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Bright Printed Tags

by: Kate Crane
November 30, 2017

Bright Printed Tags

Kate here! I love mono-printing with my gel plate and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics are perfect for printing with. The colours stay bright and true, and they brayer very easily over the gel plate leading to vivid and vibrant prints. I used my colours ‘neat’ for this project but if you want something a little more muted you could try mixing a little Tinting Base in with the colours on the plate.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Selection of greyboard tags by Tando Creative
  • Gel Press gel plate (any size)
  • Smooth White Card
  • Selection of stamps - I used a variety by Andy Skinner including Unexplained, Handle with Care, Toxic, Steampunk
  • Brayer (Speedball)
  • Archival Inkpads
  • Assorted Stencils
  • White Pen
  • Junk for Stamping
  • Small collage image and bits of ephemera
  • WeR Crop-o-dile

Instructions :

Brayer a thin layer of Primary Magenta all over your gel plate. Drop Hansa Yellow Medium on top of this and brayer very lightly to avoid blending all over, and then take a print on the smooth white card.

Squeeze drops of Primary Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium and Raw Sienna all over the gel plate and brayer very lightly to avoid blending into one single colour. 

Layer a stencil over the top of the paint and then lift off, but don’t clean the stencil; see next step! This will remove some of the paint and leave a ghost pattern on the plate. Take a print with some of the cardstock.

There will be some paint left on the stencil from the previous step which makes a great print in itself. This print will be much lighter but makes a lovely coordinating print. 

Continue to take prints playing with a variety of colour combinations and different patterns with stencils. You may end up with some surprising colours and textures. I ended up with quite a lot of orange which was simply a combination of the magenta and the yellow!

Cut the card to fit the tags, although at this stage you can just cut them roughly to size. Stamp on the tags using a selection of stamps and coordinating colours of Archival ink.

Hand cut, die cut, or punch shapes from contrasting colors from your prints such as hearts and leaves, as well as simple strips of contrasting colour. You can also use collage elements and ephemera from your collection. Glue into place using Matte Medium.

Glue the cardstock to the tags using the Matte Medium and then trim to fit.  You will also need to re-punch the tag holes with a crop-o-dile. Add doodles with a white gel pen, and some junk stamping using Metallic Gold and Carbon Black. 

To complete the tags sponge or brush Carbon Black around all of the edges to cover the greyboard. Stitching is always optional but personally I love a bit of stitching! And finally type or stamp a few words, numbers or quotes.

Be sure to visit The Kathryn Wheel for more projects and to learn more about Kate Crane.


Gorgeous tags kate. I'm always so pleased to see any of your gel plate tutorials .Thank you!!! X

Gemma maggs

November 30, 2017

Stunningly beautiful colors and contrast. I truly love them all. Brilliant. ❤️

Linda Cain

November 30, 2017

BEGUILINGLY BEAUTIFUL colors and BODACIOUSLY BOUNTIFUL designs and contrasts. Thank you Kate for SUPER inspiration. Xj.


November 30, 2017

Gorgeous, fun and vibrant creations, as usual. I purchased 3 'grab bags' from Tando this week after seeing your mini book make last week.

Millie Moss

November 30, 2017

Kate, your tags are so beautiful! I love the bright and happy colors and bold designs. These would look awesome attached to a gift!! Maura


November 30, 2017

Gorgeous tags! Love the patterns, layers and colours!


November 30, 2017

This made my day. Thank you so much. ellen

ellen mollenvanger

November 30, 2017

Gorgeous tags!

Amy Hodgson-Smith

November 30, 2017

Another fab tutorial Kate. The colours you use are awesome and the instructions make "having a go" a pleasurable, successful, confidence giving experience. Huge thank you!!

Susie D

December 1, 2017

Kate, thank you for sharing these beautiful tags. Love always ;)


December 1, 2017

You always use such happy colors. I love seeing your creations!

Julie S

December 2, 2017

Lovely project to brighten a dark, damp December day! I love the coordinated look of them all even though they are all quite different x

Stef Adams

December 4, 2017

These are absolutely delicious, Kate! Love them to bits! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! So inspirational! Claudia xxx


December 5, 2017

Love your tutorials - so inspiring.


January 30, 2018

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