Birthday Ferns – Monoprinting Technique

Birthday Ferns – Monoprinting Technique

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“Must-Try Monoprinting” was one of the lessons offered in the Spring Card Camp 2 online cardmaking class.  What is cool about this technique is that the “same ink” applied to a gel plate can be used to make two (or more) card panels.

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I tried the techniques Dawn showed in her lesson and added a few variations of my own.  And while the class included more detailed instructions along with suggestions for alternate tools and supplies that could be used for this technique, here is a very brief summary of what I did to create my cards:

First, I applied ink to my gel plate (I used Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks) and blended the colors with a brayer.   I then rolled the brayer onto a piece of card stock to clean it; no sense wasting all that ink!  I ended up with an inked panel that I was able to use for this card:

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Next, I “removed” ink from the gel plate with a stamp (kissing technique) and stamped the image onto a second piece of card stock. I used the “Three Ferns” (S5154) stamp from Hero Arts and repeated the kissing and stamping several times to create the panel for this next card.

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Now for the monoprinting – I placed a third piece of card stock on the gel plate to transfer the ink that was left from the previous step.  (The “Hello Topper” die is by Birch Press Designs.)

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My stamp still has some ink on it so I spritzed it with water and stamped on a fourth piece of card stock.  To clean the gel plate, I spritzed water over it and “smooshed” a fifth panel onto the wet ink before wiping it clean/dry.  I used both panels on this next card:

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FIVE panels/FOUR cards from a single inking!

I tried this technique several times (it’s very addicting), and in some cases, there was enough ink on the stamp and/or gel plate to get even more panels!  (The card shown at the top of this post was made from one of these later tries and was trimmed to create a 4 1/4 inch square card.)

We are encouraged to create a card with “black, white + another color” over at Do-Al(l) Creative.

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10 thoughts on “Birthday Ferns – Monoprinting Technique

  1. Now the student has become the teacher! You ROCKED this monoprinting, Lisa, and I just love the greens and ferns you used for the process! Each card is as beautiful as the next!! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

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  2. Wow! These are fabulous and look like you had a ton of fun creating them all. I must give the technique a try as I have a small gel plate. Each card is unique and beautiful and I can’t pick one over the other.

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  3. Pingback: More Monoprinting – Birthday Daisies | I Played With Paper Today!

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