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Gel Press & Oxides

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Gel Press & Distress Oxides

Happy Thanksgiving! Chala here and I am so excited that you are joining me today for this fun technique using the Gel Press and Distress Oxide inks.

I have run into some technical difficulties with my computer and the video and am very disappointed with it’s outcome. In the meantime I will do my best to describe what I did to create these 9 (that’s right 9!!) fabulous cards.

The Gel Press is new to me and I was excited to open it up! They come in several different size, however, I chose the 5″ x 7″ as I usually create A2 size cards. It is like a big blob of firm jello! I removed the two protector sheets and laid it down on my clean Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat which was perfect! Laying it on this mat made it so the gel plate would not move around.

I used a TON of stamps! Look around in your stash to pull out your unused gems and follow along!

I will admit I was a bit overwhelmed staring at this clean, clear blob of jelly. But, I dove right in and started smushing ink direct from the ink pad onto the surface of the gel plate. Right now you can purchase the first 36 Distress Oxides Ink colours at an incredible deal. Click here to check it out!

You can use swipes, swirls, or use your brayer or blending tool, etc. Just know that if you don’t work your ink into the gel plate it will stay that shape.

What I mean by this is, if you simply stamp down the square ink pad you will get that exact shape when you press down your paper. I think I will be using the gel plate a lot to create mirror images of certain stamps.

After I smooshed the ink onto the plate I used my brayer to move the ink around. I wanted to get a smooth transition between the colours. Don’t waste the ink on the brayer! Grab another piece of cardstock and brayer the leftover ink onto it to create another background!

Grab the stamp set you want to use and stamp the image carefully onto the gel press. I used acrylic blocks to help with this process. Then stamp that image onto another background. What we are basically doing is layering images and colours to create one of a kind backgrounds.

Once I stamped the amount of images I wanted onto my gel plate I grabbed a blank piece of cards stock and laid it on top of the gel plate and gently pressed down. I tried several techniques from rubbing my fingers on the back to using the brayer to help transfer the ink. My favourite technique was grabbing an acrylic block and dragging the edge along the back. This seemed to give me the best transfer results.

When you pull up the piece of cardstock you will notice you get a negative image of the stamps you used. So, some of the stamps that had words on them actually appear backwards on my gel pressed piece. I don’t mind this, but you might want to keep that in mind when you are choosing your stamps.

I repeated this process using a variety of stamps and using both Neenah White Classic Crest cardstock as well as Canson Watercolour paper. Each paper gave me a different look.

I noted some stamps worked better than others. My favourite was the Concord & 9th Barnwood Background. The textured look was amazing. If I didn’t like how something turned out I just continued layer on colours and stamps until it worked out. Even the pieces that I cleaned my brayer off on created interesting results. I didn’t let anything go to waste. Using a piece of cardstock that I also pulled up any residual ink after my first presses.

I didn’t get to use all the backgrounds I made but I can save them for another project. The ones that I am not “In Love” with I can use to die cut sentiment from our cut them down into strips to create a different look.

The great thing about the gel press was that it was so easy to clean! After I pulled up all the ink I simply swiped a microfibre cloth over top. I double checked how clean it was with a baby wipe and was surprised that there was little to no ink left over.

You can use a variety of mediums with the gel press including acrylic paint. Many people don’t even clean their gel press as they like the unique images they get by continuing to layer the paints or inks and like that each “pull” gives a new surprise.

I am not that person…I like my materials clean. LOL! Maybe over time I will give up this control…but not today my friend!

I highly recommend adding the gel press to your arsenal of craft tools! I was able to create many backgrounds in short order which I love!

Here is a look at all the cards I created.

Head over to my personal blog by clicking here to see individual photos of each card.

After much deliberation I have decided to share the video even though the quality is not the greatest. For that I apologize. However, after putting in that much work I did want you to have the opportunity to be able to see how easy this process is. If you can stick it out you can see all the cards at the end!

I am so thankful that you shared your time with me today and I look forward to be able to share with you again soon!


Concord & 9th Uplifting Thoughts

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Hello, Friday! It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. I hope your week has been a good one, and you’re looking forward to enjoying your weekend. I’ve got some new stamps, dies and inks to play with, so you know I’m happy! Today I’m sharing one of those new sets with you. We always want to get the most out of our stamps, right? Sometimes you feel like you’re turning into MacGyver, figuring out different ways to use them! Well, the beauty of this Bundle is that it’s done for us! Concord & 9TH’s Uplifting Thoughts stamp set and dies work beautifully together – with both large images in the stamp set!


It’s almost that time of year – leaves will soon be turning those gorgeous fall colours! This first card uses the leaves image in the Uplifting Thoughts stamp set.

Concord & 9th

Can you see what the die does?! It partially cuts some of the leaves, so that you can lift them up, for extra dimension and movement! I love that effect!


To use multiple colours for the leaves like I did, set up your stamp and white cardstock in your stamp platform. This makes your life so easy! First, cover the entire leaves stamp with Mustard Seed Distress ink, and stamp. Next, randomly add Spiced Marmalade on the leaves, not covering the whole leaves, and stamp again. Finally, add Fired Brick to just the ends of the leaves, and stamp again. No need to even clean your stamp in between colours! DESIGNER TIP: for smooth colour application, I find it best to apply the Distress inks to the stamp using the Blending Tool. That way, it goes on evenly, without any harsh lines.

Now, clean and remove the leaves stamp from your platform. Line up the sentiment stamp, also from the Uplifting Thoughts set, and stamp it in Versamark ink. Remove the cardstock from the platform and cover the sentiment in Copper embossing powder. Set with a heat tool.

Now you’re ready to die cut your leaves. Using the easy reference marks on the die, line the die on top of the image, and run it through your die cutting machine.  Use your fingers to gently lift the leaves up, away from the panel. Take a minute to admire how awesome this looks! 🙂  Now, prepare your card base. Attach a piece of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid pad to a rust coloured card base. Now attach your die cut panel with foam tape or foam squares, for more dimension.

Uplifting Thoughts bundle


The other large image in this Uplifting Thoughts stamp set is of flowers. I just had to make a second card, to show you how the die, which cuts leaves also works with the flowers! Have a look below!

Uplifting Thoughts flowers

See – I wasn’t pulling your leg! The die has easy to line up openings so you can see the middle of 2 flowers, to line it up properly. Then, die cutting lifts some of the flower petals. Genius, right?! Like I said – Concord & 9TH have come through for us in the ‘get the most bang for your buck’ department!

For this card, I used Seedless Preserves Distress ink for the flowers. After die cutting, I went back and added the small individual leaves (also in the stamp set) in Mowed Lawn.  The sentiment is stamped in Nocturne ink, covered in clear embossing powder, and heat set. Before attaching the panel to a purple card base, I wound some gold thread 3 times around the left side, holding in place on the back with some tape. To add some more gold to the front, I used a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch, to add gold to the middle of each flower. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above, but it’s there!


I hope you’ve been inspired by my Concord & 9TH Uplifting Thoughts cards. I really think that getting this Bundle (though they are available separately) is worth the investment. Flowers & leaves are multi purpose, and can be used year-round. Just change up the colours for different seasons and occasions! I always have trouble finding suitable sympathy/thinking of you sentiments, but I know I’ll be using these ones for a long time.

If you’ve been inspired, I’ve included links below to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store for the products used in creating these cards.


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Deck the Halls Turnabout from Concord & 9th

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

It’s Chala and I am back with another turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th. I thought I would even embrace the “Christmas in July Challenge” as well from the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge page! Make sure you head over there to check out what others have created as well as share your cards (one entry per day until July 31) for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card!

I am using the Deck the Halls turnabout stamp. This stamp is gorgeous! The details and images are perfect to mass create cards for the holidays and that is exactly what I am going to do today!

Using the jig I created for the July turnabout blog hop and my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform I start off by using Versamark Watermark ink and stamp it onto 6″ x 6″ red cardstock and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Gold and sliver embossing powders are one of my recommended must haves craft items! So, if you don’t have some….get some! I treat the cardstock with an antistatic powder bag, stamp and heat emboss with my heat tool each time and then turn my jig. I will continue this process for the full 4 turns. I will also do the same process with Silver Tinsel embossing powder. To see the stamping, please watch the YouTube video. Here is the final result of the stamping.

I set these two pieces aside and grab some distress ink cubes. I want to create some stamping with different colours to show you the full capabilities of this stamp and to create some non-traditional Christmas Cards! The colours I use are Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean. I ink up the entire stamp with the first ink, stamp it down and turn. Remember to clean your stamp off well each time. I will then pick the next colour, ink up the stamp, stamp it down and turn. Repeating this process two more times. Again, remember to clean your stamp off in between each colour. I will do the same process again, this time using Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Candied Apple and Peeled Paint. Here are the amazing results.

Now I can begin to create cards out of the fabulous backgrounds. I will start with the last background I created. I use my stitched rectangle dies along with my stitched circle dies taping them down with some purple tape and running those through my Gemini Jr.

I can now create two cards from these pieces. I start with the rectangle piece and attach it to some green cardstock. I will then pull out my Big Joy Sugar Script die and cut the outline from vellum and the “joy” from red cardstock. I will apply a few dabs of Tombow Mono glue to the back of the “joy” sentiment and let it dry a bit. This glue dries reposition-able and I can then attach it to a scrap length of card stock to create a handle so I don’t burn my fingers when I heat emboss. Check out my video for this technique! I will then apply Versamark ink onto and add clear embossing powder. I will do this process twice giving it a nice shiny look! I set that aside to completely cool. I will adhere the Vellum and the “joy” sentiment down in the open circle portion of the card. I also use some left over liner paper from my large score tape roll and with my Nuvo crystal drops in Autumn Red and Woodland Green I create my own embellishments that look like enamel dots. I will set those aside for several hours (Ideally, 24 hours) to set.

While those dry, I will move onto the next card, using the circle portion that we die cut, I attach some ribbon I had on hand running vertically down the left side of an A2 size panel and will secure it with Be-Creative Scor-tape and then adhere the die cut circle on top. I die cut two “Merry Christmas” sentiments, embossed one with gold glitter embossing powder and stack them together with liquid adhesive. I realize that it didn’t fit how I originally had planned so, I turned the panel horizontally and adhered the sentiment underneath, I will add some of those embellishments that we created with Nuvo drops later. Years ago my mom created some amazing poinsettia embellishments. They are actually made out of a piece of bread and glue, then she painted them. I am hoping to show this technique on my personal blog closer to Christmas…so stay tuned!! I thought these poinsettias would work perfect for these two cards. Here are the two finished cards. I still need to finish creating cards with the first one I stamped…but, I ran out of time and steam! lol!

Now, this is a pretty lengthy post and I have several cards that I created out of these panels….so, I am going to jump ahead and show you the other finished cards. However, if you want to see the process, go ahead and click on the YouTube video to check that out! For the next two card I used my Silhouette machine to die cut the sentiments as I didn’t have any on hand that would fit. I added some sequins to embellish the blue card and kept the red one simple by trimming the 6″x6″ panel into strips so that I can create even more cards!

The next cards were created last year…but I wanted to share them with you again as they are more non-traditional in nature and to show you that with this stamp set it is really fast and easy to create sets of cards!

I hope that this post has inspired you to find your Christmas in July spirit and to get your own Turnabout stamp set! Remember Concord & 9th is our featured brand of the month! Take advantage of coupon code CCD15 to save 15% off Concord & 9th turnabout stamps as well as their new products at the Scrap’N Stamp Store! NOTE: This coupon code is only good for the month of July!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala, xoxoxo