Several techniques are shared for this seasonal Thanksgiving greeting card.  Mono printing with fabric, dry brushing the plate, and ghosting and stamping from the plate.  This could also be easily changed to an autumn themed birthday card, get well card, etc.


6x6 Square

Gel Press® 6” x 6” plate

DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints – Restore, Cameo, Inheritence, Rustic, Timeless

Burlap fabric

Large unleafed tree rubber stamp

Happy Thanksgiving rubber stamp

Brown ink pad

White, dark brown, light brown, rust card stock

Paper trimmer

Clear drying adhesive


Paint brushes


Use brayer to apply Restore (burlap toned) chalk paint to Gel Press® plate.

The plate with the paint applied with a brayer.

Place burlap fabric over the plate and press to transfer texture.

Press burlap over wet paint

Pull print on white card stock.  I had not thoroughly cleaned my plate before creating this print, and I liked the finished effect of a touch of the color showing through the fabric print.

Burlap print

Dry brush plate with random strokes of each of the remaining paint colors.

Plate with dry brushed chalk paints

Place uninked tree stamp onto dry brushed plate, lift and stamp onto light brown card stock.

Un-inked stamp on wet paint on plate

Repeat several times, lifting image from plate, and creating second piece of print paper by stamping with the lifted paint.

Stamp onto light brown card stock

Place light brown card stock onto plate and pull print.  The result will be a subtle pattern “ghosted” into the background.

Print with ghosted tree images

Ink text stamp with brown ink and stamp over stamped tree images.  Tear around text and ink edges.

Create card and cut layers of card stocks as desired.  Layer text onto rust and then dark brown card stock mats.  Tear around edges of burlap printed paper.  Ink edges.   Mount all layers with clear drying adhesive.

Mount all layers with clear drying adhesive
A closer view of the card

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Until next time…. remember to “Dare to be Different!”

Cindi McGee – Behind These Eyes™


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