Hand-Painted Stamped Plate
Learn how to make this artistic hand-painted stamp plate.
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Growing up in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Dunn was fortunate enough to have a father who nurtured her love for making handmade cards. Years later, she discovered one creative canvas after another on which to combine her handmade techniques with her new found love of collage making and stamping. Her talents range from making unique cigar box purses to elegant glass plates and tin trinket boxes.
Materials and Tools:
black dye inkpad
solvent inkpad (permanent and waterproof)
glossy metallic acrylic paints
Xyron machine with sticker adhesive cartridge
watercolors and gel pens
pastel colored printer paper
paintbrushes and water
scissors or craft knife
repositionable scrap paper for masking
spoon for burnishing
cotton-tips / cotton balls
1. Clean the glass plate and set upside down. Note: Decorative designs are completed on the back side of the plate.
2. Measure the diameter of the inner circle (base) of the plate. Cut a circle in thin paper stock (colored printer paper) to fit within the space. Subtract about 1/4 inch from glass diameter measurement and cut. Tip: If the glass center measures 5 inches in diameter, cut a circle between 4-1/2 inches to 4-3/4 inches.
3. Place the paper circle on the back of the plate and check to see if it fits appropriately (from the front side of the plate). If there is too much overhang, trim to fit or cut a new circle. Tip: Cut a few extra circles as backup.
4. Stamp desired images on repositionable paper with permanent dye-based ink. Note: Permanent dye-based ink prevents bleeding during the gluing process. Cut out the images and use both the cutout and the image for masking off other images to create depth on the collage. Place the reverse mask onto the circle, then stamp the main image onto the circle.
When the mask is removed, the image that was stamped will only reveal the face of the lady on the stamp. Cover the face with the repositionable image of the face and stamp around it with other designs.
Remove the mask and the stamped images around it will appear to be in the background.
5. Color in the images using watercolors and gel pens.
6. Run the finished circle through the sticker maker machine with the adhesive applied to the decorated face side. Glue the paper face to the back of the plate.
8. Paint the plate starting with the small images along the perimeter. When dry, paint over the image and immediate background creating a "halo effect."
9. Continue painting the plate, this time focusing on the back of the paper circle. Paint the paper's edge first and then paint the entire paper circle. Let dry.
10. Place the plate on a Lazy Susan to free-hand paint swirls around the plate, letting one layer dry before adding the next "halo effect" layer.
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