Do you let gel press prints evolve organically or create with the final project in mind? Learn tips on how to make gel press prints specifically for cards. Each gel press print is crafted to showcase the new Colorado Craft Company Anita Jeram release.
Many thanks to Adrienne Kennedy from Colorado Craft Company for relaying you to my blog. If you started at the 3C blog, then good news, you haven’t missed any crafty goodness. Keep reading for Giveaway info!
How To Video
All the details to create fabulous gel press prints for cards are in this video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with friends.
Love Art Stamp Set
First, I immediately thought of a rainbow theme when I saw this adorable Love Art Stamp Set. But, as it happens the first print didn’t turn out like I expected. If that happens to you, don’t let it discourage you because the next print could be amazing.
I kept the leftover rainbow bits on the gel press and shifted gears to create a plaster wall background for these little cuties. I used Amsterdam Acrylic Paint in: Carmine, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Violet, Buff Titanium, and Venetian Rose.
For Mom Stamp Set
All mom’s deserve a bit of TLC. So, I used warm and cozy colors to set the scene for the For Mom Stamp Set: Burnt Sienna, Venetian Rose, and Naples Yellow Deep.
I added a few more touches of color to the stamped image with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Artists’ Crayons. Die cutting the print with a square deckle edge furthers the warm and cozy vibe by keeping the scene small and contained.
Snuggle Bunny Mini Stamp Set
Next, we have the Snuggle Bunny Mini Stamp Set. It includes two bunnies in the grass looking off into the distant sky. So of course a color palette change is in order. This time I opted for Prussian Blue, Sky Blue Light, Naples Yellow Green, and Olive Green Light.
If you’re hoping to retain white space on your gel press print, allow the paint to dry for 30-60 seconds before placing your paper on the gel plate. Dry paint will remain on the plate, creating white space on the print.
The Artist Mini Stamp & Die Set
Check out this sophisticated mini arteesst. How cut is he? If you’re not comfortable coloring, then incorporating stamps with gel press prints is a fabulous option. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of experience coloring critters, but I gave it a whirl with this little guy.
There are a couple Bob Ross quotes in this release and I adore them. As a kid, I was also so excited to catch one of Bob Ross’ tutorials on public television.
The gel press print is made with Amsterdam Acrylic paint in Caput Mortem, Sky Blue Light, Buff Titanium, and Olive Yellow Light. The little artist is Copic colored with: E09, E11, E13, E15, E93, B02, RV69, W1, and W3.
Dad’s Cooking Stamp Set
The first and this last card are my favorites of the bunch. Which is funny because both started with prints that didn’t work. The moral of the story there is to never quit, keep experimenting until you love it.
The process for this one is more difficult to explain and is better understood by watching the video. I will say I love how the lift technique worked out with the Prussian Blue.
This card has a vintage beach poster or t-shirt vibe that I am so digging. I love the subtle pops of Venetian Rose and Naples Yellow Green coming through the Prussian Blue.
I had an absolute blast making these gel press prints and cards. My only regret is that I didn’t scan the gel press prints before using them. The thing about gel press prints is that they’re one of a kind and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to reproduce them. But, I may try. Do let me know if you are able to recreate these designs.
Colorado Craft Company is sponsoring a $25 gift card at each stop on the hop. We love to hear from you. So, to enter the giveaway, visit each designer’s blog and leave a comment.
The giveaway ends Aprilt 13th at midnight. I’ll announce the winner here on my blog with an update in this section. So please check back to see if you’re the lucky winner.
WINNER: Congratulations to Lynne Lugo our randomly selected winner! Lynne, I have emailed you instructions to claim your prize.
Many thanks to everyone who left a comment. I have read every comment here and on my social media accounts. Though I cannot reply to all of them, I’m thrilled to hear so many of you felt inspired to pull out your gel press and Gelli plates and get creative! Thanks again!!
One of my favorite lines of stamps is the Colorado Craft Company Big & Bold line. Don’t you find it much easier to color large images?
To learn more visit the post and video.
The next stop on the hop is the lovely Angelica Conrad. The full list of artists is below so you don’t miss any crafty inspiration.
Adrienne Kennedy (CCC)
Amber Rain Davis
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