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Brother ScanNCut: Gelli Prints

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I've got a quick tutorial for you today on using the Brother ScanNCut to create masks for Gelli Prints!  For those of you who have asked about the ease of using the built-in software, hopefuly this tutorial will show you a bit about how easy it is.

Draw your design on a piece of plain white paper.  Don’t worry about overlapping lines, focus on the general outline.

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Load the design into the Brother ScanNCut for scanning.  

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Scan to Cut Data so you can save the design.

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Choose the first scanning option – an outline scan.  Be sure to drag the arrows in, close to the design.

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Save the design to the machine.

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Load plain white cardstock into the machine for cutting.  You could also use a file folder or even stencil plastic.

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From the home screen, choose Pattern.

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Choose Saved Data and then choose your design from the saved images in the machine.

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Scan the paper into the machine.

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Select the entire design.

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Drag the design so that it fits perfectly on the scanned paper.

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Cut the design.  Be sure that your blade is set to the correct depth.

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Remove the pieces from the cutting mat.  You want both the positive and the negative of the design.

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Roll yellow acrylic paint onto your Gelli Plate with a brayer.

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Draw into the paint with the back of a paintbrush or another blunt tool.

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Press a plain piece of paper to the Gelli Plate and rub with your hand in order to create a print.  

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Be sure to clean the Gelli Plate afterwards with a piece of scrap paper.

Roll two colors of blue acrylic paint onto your Gelli Plate with a brayer.

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Place the three masks onto the inked plate.  Arrange them in a pleasing manner.

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Place the same piece of paper face down on the plate, rub with your hand, and remove.

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Roll red acrylic paint onto your Gelli Plate with a brayer.

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Place the stencil you cut onto the inked plate.

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Place the same piece of paper face down on the plate, rub with your hand, and remove. 

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Congratulations!  You have a wonderful three layer Gelli print! 

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You can reuse the masks and stencil you’ve created or incorporate them into a new piece of art!

I've also made a video for you with the same tutorial:

To learn more about Gelli Printing, try my online class "Getting Started with the Gelli Plate."  You can buy a ScanNCut online here

Thanks for stopping by!

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Please note that I was compensated by Brother to create this tutorial, but the enthusiasm is all my own! 

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