Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Mechanics Of It (A Card) by Lynne Moncrieff


This week I used the Gelli Arts Plate for the first time. The background for the card was the second print I made, the first is very pretty and feminine and has been saved for use at a later date. It hasn’t translated in the photographs, the background shimmers with the inclusion of the metallic paints.

Oxford Impressions:- Steampunk Elements and Steampunk Works
EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic Paints:- Aged Gold, Bronze, Green Patina
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Sage and Irish Cream
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
5” x 5” Card Base
Extras:- Shipping Tag, Stained Gauze, Lace
Extras for Gelli Print:- Wide Lace, Open Weave Burlap Ribbon, Gauze




·       Fresco Finish and lace make up the first layer. For the next two layers I didn’t fully cover the plate with paint, only applying in sections. EcoGreen Crafts Acrylics were applied and laying down the open weave burlap ribbon, pulling this print and then laying down some more acrylics with the gauze for the final layer of texture. The white spaces on the background were achieved by the pattern in the lace I used.



·       Cogs and wheels, Steampunk and Industrial (Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works and Steampunk Elements) were stamped with StazOn Timber Brown. This was adhered to the card base.


·       Antique Linen Distress Stain was applied to white cardstock (use scraps). The bird, key and top hat were stamped with StazOn, cut out, inking edges with Distress Ink and Glossy Accents applied to key and top hat.

·       I had a coffee stained tag to which I applied more colour by cleaning my brayer from the Gelli Print session. The bottom edge was torn off. I stamped the numbers table from Steampunk Works and stapled with stained gauze to the tag. To the tag I added dots of Aged Gold acrylic. Then the bird, key and top hat were assembled and added to the tag.

·       Onto another coffee stained tag, I stamped the quote, distressed the edges with scissors (safer to use a Distressing Tool!) and StazOn. I then adhered with Glossy Accents, a piece of mica.  


·       Vintage Photo Distress Ink was rubbed onto lace. This embellishes the tag and quote.


·       Finally, assemble the quote and tag to the card base and ink the edges of the card with Distress Ink.

Until next week.

Lynne x


  1. Hey Lynne, what a background, its gorgeous,love you use a steampunk bird with his fancy top hat,love the coffee stains,looove how you added the cheesecloth with the tiny pins, beautiful sentiment, lovely steampunk you accomplished, can't wait to see the other gelli..

  2. I have never seen the Gelli plate effect quite like yours. It's so you in that it is stunning in muted shabby chic tones. Love that bird! What a beautiful project!

  3. I really like what you've done with the Gelli plate background Lynne - I've been thinking about getting one of these but like you, not sure whether it was for me. Now, you've really whetted my appetite for one! The lace and cheesecloth additions are lovely and your steampunk bird is such fun with his little key and top hat. Margie x

  4. Adore your steampunk bird card, Lynne. I often prefer the second gelli print as it's more layered and less intense. Glad you haveing fun with it!

  5. Oh wow Lynne, I would say your Gelli plate has been a tremendous success! This card is fabulous, love the look of the lace in the background and the little bird with his top hat - a wonderful make. Anne x

  6. This is fabulous Lynne! You created wonderful texture with paint, lace & burlap, on your GP!
    Alison x

  7. Stunning project and I love the background you have created. Beautifully adorned with the tag, lace and the bird is perfect with his little top hat.

    Thanks for sharing Lynne

    Hugs Annie x

  8. What an amazing project Lynne! The perfect combination of soft vintage with steampunk. The gelli plate background is amazing and the other additional elements just finish it to perfection!! Really stunning!!

  9. Lynne this is AmAzing... Love the steampunk bird & the background is fantastic...Wonderful work... Hugs May x x x

  10. This is so awesome! I have just ventured into Gelli plate fun as well...... I hope mine will turn out as wonderful as this! Love the stamped and fussy cut bird-key & hat with Glossy accents- and the lace and gauze are awesome touches- awesome!!!

  11. Really gorgeous Lynne and so much detail in your background. Love the sepia tones and all the texture too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  12. 1st time eh? further proof of your brilliance lynne! xo

  13. Your background is fabulous Lynne! I don't know too much about these but the texture with the paint is wonderful.

    Maria xx

  14. You made a vintage card out of a gelli plate! Brilliant, Lynne!

  15. It looks great, Lynne - beautiful vintage neutrals in your Gelli print, and I love the steampunk bird!
    Alison x

  16. Love this funky mechanical bird AND the use of the Gelli Plate. Wonderful project!


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