Thanks for a lovely Teaparty sweet Lisa girl. This week our cards are going to Irene in Canada, mum of our SCS Dockside aka Ann.
Irene is about to celebrate her 99th birthday. I figured with the postage problems this time of the year, I would create a 'hello" card instead of a belated birthday card.
Irene loves jigsaw puzzles, hence this design. I was rarely growled at as a little tacker, but I do remember getting into dreadful trouble when I cut up several jigsaw puzzle pieces to fit them in. One could argue that I was innovative - that's not how mum and dad saw it. Apparently Mikey Mouse must have 2 ears at all times!
This Gel Plate Impressionism technique reminds me of adapting puzzle pieces to fit. Lydia has a fun video tutorial in the MIX295 challenge. I modified it a wee bit.
The background is made with a gelli plate, copy paper, reinkers and acrylic paint. Once nice and dry, tear up the paper and adhere to cardstock. I used Crayola school glue, poured into a pot, then brushed it on the back of the pieces of torn paper with an el cheapo brush.
Working with copy paper on a gelli plate is great, it is cheap as chips and if you are not happy with the impression you haven't ruined a sheet of cardstock.
You need to be quick though, otherwise it's a bit like putting a magazine on a wet counter top - hours of trying to get those itty bits of paper off - well not exactly hours but you know what I mean.
You also need to be gentle when rubbing the paper, there is not need to pound it like you are flattening a chicken thigh!
The Sherri Baldy - My Besties image is coloured with Distress Inks and an aqua brush, then darker highlights were made with Copic marker.
Thanks very much for looking and an especially big thank you to Teapot TEAm who bring our teaparty requests to life each week. Thank you so much Jacqueline, Sabrina, Polly, Pat, Snietje, Lisa and Jean.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 GMT Views: 843
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Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 10:24 PM
Oh Susie....I agree with Sis Vicki...every time I see one of your creations I go wow, or oooohhh and dribble and in my faves it goes. I love how you did this...I'm such a messy creator and tearing up and sticking is my type of thing LOL...and what a beauty you have created. And that image....love, love love....she brought a big smile to my face and I am sure that Ann's mum will also love it. TFS my friend from over East. Happy Wednesday (I can say this as I know it is for you too)
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 118712
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 11:19 PM
How totally delightful and enchanting. No notification email so I wasn't sure what to expect in advance. Wonderful background, I just wish I could find an easier way of applying glue to scraps. Applying it to the base layer doesn't work because of all the overlapping, and I just seem to get stickier and stickier before I get to the end. It gives a lovely vintage look...and I loved your story about the jigsaw puzzle! You perfectly picked up the colours in your enchanting teaparty-perfect image.
Registered: April 6, 2009 Location: Weyers Cave, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley Posts: 24985
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 4:07 AM
Now this is quite a unique image, Susie. A little gal enjoying her tea inside a teacup while donning a most beautiful, yet not true to size, bonnet! That's what makes this card so fun and whimsical, and your bg, well, it sounds like you spent some valued time creating it, and how lovely it is~
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Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 42771
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 5:42 AM
That puzzle bg is the best! WOW..thanks for the gelli tips....and who doesn't love getting messy! Your girl in the teacup is so sweet....she is sure to make Irene smile
And hey thanks for the shout out!
Registered: January 20, 2010 Location: Brampton, Ontario Posts: 22240
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 6:22 AM
Oh my Susie! What a splendid and thoughtful card for my MIL. She will get a kick out of the way you put it together and your jigsaw story. If it gets here a little slowly all the better to brighten the later part of January. Thank you so much for thinking of Irene!
Registered: December 30, 2017 Location: arizona Posts: 746
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 7:03 AM
This is super fun image and put together with so much thought for the person, knowing she will love it makes all the effort so much more enjoyable! i have never done this technique, but i LOVE the finished product and someday maybe i will jump in and try it, too. : ) Have a great day! Teresa
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