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!

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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!

Flying by…

Howdy folks! Don’t you just love it when you find a use for a moldy-oldie tool in your stash? I sure do. check out this birthday card I made for my mom, I used a leftover die-cut card, some old stamps and an old Fiskars wood grain texture plate to make the wooden window box:

We sometimes forget about these wonderful plastic texture {embossing} plates and our trusty brass templates for embossing now that the cuttlebug embossing folders are all the rage but these tools still work, and you don’t need a die cut machine to use them. Here is how to use a texture plate, simply tape your cardstock to the plate and rub over the paper with a stylus, bone folder or the Fiskars texture tool (shown in photo, it is $4)

I bought all of these texture plates a few years ago when they came out, you got 6 double-sided plates (12 textures in all) for about $10. Way cheaper them embossing folders! If you have a die cut machine you can use the plates in that too. Check out my Embossing with stencils and Texture Plates in your Die cut Machine tutorial here.

In case you are wondering what the card looks like open…

I used the “in the Garden” set of clear stamps from Oriental Trading Co. (I wanted these stamps since they came out so I finally bought them on sale a couple of months ago!) to stamp the gnome, the butterflies are retired Inque Boutique and the balloon is a SU! S-A-B set from a few years back that I seem to use all the time.  Yes folks, it’s OK to mix and match your stamp sets, I give you permission 🙂 It is also OK to use stamps that are retired, they are not dairy products, they do not go bad 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Why not sift through your craft stash and see what moldy-oldie product you can give life to again? You’ll feel so good that you put these older tools to use! Till next time Happy Crafting!

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