Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gelli™ Printing with DIY Foam Printing Plate Stamps!

Easy-to-make foam printing plate stamps create fabulous textured Gelli prints! Watch this video to see how to create DIY foam stamps for unique prints on cards! 

 

They're so easy and fun to make, you'll have a collection of these stamps in no time! 



Express your creativity by making the stamps for printing your cards! 



There's a variety of materials that you can use to make a texture stamp. Here we're using thin sheets of foam—available at art stores for use as printmaking plates. It cuts easily with scissors or a craft knife—and drawing into it with a pen, pencil, stylus or other pointed tool gives you endless design opportunities! 



Decorative-edge scissors cut smoothly through the thin foam material—and hand punches work well too! If you have a die-cutting machine (like a Cuttlebug, etc.)—you can run it through with an embossing folder and create a very cool embossed surface on the foam. Then cut your own shapes from the embossed printing foam! 




Instead of the foam sheets for printmaking, you can also use styrofoam plates or repurposed clean food trays. 

Incise lines into the pieces with a pencil, ballpoint pen or stylus. Cut or punch out some small areas. The design can be simple shapes, or as intricate as you want. You can plan your design beforehand, or just wing it! 



As you make your marks in the foam, keep in mind that what you see is what you get. So that means you can write words in the foam too! No need to figure out reversals—how perfect for adding a sentiment to your cards! 



The prints in the video are made on the 5"x7" Gelli plate—using Amsterdam Standard Series Acrylic paints and Pebeo Studio Acrylics




Strathmore has a new line of printmaking paper and they've made it into beautiful card and envelope sets. The cards and envelopes shown here are all printed on Strathmore Printmaking Cards.




The following steps describe the process shown in the video for creating the Gelli printed card: 
  1. Roll a thin layer of acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate with a brayer 
  2. Press a texture tool (like bubble wrap) into the paint 
  3. Cover with your card and pull a print 
  4. Wipe the plate clean (not essential—but makes a nice clean print) 
  5. Roll a layer of a contrasting color onto the plate with a brayer 
  6. Place your foam stamps on the painted plate 
  7. Cover with thin paper (such as deli paper)—to press the stamps into the paint and remove the paint from the plate around the stamps 
  8. Remove the cover paper and remove the foam stamps 
  9. Place your printed card on the Gelli plate to print a second layer 
  10. Rub to transfer the paint and pull your print—the second layer on your card!
TIP: Your printed image will 'pop' more if the paint colors for each layer are of different value (light/dark). You'll get very different results with transparent paints vs. opaque ones. Metallic paints also offer an exciting option as one of the layers. 




While you're printing your cards, also print on the envelopes! 

There are various ways to create a blank space for the address. Here are a few suggestions: 
  • Strategically place a piece of torn or cut paper on the painted, stamped Gelli plate to create a blank space. 
  • Place a removable label on the envelope as a mask. Print over it—then remove the label. 
  • Scrape or wipe off an area of wet paint on the Gelli plate, then print your envelope. 


Receiving hand-printed cards and envelopes is always special! Printing your unique stamp images on beautiful paper enhances your artwork and shows the love! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Winner is Roberta K!

 
And to show OUR love—we have an exceptional GIVEAWAY for cardmaking!!! 



The prize kit includes: 

1 - 5"x7" Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate 
1 - Strathmore Printmaking Cards - Package of 50 Cards and Envelopes 
8 - Amsterdam Standard Series Acrylic Paint - 120 ml tubes (4.1 fl. oz.) 
1 - Speedball 4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
1 - Inovart 'Presto' Foam Printing Plates - Package of 20 - 9"x12" sheets 

To enter the giveaway, click on the red "ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE" button below! (This will ensure that we can contact the winner and that entries are limited to one per person. One winner will be selected from all the entries via a random number generator to receive this very special giveaway!) 

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, February 25th at 1pm. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Wednesday, the 25th at 5pm



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!


Special thanks to our friends at Strathmore for their generous donation to our giveaway prize! 

Remember, we now have Gelli partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli retailer near you! 



Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

100 comments:

  1. Wonderful ideas today, thank you! Thank you for the chance to win too! Will watch the video a little later xxx

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  2. Wow how fun, thank you for sharing all the ideas! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  3. A really fabulous idea Joan ad will be trying this for sure.
    Thanks too for the giveaway chance, such a fabulous prize!
    Fliss x

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  4. Ok, Gelli Plates are just WAY too much fun! Great tutorial and love all the tips. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Elaine Allen

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  5. I was very lucky to get a Gelli plate over Christmas and I had no idea you could do that with foam plates. Thank you for the awesome video of techniques. I need to get some foam plates, paints, and other stash because I love what you've created and now I feel a little more confident Karen x

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  6. My daughter's art teacher has them making prints with that foam. She hadn't heard about the Gelli Plate, though!

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  7. Great idea, can't wait to make some foamie tools to play with!

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  8. Fun tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm headed upstairs to try it now!

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  9. Oh my, this is such a "simple" yet beautiful way to make lovely cards !!!
    (or other prints ... on fabric perhaps .... would love to try !)
    Thanks for (again) a wonderful tutorial ;-)

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  10. Awesome Sauce! The possibilities are endless with these foam sheets. Thank you for the give away and the great video. :)

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  11. Wow. Another great give-a-way and great ideas. Thanks so much for always sharing such wonderful ideas. I really enjoy them.........Linda E.

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  12. This looks like so much fun! It would be awesome to have your kids draw pictures on the foam plates and then print away on the Gelli plate for cards to send to relatives! Oh the possibilities- very exciting!

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  13. Love this tutorial and technique!! Definitely going to give it a try!! And...another super giveaway!! Fingers crossed!!!

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  14. Love the gelli plate great tutorial.

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  15. I can't enter the giveaway. The capcha control always give an error. :-(

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  16. Wonderful foam designs and cards. Loved the video and up beat music. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize.

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  17. This is more my style of mark making and i LOVE how it gives such depth and texture to the prints. Thank You for such a fun tutorial and for the chance to win such amazing goodies:-) xxx

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  18. Great tips here....I'm off to have a go.

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  19. Still dreaming of getting a Gelli plate! This looks so fun! They are gorgeous, thanks SO much for a chance to win!~kim

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  20. Wow, I would love to win this giveaway. I just received a round gelli for christmas and would really like to have some of the small gellis too. Love your videos.

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  21. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas in the regular videos ! I just tried putting the polystyrene packaging base of a pizza thru my ebosser in an embossing folder and it worked! The resulting print is pretty amazing. The pizza base is cheaper as it's thrown away otherwise, and the foam boards I got in an art shop a year or so ago cost a fortune ... but mustn't live on pizza alone !!!

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  22. I am sooooo EXCITED to try this. OMG your videos are just so AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you and everyone involved in making them for all of us. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Thanks for the great ideas. I wouldn't have even thought of running it through the cuttlebug! And thanks for the chance to win!!

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  24. Love the creative joy this process brings to so many including me! Thank you xxx

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  25. Such a simple but amazing idea. I absolutely love it.

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  26. Another great idea! Love your videos so much, thank you.

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  27. AMAZING!! LOVE my gelli plate and the ideas you guys come up with are just so creative! Thank you !!

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  28. Great idea, thank you for the video and the giveaway!!

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  29. thank you ..il love this technic
    can i participate in giveaway even if I live in France?

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  30. fun technique! thanks for the chance to win.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  31. What a great idea. I have never seen the foam printing plates. I hope I win so I can try this.

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  32. Someone should write a book on all the ways you can use foam in printing.

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  33. Great video! This looks like so much fun. I can't wait to try it.

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  34. GellArts has inspired me again. Thanks for your great tutorials / videos.

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  35. Très bonne idée, merci pour la vidéo!

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  36. oh, i want to go and try this right now!!! how fun!

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  37. WOW but I only have the regular foam that you buy from Michael's in their craft aisle. Will this work too?

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  38. Can't wait to try this technique. Love it.

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  39. I love making cards with my Gelli Plate. This will be so fun! Thanks. Please keep the videos and ideas coming!

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  40. Thank you for the very useful tutorial!
    I can always stick two thin sheets of foam together when a single one is too difficult to handle. ;-)
    I would love to win the giveaway!

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  41. What a great video and an amazing give away ... thank you and good luck to all that enterx Lynda

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  42. Wow this is awesome! Looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to win too! :)

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  43. PS thanks for the chance to win! Gotta love it :-)

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  44. thank you so much for this chance to win!

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  45. Thanks for this great tutorial! I am just getting into Gelli plate printing, and am so fascinated!

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  46. How cool... and thank you for the fun giveaway!

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  47. Wowsers! Thanks for a chance!

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  48. What a great idea!!! Would love to win these awesome goodies!! Thank you for the chance to try something new!

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  49. Scratchfoam is great! It's one of my go-to techniques. I usually let the paint stay
    on the plate and only wash it occasionally. The resulting prints seem "grungier"--
    which I love. I brayer-roll over them all the time, too, for overlapping (or not) brayer
    prints. The scratch foam seems to really "lift" transparent paint off the plate, too, for a more precise design. If I'm lucky, I can apply paint to the plate and use it as a stamp,
    and some extra paint layer grunge from the stamp may come off. Cool. ----Becky

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  50. Yup, another awesome technique to try! What fun!!!

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  51. I've been saving deli trays just to try this. Thanks for inspiring me to raid my stash and play. I also love that you used mandalas in your example. I shared this video with my peeps who participate in my 100 Mandalas Challenge. (www.100mandalas.org and www.facebook.com/100mandalas) I'm always looking for fun and creative ways to create mandalas. My fingers are crossed that I win the giveaway - what a generous prize!

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  52. What a wonderful tutorial! I wish I had watched it the first day, because I just passed up buying some of those foam sheets because I didn't have a specific purpose for buying it. Darn hindsight! Guess I'll go back and see if it is still there! Unless I get lucky and win some from this giveaway! ;)

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  53. What an awesome giveaway!! Thanks Gelli and Strathmore for the chance!!

    Carmen L

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  54. How pretty and looks pretty easy, so I will give it a go. thank you for sharing this.

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  55. How very delicious to learn and create

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  56. What a GREAT idea combining the foam plates with the Gelli plate! Tremendous possibilities for all ages!! Thank you.

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  57. Something I can do with grandchildren too! TY for this drawing,,,

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  58. The possibilities are virtually endless I can't wait to play!! Thank you for sharing!

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  59. fantastic tutorial and giveaway!!! ♥

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  60. Thanks for wonderful ideas. I read every post.

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  61. The red button for the giveaway just kept entering me for the subscription to the newsletter which I already receive. Oh well!

    I plan to get out my round Gelli plate later on this week and will definitely have to make my own foam printing plates. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  62. Love the tutorial!!! This looks like a lot of fun... to play and create at the same time? WINNER!! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  63. Perfect timing with this video, I just bought a friend a 5x7 plate. We are going to have a printing party using some of these techniques! I have a 6x6 plate, it's going to be fun! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  64. Gelli plates are so much fun,
    relaxing too in a Zen-like way,
    just paint and stamp and print away *winks*

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  65. Makes me want to play all the more! Thanks for the tut and the chance to win!

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  66. Thanks for the creative possibilities!!! And for the chance to win!

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  67. Another wonderful set of ideas with inexpensive materials. Love it.

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  68. WOW ..i love it all so much. what a wealth of great ideas. and amazing products. wishing and hoping. thanks for the chance

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  69. I just bought a book on Gelli Printing from JoAnn's and can't wait to get started. I love to watch your tutorials tutorials for your wonderful ideas, techniques, and inspiration!

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  70. What a wonderful give-away! I live in Spain so I hope it's international. It's quite difficult to find art supplies where I live so fingers crossed!

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    1. LOVE the fun foam idea. I've made my own stamps using it but never anything like this. I just love what you have done here. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  71. Thank you for another great giveaway!! Love all the tutorials and my Gelli!! 💗

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  72. Fabulous ideas - thanks so much

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  73. Fantastic video, so many hints and tips using everyday objects, wonderful inspiration, thank you x

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  74. Ooh, I just love my Gelli Arts plate! After wanting one for year, I finally bought one (8 x 10 inch) with Christmas gift money that I was given. I had SO much fun making wonderful paintings with it! I am using very very inexpensive paints, so the stencils don't seem to be working very well. So, I just blended and smushed paint blobs and some gloss acrylic medium, and had fun making very colourful abstract prints - wonderful for backgrounds for cards, and some I really like just as paintings! It is so good for my soul to have vibrant glorious colours here in the middle of a snowy winter in Canada! Thank you to Gelli Arts for a wonderful product, and for very informative and inspiring videos!

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  75. It looks great. I love the ghost print you get. Xx Sam

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  76. I am so happy to find you. I need more info about using the Gelli Plate. Thanks! kReN@afourthlife.blogspot.com

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  77. I am currently teaching a series of Gelliplate classes this is perfect for one of them!!!

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