Hello and Happy New Year! As we begin 2023, I thought I would share two cards that were made from one very cool roll-off print I created while working with my Gel Press. I used the Snowflake Flower stencil from A Colorful Life Designs which was released some time ago. It’s such a pretty stencil and although it’s a delicate design, it’s kind of bold too.
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A roll-off print is just the scrap paper I use to clean my brayer. You’re just rolling excess paint on to the page, as you get ready for your next steps and so the paint doesn’t dry on the brayer. I make many cards with these prints, as the colors and textures are often really beautiful and unique. For this set of cards, I took the single print and embossed the Snowflake Flower in the middle with Plum Spinel Glimmer Paste from Tonic. The color worked beautifully with all the colors of the print. After it dried, I cut the print in half, right down the center of the stenciled area.
I liked the Snowflake Flower on the right side of the card, so I flipped one of the halves over. On the card in my first photo, since there was a lot of color on the left side, I opted to use a white on vellum die from Pinkfresh Studio’s Classic Words Die Set. This made the sentiment visible, but not distracting. The second card had a good amount of white, so I knew I could use a heat embossed sentiment there. I dug out a very old one from Stampendous and used their Lapis embossing powder for shine.
I added a few rhinestones from Doodles Paper Playground to the first card but none to the second.
My card bases were colored with different techniques. The first was simply inked directly from the pad with Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink and Chianti VersaFine Clair ink. For the other, I rolled some inks on to my brayer and applied them directly to the card base. It gave a similar look to the focal layer of the card. Since there’s more white space on this card, that style worked without competing with the main layer.
I love how these cards came out. The colors are fabulous and I think the texture created by the paint being rolled off the brayer is dreamy. Making backgrounds without giving them much thought while you’re making them can help you to make such free-spirited art. It becomes more of a unintentional art piece which can wind up being more beautiful than things you put endless hours into. I might just make a bunch of roll-off prints without even trying to make gel prints….just playing with how the paint rolls off the brayer. We’ll see. The year is still young. Please be sure to visit A Colorful Life Designs to see the many, many stencils they have to offer. You can use my code, AlFan10 to save 10% off of your regular-priced purchase. Then, show off your creations in the A Colorful Life Designs Fan Group on FB. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!