Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gelli Printing: DIY Gift Wrap... and More!

We at Gelli Arts® often hear about the great time people are having when they break out the Gelli plates for a printing session with their kids and grandchildren. What a thrill for us knowing that a Gelli plate, some acrylic paint, a brayer, a few texture materials, and some paper can generate hours of enthusiastic family fun! We thank you for sharing your pictures and prints with us!

Printing your own unique wrapping paper is one of those projects that everyone (all ages!) can enjoy. It's that time of the year! If you're looking for a creative activity to share with your family—this is a good one! And the results add a personal and charming touch to your wrapped gifts.

You can find rolls of unprinted gift wrap paper and assorted plain shopping bags, as well as blank tags and cards, at craft stores—ready for printing. Or maybe you prefer to cut open some brown paper bags and print on the back side. This is a wonderful opportunity for repurposing paper bags!

Stamping with Gelli plates is especially well-suited for making decorated gift wrap. The new Mini plates are an endless source for creating all sorts of designs. On some of my papers, I started by stamping areas of color with a 6"x6" square, or 6" round and 4" round plates—then stamped over that layer with Mini shapes. Totally no-stress printing!

I used Blick Matte Acrylic paints—which work perfectly for this project. The colors are highly opaque and layer beautifully. The range of colors is wonderful, drying to a matte finish—and the printed matte paint surface accepts all sorts of pens and pencils for further embellishing. I used Sharpie Metallics and Uni-ball Signo pens on some of my papers and love how it looks!

Use any of your favorite monoprinting techniques—stencils, masks, combs, texture tools, etc.—to create images on your wrapping paper.

And how about adding words! If you've ever written or rubber-stamped a word directly on a Gelli plate—you know it prints in reverse. With printmaking in mind, Lesley Riley created a set of 'Reverse Alphabet Stamps'—and you can use them to stamp words directly on your Gelli plate. The stamp set features backwards letters for stamping directly into wet paint or stamp pad ink on a Gelli plate to pull a right-reading print. Gotta love that!

The click-together Pegz stamps make forming words so easy.


To start, snap the letters together to create your word stamp. Here's the process I used to print with my word stamp:

Tap StazOn solvent ink directly onto the Mini plate. Next, ink the word stamp with a different, contrasting StazOn color—and stamp an impression on the inked Mini plate. The Mini gel plate is ready now to stamp on a desired substrate—in this case, blank tags.

Try these convenient reverse stamps for personalizing gift wrap, tags, cards, journal pages—or any print!

Dress up your packages with Gelli-printed fabric strips instead of ribbon! Simply tear fabric strips to the width you want—and print on them with the same acrylic paints you use on your wrapping paper. Muslin and other tight weave cottons are good fabric choices for this. Such an easy way to make any package look extra special!

When it comes time to wrap your gifts with the fabulous papers you've created—why not add some Gelli-printed stickers, as shown in the previous blog post. It's a fast and easy way to put your hand-printed touch on any package, tag or card!

Artfully Gelli-printed gift wrap and tags show the love you put into wrapping your gifts!!

We love to see what you create, so please share your prints with us on our Facebook
page and Instagram! Be sure to use the hashtag(s) #gelliprint, #gelliplate or #gelliarts — we will be sure to find you! Tag us on Instagram and Twitter too with @gelliarts. We love to see what you are creating!

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


  1. These are all fantastic prints! Real eye candy! Any idea when the mini gelli plates will make it across the Atlantic? I'm in the UK and I can't find them anywhere!

    1. Zsuzsa - We are so sorry you have to wait! They are are on their way over and should hopefully should be in the stores in the new year. Please check in with our list of UK retailers which you can find here.... -- good luck!

  2. Really gorgeous packaging Joan and all looking amazingly colourful.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Fliss x

  3. Do the mini gelliplates shapes come with the square plastic handle or baseplate?

    1. Deb - the Mini plates do not ship with baseplates or acrylic plates... as many customers already own acrylic bases for stamping. A sheet of acrylic or any smooth plastic piece will do. The lid of a CD case works just fine. Hope this is helpful! Happy Printing!

  4. Once again, fabulous ideas! Can't wait to do this. Thank you!

  5. I've fallen in love with these so called Gelli plates and wonder when I can have one of my own.

  6. I never tire of seeing your ideas and suggestions. Amazing! Petra

  7. so inspiring! thanks for the great ideas

  8. So much fun!!! I am hoping to steal a few hours today to play with my Gelli plates!!! It has been a while since I have had time!!

  9. I love this! I would adore someone putting that little extra step in a gift to me - a present wrapped with custom, handprinted wrapping paper!

  10. I love seeing your progress, Joan. These impress me most! The circles always mean endlessness for me. Thanks for keeping me updated!
    Merry Christmas to you!
    Warm hugs,
    Beverly Monton

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  13. Why not wrap with Satin Ribbon and Im sure it makes the gift wonderful!


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