Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stamped Bookmarks with Gelli Arts® by Helen O'Hara

Hello everyone. I’m here today to share with you my favorite Gelli Arts® mono-print technique – freezer paper masks. You can use any kind of stamps to make these designs. Rubber stamps work well as do linocuts and potato prints.

I’ve made my prints into bookmarks but you can use this technique to make colorful papers for cards, tags, book covers and more.

Watch my video to see the process:

You’ll need your Gelli Arts® plate and a brayer, your stamps, ink, freezer paper, baking paper and an iron. I’m using Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white. Thin card works well for bookmarks. You can use any texture tools like stencils, bubble wrap and combs.

Lay a piece of freezer paper shiny side down on your table. Place your card onto a clean Gelli Arts® plate. The soft surface will give a good print. Stamp your card. Every time you stamp the card, make a stamp onto the freezer paper as well. The prints on the freezer paper don’t need to be perfect, you just need to be able to see the outline. Cut out all of your freezer paper shapes.

Place your freezer paper shapes shiny side down on top of your card stamped images. Place some baking paper on top to protect your iron. Iron the freezer paper shapes. The shapes will stick to your card and mask the images.

Roll some paint onto your Gelli Arts® plate and make marks any way you choose. Here, I used a comb and a cotton tip.

Place the card image side down onto the paint and pull the print.

It’s easier if you now let the paint dry. Peel off the freezer paper masks. If they are tricky to remove then iron them again between baking paper to warm them and they will pull right off.

You can now use the card in any way you like! You could cut it into strips and add a ribbon to make bookmarks. 

The freezer paper masks can be used again and again. No need to cut more. Once you are finished with the masks it’s nice to use them as collage elements in your art journal.

Happy printing!


Materials used:
  • 8 by 10 inch Gelli Arts® plate
  • Thin Card
  • StayzOn ink pad
  • Butterfly stamp
  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors
  • Baking paper
  • Iron
  • Acrylics (Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white)
  • Pool cover scrap
  • Homemade junk stamps
  • Stancil
  • Cotton tip
  • Gelli Arts® paint comb
  • Round foam brush


  1. Thanks for sharing this lovely process video!

  2. This looks beautiful! How handy to use freezer paper. The only thing I have to do now is hoping to find freezer paper here in Holland.😉🌷

  3. This is absolutely brilliant. Love it. TFS.

  4. Meant to say "these are great!" Hit publish button too because I was so excited.


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