Thursday, September 12, 2013

I Love Butterflies

Ever since I can remember I have had a  love affair with butterflies. My first garden as a child consisted of wildflowers I  had planted to encourage the butterflies to come and visit. So Sunday when I decided to play with my gelatin plate some more it shouldn't surprise you that I decided to use one of my butterfly stamps during my play. Here is a card and envelope I transformed from a plain Jane into something elegant. I still have the inside to do on both the card and the envelope.
The background was printed on a piece of erasable typewriting paper. I'm not even sure they still make it. I had placed it on the plate to clean the plate after pulling prints and loved how nice the print turned out that I kept it to use. Originally I was going to use a print I did on copy paper.

The frame was cut out of a piece of blue typewriting paper that I found when packing up things for moving on a top shelf. It is left over from a few decades back when I was job hunting. I used the inner part of the frame to emboss the "Thinking" of You on. I wanted to emboss the sentiment and not the whole folder. My paper kept moving on me while I was embossing. I had just a little bit left and so I taped it on the folder with painter tape. I used a sharpie around the letters. Then took the darker color and went over the raised letters. My Sharpie ended up being a different color from the cap for the raised letters. Don't know if the wrong cap got put on it or what. Still I like the way they turned out because I think the letters pop now.

The butterfly was my first print of the day done on the erasable typing paper. I think the print ended up with a bunch of white blotches because the paint was too thick. I decided instead of throwing out the print to go ahead and see what happened when I cut it out in a shape. The erasable typing paper cuts like a dream. The tips of the antennae didn't cut all the way out but with this file that has been a problem every time I use it. One of these days I'll go in and edit the nodes. I found my gems so added a couple of gems.

I decided to see if I could do an envelope on my gelatin plate. I did layering with paint and with different things. The paint ended up being thick which gave the envelope a nice textured look. Instead of using the butterfly stamp on the plate this time I stamped directly in the wet paint. I found it works best if the envelope is taken apart.

So there you have creations using my prints. Notice that I used blue for a change instead of my signature purple. LOL!

Have you tried playing with a gelatin plate yet? Do you have a color that you find yourself using a lot?

I have some ideas for future projects including figuring out how to make a "Magic" card which my friend Alice sent me the link to the video for. I also have watched some videos for printing with the gelatin plate and have some techniques I want to play with. Since the weather is hot again this is a good time to play.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Myoriah
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Love the envelope. Your play time has created some lovely work. I so often end up using blue but I am going to branch out. I have never used gelli except when I was a kid at school.
    I love blue but I am beginning to like purple a whole lot too. :)

  2. Another wonderful creation. You're in love with your gelli plate, aren't you? Your work is always so fun to see.

  3. Hello Myoriah. I have missed reading all my blog subscriptions, yours definitely! Love your butterfly. I have been out of the blogging world for some time....long enough to lose posting rights on my own blog! But, I am beginning again and would love to have you follow.


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