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"And the winner is....."

I enjoyed the art and discussion everyone shared concerning the
Plastic Wrap Challenge.

All the entries were great! It was hard to choose, so I asked my
husband to pick a number to determine the winner of the Plastic Wrap
challenge, and the number he picked corresponded to .....

Sally Bowen!

Congratulations, Sally. And thanks [ggd] for providing this fun
and creative place for us to come together to play.

Deb Lovett

The New Challenge

Deb Lovett is back.....with another technique from her "backgrounds" bag of tricks.

For those of you who enjoyed her Spray Starch Tutorial, you'll find this one just as engaging.
>>>Deb is concerned you will think she is claiming to have "invented" this technique (like her "Spray Starch" technique). While it may not be her original idea, her directions are always so clear and her samples so appealing that she gets everyone excited about trying new techniques.

A "Google Search" of just about anything will show that there really are no"new ideas" but lots and lots of variations on existing ones.

We are just thankful that Deb "translated" the technique and made it understandable and accessable to us all.

Plastic Wrap Background Technique

You will need:
Plastic Wrap (any type you have on hand)
Cardstock (glossy, regular, white, black etc.)
Spray Ink (such as Glimmer Mists, Memories Mists, Color Wash Spray,
Reinkers mixed with water in a spray bottle etc. or even a homemade
spray (I made mine using a squirt of Acrylic Paint in a spray bottle,
then adding water to get the desired color).

1. Protect your stamping surface with scrap paper.

2. Place your cardstock down on the protective paper and spray
liberally with ink.

3. Cut a piece of Plastic Wrap larger than your paper. Place the
Plastic Wrap on top of the inky paper and press it and the wrinkles
down onto the paper (the more wrinkles the better).

4. Let dry naturally (from a few minutes to a couple hours, depending
on the look you want, the type of paper, the temperature/humidity etc.)

5. Remove Plastic Wrap, and voila, you have some amazing backgrounds.

NOTE: It is hard to duplicate a favorite outcome! Have fun. Play and
see what you get.

Above: Glossy cardstock
Adirondack Color Wash (Bottle and Lettuce) and Glimmer Mist (Old Lace)
Left: Plastic Wrap left on surface for 7 minutes.
Middle: my husband commented on how pretty the first one was so I
tried to duplicate the "satin-y look". HaHa.
Right: Plastic Wrap left on surface for 25 minutes.
Below: Here is one of the samples "in use


Here is a tip (that I never remember when I am making my backgrounds):
White space can be very attractive in your design. This background is
from the corner of one of my Plastic Wrap pieces where there wasn't
much ink. I wish I had more areas with white space.

There you have it....a "teaser" start! We can hardly wait to see what  you come up with and how you use it.

As always, Deb  has agreed to be available for "hand holding" throughout the time this tutorial is presented. (Last time her technique spurred so much activity it was "held over" by popular demand.) So.....this is scheduled for June but may go a bit longer, depending on the response.

Send us scans of your efforts along with any questions or comments you may have.

Plastic Wrap Technique


We Get Mail:

Frog1946@comcast.net writes:  Deb is amazing with her backgrounds. The colors are spectacular and making a "mess" is always so much fun!!!!

We'd love to hear from you and....more importantly.....see samples of your "work." (Actually, your "play" because this is a very user friendly, playful technique."     ggd


First Sample In (6/12/10)

Grandma Lee writes:

Hi! I've been bad about sending pics of cards using your stamps. [Not a problem! We are pleased and flattered when you use ggd images but it is not the sole criteria for entering any of the challenges. We don't want that to limit anyone's participation!]I only have a couple for now, but I have several I just need to finish soon so I can send them with my box of cards to Operation Write Home.

The first card uses Deb Lovett's Spray Starch Technique. I sprayed it on black cardstock with several colors of Pearl Ex. Instead of using a paint brush for spreading the colors around, I used plastic wrap scrunched up in a ball. I patted it all around to make sure all of the Pearl Ex was dispersed in the spray starch. After it was dry, I stamped the image with Memento Black Tuxedo ink onto this cardstock. The colors really highlighted this wonderful image! I stamped the phrase from PSX on white cardstock, but next time I will try it on the spray starch cardstock. Since I just purchased a scoring board, I ran lines across the cardstock from the back for a dramatic touch. I added a little bling & she was ready to go!

Unfortunately, the next one doesn't use one of your images, [ggd: Again, not a problem.] but I wanted to show how dramatic this small image looks on the spray starch cardstock. I just used a strip of DP matted down the side of the card with a lace edging. The butterfly is by Victorine Originals, and I cut it out, rolled the edges on a pen and then glued it down with some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive on the center of the image. I added some rhinestones to the edge & one for the head of the butterfly to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for offering these awesome techniques for us to try.* I'll send you more pics later of your images on the cards I'm working on now.

Thanks again,
Lee Tucker

*Thanks for trying them and showing us all your results.

ggd: The spray starch/plastic wrap technique was used on the lily image and the spray starch background is a feature on the butterfly card. The plastic wrap could also have been used effectively although not, perhaps as subtly, as the background for the butterfly stamp. Check here to see ggd's similar butterfly.


Yogi checks in with these great plastic wrap Cards.  The Birthday Card is one thing........but how many of you are working on being ready for Christmas this month? And who would think of pink and black as Christmas Holiday colors? Yogi does both of these things and makes it all work.


Click on the cards to get all the "how to" information and see how she managed to make each card fit a number of Challenges.

With Yogi, clever never stops!

Comments from Deb:

Great cards! Same basic products with such unique results.

I love Lee's variation on the Plastic Wrap using Spray Starch. Both
cards are so pretty.
Yogi's cards are fantastic too. Thanks, Yogi, for showing us the
effects on different types of paper.


A "Spur of the Moment" additional Challenge.......

Tried to let this alone, but just couldn't! Triggered by Yogi's Christmas card.......the first person to send in a plastic wrap technique pink and black Halloween card gets a stamp set of his or her choice. If it contains a gg designs image........two selections!

Look At This:

Michelle Morlan DID IT!!!
She met the challenge with this GREAT Halloween Image!

With pink plastic wrap background and MBM (Made by Michelle) sillhouettes plus a ggd image *(the tiny bird trying its best to scare you) Michelle met and mastered the Halloween Challenge.

And you thought it couldn't be done!     : )           Thanks Michelle

Click on the little bird to meet the rest of the flock.

If you didn't think pink would work for Halloween...........

Would you have expected it to work for Father's Day?

Obviously it does!!!
Thanks again, Michelle.

We Get More Mail!
Here's my first effort--and here's my story:

I've thought about this project all month. I wanted to use Ranger Ink dye spray, but they didn't have any at the local crafts stores. I thought I'd ordered them from Joann's, but when I looked to see the status of the order, it wasn't there. I hadn't ordered them. I ordered them, but they STILL haven't arrived.

So I contrived a spray paint with dollar store sprayers, cheap acrylic paint and water. It barely sprayed, had to hold the paper up, so I had drips. Because there was so much water, the plastic didn't make much of a mark in the paint.

Oh, well! If the other paints arrive before the end of June, or if you can tell me another, effective way to spray paint, then I'll submit again!

Sally B.
Baltimore, MD

ggd: Certainly admire your tenacity. AND....the result. While it may not be what you are looking for at the moment, it will no doubt be "just right" for some future project.....don't throw it away!

???Anybody have any suggestions or comments to help Sally out???

Sally--try food coloring, inks, poster paints thinned, waterolors, strong coffee, clothing dyes. even some vegetables....almost anything with color can be thinned and spritzed through a spray bottle. Quality will vary with paint choices and the size of the spray nozzles but many "happy accidents" can result.

More Mail from Sally!

I tried all day yesterday and did not even get one wrinkle. I used Adirondack Color Block Spray Ink, cardstock and saran wrap. I reread the instructions. Nothing worked.

I am just so disappointed . . .I have no idea why this didn't work . . . It sounds so easy!

Sally and ggd need H E L P !!!!

Yay! Helping Hands to the Rescue!

• From:wickland@midrivers.com
Thickness of ink solution may be an issue. Lifting straight up or giving
a small twist as the plastic is being lifted from an inked surface may be
a factor. This may work on the same principle as the folded paper with
thread or light string in the fold being pulled outwardly through ink or
egg in colored water mixture dribbled in the first inch outbound from the
paper's fold. Different patterns result on each paper surface. The
thread or string is reusable. Let paper dry in an open-face position.
Store for the next four hours or more under a stack of heavy books. Cut
to desired background or card foundation size. Enjoy originals! Backside
of cut away cardstocks or self-made designer papers may become
embellishments on foam dots or background borders to sentiment rectangles,
punch outs, or layers in a bookmark design.
Keep Looking Up!

P.S.  . . . the thought of plastic wrap brand hit me since
some are as sleezy as the wind and some are rather brittle to board stiff.
Could the static electricity value come into play here? May the technique [could]
be labeled krinkle value?

And Yogi Sends Help: I noticed Sally mentioned she was having problems. This technique works really well with using a brush as an applicator instead of a mister.
Dampen your paper with some water or water in a mister. Wet your brush, and pick up some watercolor, apply to damp paper. Repeat with other colors etc.

One of the tricks is you want your surface to be really damp so colors mingle, but you don't want it so wet that it dilutes and blends under the plastic. In essence what the saran wrap is doing is creating a dry barrier for the paint to stop it's migration, therefore building up intensity of color until dry. Very similar to a hard edge technique in watercolor painting.

You also want to use more concentrated colors. If your colors (especially from cheaper brands of paint) dilutes too much, it gives a washed out ending where the color that is edging towards the plastic edges doesn't have enough strength to leave a nice distinct line - or crack.

I also put a book on my damp piece to weight the saran wrap down and make the most contact until almost dry, then removing it and allowing it to continue drying naturally.

If all your colors are pastels, you'll also have a hard time seeing your cracks. You need some contrasts, or colors that have more strength.

Hope these tips help you out.

PS Michelle's Halloween pieces are wonderful. I love the cutwork elements. Nicely done.
The dad card is great too. Love that dark brown background framing the design.


Deb Lovett asks:

Are you using glossy cardstock?
Is the surface wet when you put the Plastic Wrap on it?
Are you removing the Plastic Wrap too soon? You can check by lifting a corner to see if you are getting wrinkles.

Wanda Henteges contributes:

I do believe it is easier to get wrinkles if you use watercolor paper or glossy cardstock rather then regular cardstock. If you use regular cardstock, you need a lot more liquid because so much soaks into the paper and you need to be able to get the plastic wrap down onto liquid that can still move around and then is squishes into the wrinkles before drying. (I hope that made sense??).

PS. I have a card done......

                                                        Click on the card to visit Wanda's Blog

Interesting.....the background looks almost like fabric. Yet another "wrinkle" in the plastic wrap application.


Thanks everyone for your help. It's good to hear how everyone handles the technique.

Sally....thank you for asking the question. Hope this helps you reach a successful outcome. We'd love to see the results.

Sally Reports   S  U  C  C  E  S  S  !   
                            I got creases and edges! I used coffee on glossy paper.

It's not perfect, and some would say it's a mess, but there's a project in there somewhere! Maybe I can find it before we end June! Thanks to all who provided help, I really took it all to heart!

Sally Bowen

Congratulations Sally!!! It looks great! And even though it's not the end of the month and time for drawing a name for a prize........we think you deserve a prize for your willingness to "hang in there" So.....pick out a stamp to use for that project that's "in there somewhere!"


Deb Lovett:

I just re-read Sally's submissions -- Did you really use COFFEE? I
never thought of that. I love it. I want to try the Plastic Wrap
Technique using coffee now. Thanks for the great idea!


The Project:

I made a nice, soft card from my coffee stained paper.
I used . . . tim holtz distress ink, and some generic word. I love what the distress ink does . . . Also, I thought the word was appropriate for me!

Thanks, guys, for all your help! I did finally produce a page and a project! YAY!

Sally Bowen


Congrats Sally. It pays to persevere!! BIG GRIN

Take care yogi
Calgary, Alberta

And the mail from others.....
In a recent email to subscribers to the Gazette, ggd asked: Whine, cry pout, beg, cagjole? What will it take to get you to break out the plastic wrap and get going on some samples for this month's Challenge?
To which Jeanette Waters replies:
Please, don't whine, cry and pout. This is a wonderful challenge and you are going to get lots of entries. This looks like a another really fun technique from Deb. My supplies arrived yesterday. So I'll have something for you soon.

     We hope others of you are planning to "come out and play!"

                And don't forget....the "special" Pink and Black Halloween Plastic Wrap Challenge!

Joyce, from England joins in with:


Good afternoon . . . we have great weather here – not as hot as you but hot for us…great to see it. The farmers are so grateful to get the hay made but now those fields and our gardens need a night of lovely fine rain to help the plants grow.

Here’s my little sample of your ‘new’ old technique….the paper is Fabriano Artistico…a very smooth watercolour paper which I use for calligraphy. I brushed clean water over it, then using a 1 ½” brush I brushed strips of Ultramarine gouache and Cerulean blue watercolour. Both were thicker than pouring cream. I simply scrunched saran wrap up a wee bit and dabbed it over it….where I wasn’t pleased I just dabbed more and this is the result. Not like your ‘expert’s’ pleasing results but good for a background.

Keep cool and carry on!

ggd: Beautiful!!!

  From Deb Lovett:
I totally agree -- Sally deserves the prize for perseverance. It turned out great.

Beautiful artwork, Michelle and Wanda.
Love the texture you got with Plastic Wrap on your background, Joyce.

Anonymous Bloggers (yes, we DO have a blog!) wrote:

Way to go, Deb!
Plastic wrap technique made for some quality time in the kitchen, drying cardstock, and preparing a background paper for eyesnapping one of a kind greetings. Some players have enough background paper to assemble great cards over time. Such a help! with all the effort involved. Thank you.
Keep Looking UP!


Here are some gg designs images that would work well with the Plastic Wrap Technique:
(Not all are in stock but any image in the catalog can be ordred.)

Aloe Vera
Angel Trumpet
Fern Leaves

Morning Glories
Mary Janes
Two Poppies