Monthly Archives: November 2014

Digitized Gel Prints

Digitized Gel Prints

A while back I had some gel prints that I really liked, and I thought I wouldn’t regret having scanned them before incorporating them into some other project. One was a packing tape print with a lot of transparent areas, but once it was scanned all those transparent areas were white on my screen. I pulled the file into  Photoshop Elements to delete the white and save the image with the transparent areas transparent, as a .PNG file. Once I had done that, though, I realized I could do a lot more fun stuff with my scanned images, and I started combining them with different blending modes in Photoshop.

This is the original packing tape print. (I think it looks better in person…)

Packing Tape print by BraveBeanArt

And here are some combinations created in Photoshop:

Gel Print background 2 by BraveBeanArt


In this first one you can see the packing tape print has been layered over another print.

Gel Print background 1 by BraveBeanArt


For this second one, which I really love, I used only a section of the packing tape print over another print and used a different blending mode to combine the layers in Photoshop, giving the gold a real pop that’s not as evident in the real thing.

I had fun playing with these in Photoshop and love how they came out. I printed some versions out but have yet to use them. I’m finding myself wondering, Are these finished abstract pieces, or do they want to be part of some other work? What do you think?


Gelli Prints & Stars!

Gelli Prints & Stars!

I have a tremendous stack of prints I’ve created on my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate, many of them on deli paper, which I love to use in collage. When I was in Michael’s last week I picked up a few paper mache star ornaments to alter, and the colorful deli papers seemed just the thing.

Gelli Papered Star ornament by BraveBeanArt

On this one I started out by covering the original brown surface with bright pink paint, then I used matte medium to stick my torn-up Gelli printed deli papers on. The pink under color meant I didn’t have to be too concerned about spots where the deli paper’s transparency let the star’s surface show through. I also don’t worry about wrinkles, as you can tell; I figure all the texture adds interest and fun. Not really going for a polished look here!

Gelli Papered Star Ornament 2 by BraveBeanArt

For this one, I started with gesso, so there are more white spaces showing through rather than the brighter color of the first ornament. I finished this with a coating of Krylon Glitter Spray pain for a little shimmer.

Each ornament cost me about 75 cents at Michael’s on sale, so they made a pretty economical, fun, & easy little activity, and they’ll make fun little gifts. I may just have to pick up a few more ornaments on my next trip to Michael’s!

I’m entering these in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where the theme this week is “To the Moon!” I figure we pass the moon on the way to the stars, so this project qualifies!

A Mixed Bag of Cards

A Mixed Bag of Cards

I have made a few more cards over the past week or so as well as getting messy with a few other projects. After my big push of holiday card making inspired by the Holiday Card Workshop from Online Card Classes, I did take a little break, but I still need some more cards, and I couldn’t resist putting a few new purchases to use.

One of my new purchases is the adorable Sending Hedgehugs stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I tried to resist this; I really did. But I failed. Too cute. Here’s a non-holiday card I made with it.

Hedgehugs Card by BraveBeanArt

The papers I used were included in the October Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. I used Glossy Accents over the little stamped heart, which is part of the stamp set.

This is a holiday card I started last week and kind of lost steam on, but when I saw the pieces on my work table today, I decided to finish it off.

Village Holidays by BraveBeanArt

I used an edge die by Tim Holtz for the houses and backed the windows with paper I inked yellow (because I had no yellow card stock on hand). I used clear Wink of Stella on the windows, though it doesn’t show up in the photo very well. The “snow” is Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste, which I applied through a Heidi Swapp stencil. The sentiment stamp is by Ali Edwards.

Last but not least, I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to do a seasonal thank-you card. I had fun making the fall wreath with the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls stamp set and coordinating dies.

Fall Thanks by BraveBeanArt

I promise to be back soon with some work that’s not a card, if you can believe it. I’ve been playing with Gelli prints, doing some art journaling, and making some Christmas ornaments.



All of last week I was obsessed with holiday card making thanks to Holiday Card Workshop 2014 at Online Card Classes. I loved watching every video, and I learned something even when the card being created didn’t seem at first like something I’d ever make. I must admit to spending more time watching videos than actually creating, but my mind was spinning with ideas, and I’ve begun to put some into practice with actual projects.

One of the classes focused on tags, which are so much fun to make.

Tag by BraveBeanArt


In another class, Jennifer McGuire showed a one-layer window card. Hers used some fancy partial die cutting, which I attempted but wasn’t very successful at, mostly because I just didn’t have dies that were well suited to the technique. But I liked the window idea and put that to use here:

Window Card by BraveBeanArt

I love that cute Lawn Fawn patterned paper! The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp, as is the candy cane stripe stamp at the left.

Finally, I was inspired by the white and gold of a card by Debby Hughes on the first day of class, which highlighted easy-to-reproduce cards. Thanks to a few new Lawn Fawn dies I just picked up this morning (Tag, You’re It; Scripty Joy; Stitched Snowflakes), this one would indeed be pretty easy to reproduce.

Joy Card by BraveBeanArt


That glittered gold paper? I picked that up at Joann’s last week as part of a 70% off fall/Halloween paper pad from Die Cuts with a View–a steal, and it has plenty of paper I can use year round.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

Shake, Shake, Shake!

This past week I created not one but two shaker cards, my first ever. Yes, amazing. I’m pretty sure I won’t be making these every day, but they are pretty fun.

Coffee Time card by BraveBeanArt

This was my first attempt. The idea of putting the sequins inside the coffee cup comes from Vicky Papaioannou at Clips-n-Cuts. I loved her card and couldn’t help but lift her idea. I used the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.

I got a little more ambitious on my second card after watching a few more shaker card tutorial videos, both in the Holiday Card Workshop at Online Card Classes and elsewhere around the web.

Season's Greetings Shaker Card by BraveBeanArt


I had quite a few mess-ups along the way making this one–I am patting myself on the back for not giving up! I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the panels and the frame–I find myself using these on almost every card. The papers are from the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit–that fun patterned paper with the bunny is from Lawn Fawn. The greeting is from Holiday Hellos by Simon Says Stamp. The strip at the top inside the window covers up a bad heat embossing job, and I had to make the pink frame twice due to a stamping error. I know the greeting is still crooked, but I’m thinking that adds to the homemade charm. Ya think?

Happy creating!

Now That It’s November…

Now That It’s November…

I’m ready to start on holiday card making. To kick start my process, I signed up for Holiday Card Workshop 2014 at Online Card Classes. This is my first class there, and I must say that I am pretty impressed so far. Every card has a video and a PDF, which I love, because the videos are genuinely helpful for seeing how techniques are done, but I can refer back to the PDFs more easily any time. It’s all well done, and the cards are fun and inspiring. I can predict that this will not be my last card at Online Card Classes.

Watercolor Card Panel by BraveBeanArt


I’ve watched a bunch of the videos and tried some of the techniques, though only produced a few finished cards so far. The panel above is actually not a finished card, but I really like how it turned out, with watercolor over white heat embossing. I may use it as home decor, as it’s not a standard card size–I was so eager to try the technique that I didn’t give much thought to the size of my watercolor paper! The images around the edges are from Lawn Fawn’s Deck the Halls set, and the sentiment is from Peace on Earth by Simon Says Stamp.

MerryGreens Card by BraveBeanArt

This square card also uses a watercolor technique; I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers along with Tim Holtz stamps and Ranger Stickles. I like the old-fashioned feel of these stamps, and I’m submitting this for the Monday Challenge “Good Ol’ Days” at Simon Says Stamp here.

Stop back on Monday for a few more cards!