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Gelli Plate Printed and Stamped Cards

by: Julia Stratford-Wright
May 11, 2017

Gelli Plate Printed and Stamped Cards

I’m not really a card maker but sometimes you need a quick card which can be produced with little effort and in minimum time. These cards utilize paints, ink and embossing powder along with gelli plate, stencils, and stamps. They are easy to make and by simply changing the colours used, adding mark making with pens and random stamping, you can easily ring the changes. Details of paints, stamps, and stencil used can be found in the equipment and materials list. You can use any stamps, stencils, and colours that you wish.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Naphthol Red Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Shedded
  • Black and Aquamarine Archival Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • White Gel Pen
  • Black Gel Pen
  • White Cardstock
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Blank Kraft Card and Envelope
  • Word Stickers
  • Round Gelli Plate
  • Brayer
  • Handle With Care Stamps by Andy Skinner for Stampendous!
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Stamping Block
  • Craft Mat
  • Heat Gun
  • Plastic Credit Card
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Circle Mark Makers

Instructions :

 Card Design A:

    Evenly brayer paint onto the gelli plate.

    Lay card down onto paint and rub well with fingers to pull all paint from the plate.

    Apply second paint colour as before to gelli plate and lay chosen stencil onto paint.

    Immediately use scrap paper to remove visible paint from stencil design.

    Remove stencil and use gelli plate like a stamp to add stencil design onto solid paint circle on card. Dry all paint.

    Using archival ink, stamp chosen design onto gelli print. Whilst ink is still wet, apply clear embossing powder.

    Use a heat gun to set embossing powder.

    Mask edges of gelli print. 

    Stamp barbed wire design with archival ink. Emboss with clear powder as before.

    Use scrap of gelli print to mat word sticker onto. Add black Archival Ink to edges (not shown).

    Add to card blank as shown in main image.

Card Design B:

    Follow steps 1 – 6 above for Card Design A but repeat the image as many times as required and make sure some gelli prints overlap the edges of the card.

    Stamp remaining background areas with chosen stamp image and aquamarine archival ink. Remove paper masks.

    Stamp image in the centre of the design using archival ink. Immediately add clear embossing powder and heat set.

    Use black gel pen to outline gelli print circles.

    Use white gel pen to add details as desired.

    Using a paintbrush, thinly spread some carbon black paint onto the craft mat. Pick up the paint on the thin edge of an old credit card and use to add lines to the design until you are happy with the result.

    Randomly apply Napthol Red Light through the stencil used previously. Outline with white gel pen (not shown).

    Use black pen to make spot shaped marks onto the card design as required.

    Using the paintbrush and craft mat method, spread some gold metallic paint and tap a pen lid into the paint and ‘stamp’ the image randomly onto the card design.

For the Envelopes:

    Follow the method given for the card design you are making (A or B) but off set the design onto the edge of the envelope, showing as much or as little as you wish.

    The design could be repeated all over the envelope if desired but leave space for the name & address of the recipient.

    For details of envelope designs see main images.

Be sure to visit Julia's Stuff for more projects and to learn more about Julia Stratford-Wright.


OOh I love these :-) The composition of them is great, and the colours and just fab.

Kate Crane

May 13, 2017

Julia, these cards and envelopes are awesome! Great idea, so inspiring!


May 27, 2017

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