I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.
I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.
The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.
This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press
to create some awesome samples. Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Gel Press. I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas. The view and opinions are my own.
Materials Used: (*affiliate links)
- Gel Press Gel Printing Plate 5″x7″*
- Gel Press Impressables Repeat Circles 7″*
- Gel Press Texture Combs
- Gel Press Brayer*
- Flat Card Fronts*
- Eileen Hull Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*
- Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder*
- Eileen Hull/Sizzix Tiny Book Die*
- Sizzix Making Essentials 6″ x 13″ Mat Board*
- Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*
- Xyron Creative Station*
- Xyron Tape Runner*
- Acyrlic Paint
- Tim Holtz Chitchat words
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I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.
I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds
and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.
Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:
- Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
- Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
- Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
- Remove the snowflake die-cuts. Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.
I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.
I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.
I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.
I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.
Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.
Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper
to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create
this sweet little album. (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)
The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.
Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.
Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press? Check out this video.