in the photo above is the one I chose to cover the Etcetera Tag with. To allow the background to remain the dominant part I layered a colour co-ordinating Tim Holtz Baseboard and pieces of Ephemera behind a Baseboard Frame covered in Emerald Creek's Charred Gold Embossing Powder. As it melted under the heat gun an antiqued bronze filigree triangle corner was dropped into the molten powder to set in place. The paper left over after covering the tag was stuck to a piece of kraft card before being die cut with Tim Holtz Funky Foliage. Arranged amongst this foliage were some Bouquet Findings flowers coloured with a little Lemonade Alcohol Ink and some Quote Chips provided the finishing touch.



That's it for my 'Inspired Byproject for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage entries that have been Inspired By to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

28 comments:

  1. I literally gasped. This is so, so gorgeous. Now I want a gel plate. LOL Honestly, your eye for color thrills me. This combination is so harmonious and pleasing to look at...and then there's that lovely little pop of gold from the buttercups posies. Wondrous layering, gorgeous details and just fabulous in every way. I do love what you do, Jenny Marples!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Kathy, that's so very kind. I'm sure you'd have so much fun with a gel plate xx

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  2. Gorgeous Jenny, the colours are fabulous and everything works so beautifully together. Love . Tracy ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Tracy. I'm so glad you like it and thank you for your kind comment xx

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  3. Your tag is absolutely stunning Jenny!! Such a fabulous background and I love the layered embellishments. Thank you so much for the link to Kate's videos. I have a Gel plate but have never used as I was never really sure of the process but, after watching one of her videos, I am definitely going to give this a go. hugs x

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret. I'm thrilled you are feeling inspired to give your Gel plate a go and am sure you'll learn loads from Kate's videos and all the tutorials on the channel just as I'm still doing xx

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  4. Oh, my Lord, Jenny! This decorated tag is breath taking! Your colors are lovely and the gel plate backgrounds are stunning! I love the embossed baseboard frame with the metal embellishment embedded in it. My favorite bit is how you made your monochromatic foliage cluster with the bold pops of yellow; couldn't be more beautiful! I appreciate the link to the videos, because I too have had a gel plate sitting yet unused. This may just be the nudge I need to crack it open! Sending biggest wishes for a wonderful 2019!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your kind comments Sara. I'm thrilled you are hopefully going to break open your gel plate to give it a go and am sure you'll find the videos very inspiring and with so many helpful hints, tips and techniques xx

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  5. All I can say about the gel press results - ooh-la-la. They look like silk brocade and make a wonderful background for your beautifully embellished tag. You sure are working that Funky Foliage die set and each time you use it, something new and wonderful appears so I guess you have enabled and I need that set myself.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments Cec. I'm so glad you like the way the Funky Foliage die set has been used on this tag xx

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  6. Washed silk, aged brocade. You’re a master (mistress?) of transformation, Jenny. Thanks for the stunning piece and links to your methods. I aspire...

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous backgrounds using your gelli plate Jenny x Love the funky florals arrangement too xx Cheers for the link as I too have a gelli plate hardly used !!!

    TFS and hugs
    Annie xx

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    1. Thank you so much Annie. I'm sure you'll find Kate's fabulous tutorials really inspiring and helpful for getting great results from your gelli plate xx

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  8. This is gorgeous 💛 I fell out with my gelli plate long ago but you've inspired me to watch Kate's videos and try again 😊 xx

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you feel inspired to watch Kate's videos and play with your gelli plate again. She explains everything so well to help get good results xx

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  9. So yummy with all those colors - the texture is great & some how you always to put all of this together in an amazing tag Jenny. I guess it's time to get out that gel plate! Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity.

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    1. Thank you so much Robin. I really appreciate your kind comments and am so glad you feel inspired to get your gel plate out to play xx

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  10. This background is simply stunning! I am off to check it out. I am loving that collection of background papers and all the layering on your tag.
    Kate

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  11. A beautiful background and stunning finished card my friend, love it. Happy New Year to you and your family, may it be full of everything you wish for yourself. <3 xxx

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  12. Fabulous Tag I love it, love the layers and the colours you have used. I have had my Geli Plate a long while and played with a lot but sadly it has been unplayed with for a too long. I am inspired to try again and will try the link to Kate’s video to start me off again. Thank you for sharing I may be back for the challenge..........

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  13. Gorgeous tag, Jenny! The color, layers, and layout are magnificent! I don't have a gel plate yet but may have to step into print making....

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  14. The tag is beautiful! The backgrounds look like a row of beautiful vintage wallpapers that have aged and are available to use for pasting! Wonderfully inspiration here!

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  15. Fabulous as always Jenny. You are such a source of inspiration to me. I just might have to have a go at gel plates now!

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  16. This really is a thing of beauty Jenny each and every element used is an inspiration to us all. Amazing creation, Thank you for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

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  17. An absolutely STUNNING piece Jenny and a firm new favourite!! Your gel prints looked incredible already (you have totally inspired me to dig mine out and dust it off). I adore the way you have finished it too, so clever to use the leftover paper for the flowers to make it all blend in together. I am in love with this tag and it shall be pinned!
    Happy Sunday!xxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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