Tutorial – Sympathy Card


I began by making a muted black background on my gelli plate. I didn’t take photos of this process for some reason but there are lots of inspirational videos on You tube for using gelli plates, paint and rubber stamps. Make a cuppa and spend an hour watching them.

To start I covered the plate in a layer of blue paint. I then took a rubber stamp and randomly stamped the plate. I then covered this with a layer of white paint, and again stamped directly onto it. I finished with a layer of black paint. I placed my white card stock onto the plate, gave it a firm rub before carefully lifting it off.

Using this method you will get all different layers and colours coming through. Giving a very grungy/ mixed media look.

I trimmed my finished piece too 5.5” x 5.5” and glued it to another piece of card stock to firm it up. I trimmed it all flush

Next I took a pencil and draw lines equally spaced down the card. I then added strong double-sided tape and sprinkled a good lot of pretty glitter.

Once glittered I added it to a kraft matt and then added to a white 6” x 6” card blank

Next I took my gelli plate again. This time I added various alcohol inks in blue and greens with a dash of white. I wanted a monochrome effect for my card so went with the same colours as my glitter.  I added my white card stock and got a nice watery blue/green background when I lifted it. I took some floral stamps and black ink and stamped directly onto the gelli print.

I carefully cut all the flowers and leaves out. I used some Posca pens to add a bit more detail and colour to some of the leaves. I used foam pads to add the flowers to the card.

To finish I added a printed sentiment.

I hope you like how the card turned out. The simple monochrome scheme and subtly flowers lend themselves to any theme really.


Gelli plate


Acrylic Paints

Floral stamps: IndigoBlu mixed media kit 2 stamps

Double sided tape and foam pads


Black Ink Pad

Printed or stamped sympathy sentiment

Alcohol inks

A4 card stock in White & Kraft

Posca Pens



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