Good Day, Everyone!
Welcome, welcome! Taylored Expressions has a new card making kit, and it is the gift that keeps on giving: Gel Printing Kit! Have you ever used a gel press?! I hadn’t before these projects, and let me tell you…it was an interesting adventure! :D! It’s like you can never stop making various patterns, whether that’s to layer, add more ink, or add more textures/ink! So much fun! This kit is NOW available on the TE webstore.
If you love the idea of printing your own patterns in a variety of colors and designs then you’re going to love what you can accomplish with the Gel Printing Kit! Gel press printing is a technique that uses a gel printing plate (a soft and sticky plate made out of a polymer material) and a medium, like acrylic paint or dye-based inks, to create artistic prints and patterns. Everything in this project kit was hand-selected by Gel Printing expert Lydia Fiedler to get you started creating unique gel press backgrounds for your cards!
The Gel Printing Kit retails for $69 and includes:
- One 5″ x 7″ Gel Press Plate
- Five 4 oz tubes of acrylic paint (blue, magenta, yellow, pearl metallic white and titanium white)
- 20 sheets of Gel Printing Paper (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
- One 4″ Soft Rubber Speedball Brayer
- One 2 oz bottle of gel hand sanitizer (for removing paint residue from the plate)
- A hinged tin perfect for storing your Gel Press (7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 1″)
Once you complete your kit purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with a link to the exclusive class video on YouTube. Watch it as often as you like and learn some great gel press printing tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!
In addition to the Gel Printing Kit, we are offering a new background stamp, several new stencil designs, and packages of Gel Printing Paper! You can use the new stamp and stencils with your gel press or for other paper crafting projects.
For my card projects, I could not tell you exactly how I created each one as each one was a trial and “lets see what happens” kind of reveal. I will refer you to the TE Blog and TE Facebook page in order to watch Taylor live and recorded demonstrating how to use the gel press. There are TONS of techniques, which is what makes this product a lot of fun!
For the yellow card above, I used the acrylic paints and a new TE stencil called, Trendy Triangles, to create the background. I used the speedball brayer that comes in the kit to smush and move the paint around on top of the gel press. I then had leftover blue paint on the Trendy Triangles stencil that I laid on the gel press to get that extra pattern onto my background. It’s so neat to layer and “reveal” the pattern on the paper that come off the gel press. Its almost like magic! Ha!
Once the gel press background completely dried, I cut it down to fit onto an A2 sized, top-folding card panel made from TE Lemon Meringue cardstock. I used two crafty sentiments from the TE stamp set called, “Hey, Crafty Friend”, for the front and inside of the card. This seemed like a perfect card to send a crafty friend! Lastly, I added a few TE Bits & Pieces – Black Drip Drops around the sentiment.
I performed the same techniques for this card as I did for the first card with the exception that I used a background stamp in addition! By pressing a background stamp directly onto the gel press with ink gave a beautiful ghost-like reveal! I’m telling you, the techniques are endless on this gel press!
The newly released TE products I used for this colorful project in addition to the Gel Printing Kit are the TE Honeycomb stencil and TE Diagonal Diamonds Background stamp. From the TE stamp set called, Folk Art Phrases, I used a sentiment that I thought not only complimented the background, but would also be fun to send to a friend! The sentiment was stamped and white heat embossed onto TE Vellum. I wanted the focus to be on the gel press printed backgrounds, therefore, I kept the overall design simple.
Card Supplies for the First Two Cards:
Now, let’s switch gears! The first two cards I used the acrylic paints that were included in the kit. For the next two cards, I used TE premium dye inks on the gel press! Wahoo-ka-choo! Like I said at the beginning, this is a product that keeps on giving.
For the card above, I used TE Lollipop, Candy Corn, and Plum Punch dye inks. I softly pounced the dye ink pads on the gel press. I then took the speedball brayer and rolled the dye ink evenly on top, slightly overlapping each color. I also used my gel press in my MISTI in order to keep everything in place when I went to transfer the ink onto the gel press paper! It worked out beautifully! Sometimes, I would repeat the same process to achieve a darker tone. The above panel was stamped and white heat embossed with the TE Gathered Greenery Background stamp prior to gel pressing dye ink onto it!
I created a thanks sentiment utilizing the TE Signature Thanks die and TE Signature Thanks Backer die along with a small scattering of TE Bits & Pieces – Clear Drip Drops. Lastly, I framed the entire look with a frame die cut using the TE A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate (a new favorite of mine)!
The background for this card was created in the same way as the above, but instead I used TE Cookie Monster and Poblano dye inks. This card was framed using the TE Frame in Frame Cutting Plate, and the outside/inside sentiments came from the TE stamp set called, The Inside Scoop – For Her.
Card Supplies for the Two Dye Ink Cards:
Those are my gel press projects for today! How do you think I did?! I still want to practice those same techniques on it! Please let me know if you have gel pressed before and/or if you make some projects! I would love to see! :D!
Don’t forget that once you purchase the Gel Printing Kit purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with a link to the exclusive class video on YouTube. Watch it as often as you like and learn some great gel press printing tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!
Have an amazing day,