Hello Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving Week! I decided to start off the week with a playful little card full of color and creativeness. I have been playing with acrylic paints and Distress Inks on my Gelli Plate, trying out the transfer tape technique.
The basis of this technique is that you put down color on your plate, letting it dry between layers. The layers are built from the background toward you, because what you see is what you end up with.
When all of the layers are dry and you are pleased with how it looks, you adhere your packing tape to the top burnishing it down to the paint layer. You then lift the tape, the paint sticks to the tacky side and that is what you create with on your cards, canvases, and art journals.
When your paint layers are dry on your Gelli plate you can also stamp on top with Archival Ink (permanent) and rubber stamps. If you look closely at my tape strip, you can see where I stamped a musical stamp, and a Hero Arts Flower before applying and lifting the packing tape. It is so much fun, yet time consuming, when you have to let all the layers dry before proceeding to the next step.
I also stamped a Frida stamp from Paper Wings Productions and colored her with Pitt Pen markers from Faber-Castell. After fussy cutting around the image, I spattered some Distressed Ink on the card to give it a little dimension behind where I was placing the stamped image. I finished off the card with a sentiment strip created with lettering from the Everyday Compliments die from Die-versions.
Of course, the artist, Frida Kahlo was known for her bright colors she used in her artwork, so it was only fitting to use her image on my card with the bright colors transferred with my packing tape. There are several videos on YouTube that describe the Transfer Tape technique using the Gelli Plate.
If you have several hours to waste, (ha ha!) check them out, and have a great day!