Gel Printing with the Strands stencil

A stencil gel print for you today. I created this distressed print on a large gel plate so I could pick up a card front and an envelope print at the same time. If you don’t have a large plate you could just use the same paint colours and stencil on a second print. Just in case you didn’t catch my news yesterday, my new online course Gel Print Journey is now available! (And there is a discount for blog readers TEAMBLOG10)

The stencil is called ‘strands’ and it is a digital design I created and have made available in the Echidna Studios etsy store. The bold print shown on the card above was made with copper, burgandy and purple paint so I chose a dark burgandy cardstock to cut dragonfly elements and a sentiment strip. Printing directly on the envelope is a easy way to co-ordinate with your card and I placed a sticker on the white envelope before printing to preserve white space for the address. I think I might make a video of this process because it’s quick and effective, a combination I like.

The pattern on the second card is very muted because it is a ghost print, the leftovers on the plate after I pulled the one above. I cover this technique in my new online class using a range of different stencils and colour combinations.

Even though ghost prints are often patchy I like using them for collage or backgrounds as I have here. The line between cream and grey ended up looking like a path or lawn and I just like the unique grungy texture.

The dies and stamps I used to finish the cards are all Penny Black, those dragonflies on the first card are some of the first dies I ever got and they’re still a favourite.

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4 Comments on “Gel Printing with the Strands stencil”

  1. cakewizzardhotmailcom says:

    Absolutely beautiful! It almost doesn’t look like a gel print, it’s so clear. I have to try that colour combo too.
    Have you ever tried gel printing with black paper or maybe a 60gm cardstock.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you.
      I have tried printing with lightweight cardstock which works well but I don’t think I’ve tried black. I saw a short video the other day with someone printing on black with gold so I must try it!

  2. Pat says:

    Both are so pretty Heather and the mix of colours with the pink and orange and the deep red for the dragonflies, and then the ghost print which works so well too with the sweet birdhouse, flowers and fun sentiment. The Strands digital stamp and cutting file you created are great designs! x

  3. nancystiz says:

    These are Fabulous! Now I need to sign up for your class. Can’t wait to try it!

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