Tutorial – Gel Printing Tags

I love nothing better than sitting in my craft room with my gelli plates, a pile of paper, a pile of paints and a talkie book playing away in the background. I can sit and make prints all day, or until I run out of space in my craft room. Once dry I use the prints on tags or cards.

Instructions

I made a large pile of gelli plate prints. This time I used acrylic paints. I made solid block prints, stripey prints, prints on book pages and stamped onto the plate before printing to give a variety of prints.

Tag 1

First, I chose a pink print and trimmed it into a tag shape.  I took the large floral stamp from the indigoBlu kit and stamped it onto the tag. I took some distress ink and applied it around the stamped image. Once dry I splashed on some water to give a water marked effect. I took some ephemera stamps and randomly stamped around the edge of the tag. I also took a old credit cards and run it along the tag to make solid lines.

Next I took some gel prints in greens and red and ripped them up. I added strips randomly to the tag, along the long edge, top and bottom etc. I also stamped some leaves out onto the strips of printed paper and fussy cut them out for later.

I stamped out more flowers from the large IndigoBlu stamp and coloured them with the distress oxides and a water brush pen. Once dry, I fussy cut the flowers out and begain layering them up around the centre of the tag.

Once my tag was finished, I actually turned it into a greetings card, using a bit more gelli print scrap as a background.

Tag 2

For card 2, I used a similar technique but had a more collaged background. I added pink card to my tag, then some green gel print paper, about 3 different green colours and then the pink stamped background. I used a stampin up leaf stamp and stamped directly onto the tag.

I stamped out ephemera doodles in red, more large IndigoBlu stamps and more leaves. I fussy cut them all out and again added them to the centre of the card with foam pads. I added a sentiment to finish. I added ribbon and string to decorate the tag. Again, I turned this tag into a greetings card too.

I hope you like these mixed media tags and I have encouraged you to get out the gel plate and play around.

Materials

Gelli plate

Acrylic Paint

Brayer

Distress Oxide

Black ink pad

Various stamps, plus IndigoBlu Mixed Media Kit 2 stamps, AALL & Create #336

Ranger text stickers

Foam Pads

Ribbon and string

White cardstock

Kraft cardstock

Book print

Various gel plate prints

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