What’s in your stash?  Probably loads of beautiful paper just waiting to be used!  My original thought was to use up some of my scrapbook paper and create a layered card with a hint of the design showing under the inks.  Because it was thin and flimsy, I applied a coat of clear gesso.  The practice run resulted in a not-so-pretty result, so white gesso was the next layer.  The paper still felt too thin for a card, so I collaged on some beautiful gold-dotted tissue paper.  Halfway through the filming, I was afraid that the result would be a disaster, but I was wrong.  It is lovely!  

We all could use more encouragement!  It would be easy to make several of these at a time because the ink needs more time to dry than I gave it. Here’s what I used:

Here’s the drill:

  1. Coat the paper with clear gesso.  
  2. When dry, coat this with white gesso.  Let dry.
  3. Collage on tissue paper, creating wrinkles for texture.
  4. Coat gel plate with desired Distress Ink and press prepared paper into it.
  5. Keep layering color, using stencils or whatever you have!
  6. Using bubble wrap, put on a few gold dots to top it off.
  7. Be sure to decorate the envelope!  
  8. Trim, write an encouraging note, seal, stamp, seal, and smile!  

If you don’t want to collage the tissue paper, start with a thicker cardstock.  Brighter under colors would give a beautiful result!  Remember, it is the process, not the product.  LIVE YOUNGER by enjoying relaxing creativity.  START SOMEWHERE with what you have on hand.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Distress Oxides With Gel Plate and Collaging

Distress Oxides With Gel Plate and Collaging