Fun gel printed card (useful for art journals too!)

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a snazzy layered gel print and turn it into this card!

Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. This card would be nice for a housewarming or a welcome to the neighborhood greeting. Or use these techniques to make a card for another occasion! Happy crafting!

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Many Marvelous Mermaids!

Howdy friends! Today’s project combines a lot of crafty goodness! I had so much fun making these cards and I hope they inspire you to create!

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I worked an assembly line on these cards. I did a gel printing session, a coloring session, and an assembly session.

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It can be daunting to think of making multiple cards in one sitting. It can also be overwhelming to gel print backgrounds for only one card. By breaking up the tasks I get to extend my enjoyment of my craft without getting stressed out and have a batch of cards to show for my effort!

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You can see the complete process in the video!


Supplies (affiliate links used)

Here is a look at all of the images colored. I thought about just trimming them to ATC size at one point but I decided that I’d be more likely to use the greeting cards.

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I hope you have a lovely weekend! I’m off to watch my son play in his last tennis matches of the season and miraculously it’s warm and sunny! Yahoo! Til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gel Printing with Texture Plates!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a project using a new to me supply that I think you might enjoy if you have wanted to dabble into gelatin printmaking but wanted to avoid the mess and the additional supplies that can go along with it.

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I will be using new texture plated by Carabelle Studios. These are essentially large unmounted rubber stamps that have all of the artwork already collaged and distressed so all you have to do is ink up your plate, press the texture plate to that and pull a print. Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps!  SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

*Note I used a 5″x7″ plate as well and it can be found on Amazon with the printmaking cards and envelopes I used in a bundle. The price can fluctuate on Amazon depending on who is selling it though, I think I paid around $40. *Affiliate link used

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Remember when using the texture plates that any text or numbers will appear correctly when stamped on the gel plate and then a print pulled from that. If you want to use these as rubber stamps the text will be reversed. You can use regular background rubber stamps for this technique, just avoid ones with text. It is a fun way to get some use from supplies you already have too! I have also pressed embossed cardstock on a paint inked plate for a similar effect. I hope this tutorial inspires you to try printmaking. Happy crafting!

Gel Printing on Furniture!

Hi friends! Before you run away saying  “oh no, here she goes again like that time she painted her sofa…” let me ease your fears. 😀 This project is fun, easy and forgiving and will breath new life into an old piece of wooden furniture. (And nobody’s going to complain that it hurts to sit on LOL!)

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My sister gave me this old end table with a built-in bookshelf about a year ago. I had intended to paint it and sell in at the antiques shop I used to rent a booth at but that never happened. Ironically it wasn’t until I closed that chapter of my life that I had time and desire to tackle this project.

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I used a product that I really enjoy using but I don’t that often because I have put this prejudice in my head that gel printing is a big hairy ordeal when it is not. Especially when you use the smaller plates like stamps. It makes it more approachable. If you don’t have a gel printing plate can simply apply paint through the stencils with a sponge and build layers that way. I reckon you could also use “gel window clings” for a similar effect as the small gel plates, they are not as durable but I think it would get you through a project or two.

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Do you want to give it a try? Watch the video and see how easy and fun it is!

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Supplies:

Project pointers!

  1. Use chalk paint for the base coat, it alleviates the need to prime and prep the surface, just wipe it with a damp cloth before painting and you are good to go.  The matte surface also hold the regular acrylic paint you are printing with.
  2. Layer til you like it! Don’t be afraid of the “hot mess stage” just keep on adding more prints until you like the look. It get ugly before it gets pretty:)
  3. Wash your varnish brushes right away…don’t ask me how I came up with this tip. Note to self: Put varnish brushes on my next art supply shopping list.
  4. Sleep on it. If you are stuck on the design or not sure if you are done or want to do more take a break. You will have better judgement about your project after you have been apart from it.

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Unlike the poor old painted couch my family loved this project and both of my daughters wanted it so I guess I better keep my eyes open for another old end table to print on. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Layered Gel Printing Tutorial!

Hi friends!  We are hunkering down for the upcoming storm tomorrow! They have already cancelled school for tomorrow for the kids. They are calling for 12+ inches of snow and high winds so we might lose power. When we lose power our internet goes out (we are lucky, we have a generator but it still knocks the internet out) so I am blogging this project tonight in case I lose internet access:) I am planning to film a painting tutorial tonight before the storm in case I have no power on Friday for the live stream. Wish me luck:)

Tonight I want to share a fun gel (aka gelatin) printing workshop. I will show you how cool it looks when you layer gel prints. It can be discouraging to see beautiful gel printed paper papers and then when you go to try they don’t look as interesting as others you have seen. It’s not anything you are doing wrong, you just need more layers. There is no limit to the amount of layers you can add to a print, you just go until you are happy with it! In today’s video you will get to see how the prints look in progress layer upon layer (hot mess stage and all!) I hope you enjoy it and give it a try!

Sponsored by Smart Art!  get a box of full-sized art supplies delivered to your door every month. The December box had supplies from Gelli Arts including a 5″x7″ plate, brayer, acrylic paint and blank cards to print on. You can sign up for a subscription to get a surprise project sent to you every month or check out some of their past boxes. You get everything you need for a particular lesson in each box and you can use supplies from several boxes together as your collection grows.

 

There are many hand supplies you can use in gel printing. You can even make most of your supplies. Below I will list some suggestions!

*Feel free to use any textured items you have around the house that you don’t mind getting painty like: Mesh produce bags, bubble wrap, string, burlap, plastic bags, leaves, lace, ribbon, feathers, rubber bands, sponges, rubber shelf liner, plastic canvas, mesh, gauze etc.

Tips:

1. wash your brayer well with soap and water after printing because dried paint can leave bumps on the surface and it can prevent the brayer from rolling well if the axle gets cakes with paint. The brayer in the kit pops out of the handle for easy cleaning.

2. Use craft paint that comes in bottles rather than thicker artists acrylic, it works better and it cheaper too!

3. If at first you don’t succeed, layer, layer layer! Since you are using acrylics you can keep layering until you are happy with it.

4. Have fun!

If you are in the path of the storm stay safe and warm and hopefully I will be online friday with a live stream and if not hopefully I will have something prerecorded:) Take care and til next time happy crafting!

 

Gel Printing Workshop & Stamp Giveaway!

Announcement: Contest is closed, congrats to Lee Kendel who won this contest!

Hi freinds! Today I have an indepth gel printing and cardmaking workshop for you! I will also give away the rubber stamps I am using from ArtNeko to one lucky reader so make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. This contest is open worldwide.

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I love making gelatin prints and I really like the synthetic options on the market today as they are vegan and durable and need no refrigeration. You can make your own though and I have a tutorial here on how to do that. I also have a tutorial on making a permanent one but after you buy the gelatin and glycerin for that recipe it might be cheaper to buy one. The main reason I don’t make prints more often is that I end up with a bunch of prints that I don’t know what to do with so they sit in a folder and get forgotten. Today though, we will print on 5″x7″ cards and envelopes. then we will finish them off with some stamping and embellishing so when we are done we have 6 finished cards ready to send and no stack of unused prints to be forgotten. Win Win!

Watch the video to see how!

Tutorial sponsored by Art Neko  *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter! *Visit my blog and enter to win the rubber stamps I used from ArtNeko!

Supplies:

Please note that you do not need all of these supplies, they are just the things I used:)

Directions:
1. Place your Gel printing plate on a piece of paper, this will keep your table clean. Squirt a couple dabs of acrylic paint on the pate and spread out with a brayer.

2. There are many ways to make an impression on the plate: You can press a stencil on the plate, you can press an embossed piece of paper on the plate, you can use found objects like mesh bags, leaves or string to make a cool impression too. I like to pull one print with the objects still on the plate and another after you have removed the stencil. You can also draw on the plate with foam and silicon tools. Just be sure not to use sharp objects as they can scratch the plate.

3. Press paper on the plate, rub the back of the paper to ensure the paper completely contacts the plate and remove and set aside to dry.

You can layer as many prints as you like for intersting effects!

4. When you are done be sure to clean your gelli plate, brayer and other tools with soapy water and let dry before storing. I recommend you save the packaging that comes with your Gelli Arts (TM) printing plate for storage.

Embellish your printed cards as desired! I hope you enjoyed this productive workshop. I love to make prints but I don’t like having a bunch of leftover prints I don’t know what to do with, that is why I love to print directly on card bases. This would also be a great way to use up bulk packs of cards, they are often not as thick as we would like but they still would make great notecards if they had a cool print plus the layers of paint will add a bit of thickness to them. Let me know what you think of this project and workshop style videos in the comments below and don’t forget to comment to win the rubber stamps I used from ArtNeko! The other links in this post are affiliate links and I earn a small commission on any sales generated through the links without costing you anything extra, it is a way to support the free tutorials on my blog as you shop and I thank you for your support. Good luck in the contest, I will pick a winner at random in one week, and til next time happy crafting!

Gelli Printing on 3-D Objects!

Hi friends! I admit, I am a bit obsessed, I am not sure why I am using my Gelli Arts plates so much lately but I am finding them so addicting! I was looking for a way to dress up some packaging today and though hmmmm, “can I Gelli print on that?” Turns out I can!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

Supplies:
Gelli Arts printing plate 8″x10″ or homemade gelatin plate (recipe below)
Acrylic paint
Soft rubber brayer
Kraft Take out boxes
Kraft Jewelry boxes
Canvas Bags
Other boxes to print on
Other cloth bags to print on
Jewelry Tissue
Deli paper (dry waxed paper)
Other: Stamps, stencils

Directions:
1. Ink printing plate with acrylic paint and a brayer.
2. Press box to plate making sure to make full contact. You can place your hands inside the box to ensure total contact.
3. Clean up excess paint with deli or tissue paper.
4. Add more layers of printing until you are happy with the results.

More info:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes: Temporary, Permanent (see recipe in description)
More printmaking tutorials

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this tutorial, please check them out for loads of plain packaging to print and stamp on, it is so much fun and you can make a truly unique statement! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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