Saturday, 9 February 2019

Green and silver

The week's are flying by this year! Time for another 52 Christmas Card Throwdown card. This week Alison has a colour challenge for us.

I've seen two techniques recently I wanted to try with this one.

The first is mixing brushos and mica powder, then putting crumpled plastic bags over while they're still wet (the clingfilm technique but reusing old bags rather than new clingfilm).

 Here are the results - the green brushos have a lot of orange in them, bizarrely, and the top piece still has a lot of this so won't do for this challenge.

Here's the angle to really see the silver mica - this takes the plastic bag pattern really well.

The second technique uses the gel plate. I saw this on the Gelli Arts blog here.

I started with silver paint, and made some plain prints.

Next, I put green onto the gel plate - a mixture of shades. I cut a short length of craft rope, then split it into wisps, and laid them onto the plate.

I then put the silver prints back onto the gel plate to pull another print.

And viola! Marble patterns. Aren't they gorgeous?!? This is actually a technique where lots of colours would have been brilliant, with the remains of the old prints coming through on the new ones. But I have a colour challenge to work to! And had limited time. So I have that play session to look forward to!

To use the backgrounds, I pulled out a die I got a while ago from The Works then forgot! It is a bauble with a separate inner, which is the part I used here for an aperture.

I cut this out with the second largest of my faux stitched square dies. To add a bit of interest, I stamped with silver pigment ink and a small star cluster from Lavinia Stamp.

I used the largest square die to cut out the backgrounds, then mounted onto 6x6 card blanks.

The silver mica doesn't show in the photos on this card - it is there at the right angle!! And the green shades are pretty.

This card has more Christmassy green shades, the darker colour shows the marble threads better.

To join in with the challenge and see the great cards by my design team colleagues, please visit the 52CCT blog. You have until Friday 15th February to enter.


  1. Tes fonds sont toujours superbe Lucinda, magnifique union du vert et de l'argent, biz

  2. You always come up with great techniques. It's intriguing to see what colours appear out of brushos. Fab cards as ever. x

    1. Thanks. Brushos probably aren't the best for colour challenges, for this reason, but I do love them!!!


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