Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printed Gem Ornaments

Hi there! It’s Marsha here and I’ve got a cute project for you that will add a little glam to your holidays. It’s suitable for all ages, so the kids can join in too!

Step 1:
Take a couple of chipboard sheets and gelli® print on them on both sides.

If you stick to a limited colour palette of two colours that make up a third colour when mixed, you don’t need to clean your plate in between pulls. In the sample I used turquoise and two pink tones. If you mix them together you get purple.

Start with prints of just blocks of colour and then move on to making marks and pulling partial prints of the marks on the chipboard sheets.

Watch my video to get a better idea of how I did it!

Step 2:
Use the Gelli Arts®Mini Printing Plates to stamp onto the gelli® printed chipboard sheets with more paint. Use metallic paints for an extra festive look!

Step 3:
Once the paint is dry, you can cut the chipboard into shapes. Use the Mini Printing Plates as a template or just cut your own freehand shapes.

Step 4:
Transform the chipboard shapes by drawing on them to make them look like real gems.

Add a glossy finish to the gems. I heat embossed each gem with clear embossing powder, but you can also use something like Glossy Accents or a gloss varnish/sealer for this.

Just make sure that the pen you used to draw the gems is waterproof, so you don’t smear your drawings when brushing on the varnish!

Step 5:
Punch a hole it each gem and add a ribbon.
Use the gems to decorate your tree or use them as cute gift tags!

Happy Holidays!


Gelli Arts®:
5" x 7" Gelli® Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plate Kits - round, hexagon
Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plates - triangle, oval, rectangle

Chipboard sheets
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam: 
Deep Gold, Quinacridone Rose, Titanium White, Turquoise Green)
Paint marker (UniPosca: black)
Round plastic canvas (Darice)
Hole punch
Wax pearls
Optional: Embossing pad, clear embossing powder (WOW! Embossing Powders)


  1. Wow! These are fabulous and so clever! Thanks for the tutorial Marsha - you make it look do-able.

  2. I always enjoy your videos. Such cute ornaments..

    1. Thank you Jeanne! So glad you enjoy the videos!

  3. What great ornaments to make, especially since ours are in storage, awaiting a moving van. So, I think I will make some of these, hang them from a branch, and place gifts beneath it. Sure love playing with all the gelli plates! Thanks for all the wonderful and inspirational videos.

  4. this is a great idea and fun for all ages. will be doing these... thanks.

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