Hello, everyone! It’s Kari here today with some more Fairy card ideas. These stamps lend themselves well to Gel Press backgrounds…so today I have TWO cards using Gel Press. If you don’t have a gel press, don’t worry…you can also create a similar look using the stencil. But I just LOVE the way the gel press gives you a soft, magical background.

Since it is easier to show you how to get this look in a video, I have created the short video below for you! Watch it below or in HD on YouTube:

I hope you have been enjoying these stamps. The March Kit was just full of so many beautiful stamps and sentiments!! The next kit is coming soon…so get this Magical Kit while you can!

For the first card I did a bunch of fun techniques, any of which you can use alone…but when you layer them up on top of each other: WOW! Check out the steps below:

Step 1: Ink Smooshing

First I chose three Distress Oxide Inks: Kitsch Flamingo, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass. I smooshed these onto my craft mat, keeping them each in their own area. Then I spritzed it with water and smooshed my watercolor paper into it.

I dried the first layer, and then smooshed the panel into the ink again. I did this multiple times until I liked the outcome. You can see a few of the drops of color in the background if you look, but I did layer quite a bit over this!

Step 2: Gel Press

Once the panel was completely dry from the ink smooshing, I used the same Oxide colors on my gel press. I smoothed them out with a brayer and then pressed the panel onto the ink. This first pull added some additional soft color.

Then, I added more of the same colors of ink and a STENCIL over the top of that. Then I pressed the panel back onto the gel press and stencil and I got a soft, beautiful design in the background!

Before I put the gel press away, I took a second cardstock panel and put it over the gel press (with no additional ink added) and then pressed it on. When I pulled this panel, it was such a beautiful SOFT design! That is why I decided to make two cards!

Step 3: Ink Blending and Stamping

For the first panel, I wanted to add even more color, so I simply ink blended more color on! Then I stamped the image and the sentiment using my favorite Remarkable Eclipse Black ink.

Step 4: Selective Stenciling

I used some beautiful navy Versafine Clair ink to stencil on some grass, and a bit of the plant images from this stencil. Then I added some of the stars using the stencil that came in the kit. I just taped off one of the stars and added it in various spots.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

To finish off this card, I added some metallic gel pen dots coming out of the jar. I also added some dots of glue and sprinkled some of the silver glitter from the kit over that. A few white highlights on the jar and VOILA! All these layers come together to create a fun card.


For the second card, I simply stamped the wings with some clear sticky ink, and added some glitter embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment with blue Distress oxide. I inked around the edges with Oxide inks. Then I used the metallic gel pens to add some dots to really highlight those designs from the gel press.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today! These are some really fun techniques to just PLAY around with. I’ve linked the supplies below if you are interested in taking a look!

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Kari V.
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