When Gelli® Meets MagicStamps™

… good things happen. (including a giveaway!)

Maybe you’ve already discovered some of the amazing things you can do with MagicStamp™ moldable foam stamps. Such great stuff! But if you haven’t explored the design potential in these versatile blocks — you’re in for a ton of fun using them to create your own unique patterned Gelli® prints!

These foam blocks are heat-moldable, which means when you warm the surface of the foam with a heat gun and quickly press into a textured object, the block will mold to that texture and retain the impression. Voila! Instant stamp!

Don’t like the impression you got? No problem! Just reheat the block and the foam will return to it’s original smooth surface. You can use a block over and over — or decide, like I often do, that a block is a keeper. I have favorite patterned foam blocks I’ve been using for years! Here’s a few of my faves …. I love them!

Potential stamp textures are all around us! Things like burlap, lace, buttons, doilies, cheesecloth, feathers, leaves, shells, cut crystal, paper clips, string, rubber bands, rubber stamps and stencils can create great MagicStamp images.

The foam surface is quite sensitive and will hold surprising detail. Relatively shallow textures will work best.

You’ll find your favorite stamp textures. Here’s mine:

I like to draw patterns with a hot glue gun to be used as a mold. Many of my hot glue designs are drawn onto coffee filters or medium-weight Pellon interfacing. I began using these porous substrates years ago as a way of making molds for creating deeply debossed handmade paper. But that’s another story 🙂

The point being, I have a collection of original, durable, dimensional patterns drawn with hot glue. Perfect for making into stamp images!

To create the glue design, simply draw with hot glue on a substrate, such as paper, cardstock or chipboard.

If you’d rather not draw freehand, or like to plan ahead, you can start with a line drawing on paper or chipboard, and follow that as your guide while using the hot glue gun.

Let the glue COOL before the next step!

Using a heat gun, heat the surface of the MagicStamp for about 30 seconds. Immediately press the foam block firmly into the glue pattern and hold for around 20 seconds.

That’s it! Easy peasy. A new custom stamp! Very cool. Especially for those of you who want a new stamp … and want it NOW.

Here’s where the real fun begins! The gel printing plate and foam stamps are perfect partners.

Simply follow this easy printing process:

  1. Apply a thin layer of acrylic paint to your gel plate with a brayer.
  2. Press your stamp(s) into the wet paint. (Stamping will remove paint and reveal a negative of the image.)
  3. Cover the painted Gelli® plate with paper. Gently smooth your hands over the paper to transfer the paint.
  4. Pull your print off the plate. That’s it!

Keep in mind, the recessed areas of your MagicStamp are what will become the printed image!

And remember — while you have wet paint on your foam block — this IS a stamp :). Have a piece of paper or fabric handy to stamp the paint off! I often use deli paper for this purpose (dry waxed paper). This is also where I roll excess paint off my brayer. By the end of the printing session, I have a few more fabulous and colorful complex printed pieces!

Keep layering images: Use multiple colors, combine your Magicstamps with other texture tools on the same plate, include masks! Build up your printed images. Go anywhere your imagination takes you. It’s so much fun!!!

Images from hot glue patterns are perfect for additional embellishment.

Add stitching, writing, doodling, collage, beads, etc. to your prints!

(These doodles were done with Sharpie Water-Based Paint Pens — which write smoothly over acrylic paint!)

And then there’s clean up.

While printing, you can toss your paint-covered stamps in a container of water and wipe them off later with paper towels. The manufacturer suggests washing them with soap and water.

Honestly, I don’t usually bother with that. After I’ve stamped the wet paint off onto paper, I toss them aside and clean later with a dollop of gel hand sanitizer. They clean up just fine.

True confessions … sometimes ‘later’ is after I’ve used the stamps over many printing sessions — without cleaning them. Then, at some point, when the stamps are caked with dried paint, I get out the Purell and gently scrub with a paper towel or soft toothbrush until they’re practically good as new.

Looking for MagicStamp foam? Can’t wait to try it? You’ll find it at numerous sources on the Internet, including Dharma Trading Co., Artistcellar, and Joggles — to name a few.

But WAIT!!!!!!!

I’m excited to announce … we have a GIVEAWAY!!!


Gelli® has three packages of MagicStamps to give away! 

Each package has 8 stamp blocks waiting for you to, well, — do your magic!!!

All you need to do is comment here on the blog and you’ll be entered to win! Please describe in your comment what you might like to “impress” into a MagicStamp to create your own unique stamp!

We’ll announce our 3 winners here on this blog and on our Facebook page next Monday, January 22nd!

Happy stamping! And please share your images using the stamps that YOU cook up!!! We love to see what you’re creating, so please, go ahead and post your prints on our Facebook page!!! 

Show me yours … I’ll show you mine! You can see them in the following slideshow, which features MagicStamp images on fabric! The vibrant paint is BioColor — thank you, Jane Lafazio, for telling us about it!!!

Enjoy! Thanks for watching! 

As always, your comments are appreciated!!!

100 thoughts on “When Gelli® Meets MagicStamps™”

  1. Gelli Plates! I only learned of their existence about two weeks back and am anxiously waiting for the postie to deliver mine,so I can start playing!
    I wonder how the Magistamps would work on cut glass amongst other things! What do you think?

  2. I nearly forgot about Magic Stamps! I got a gelli plate and have only tried it a few times. I've been collecting things I can use for texture… I never thought about magic stamps.
    That is so cool!!!

  3. I am very impressed…didn't know about this stamps…is wonderful! Thanks for the chance of winning!

  4. I bought a package of Magic Stamps, and I have some great texture sheets, and a few embossed metal designs I've done.

    But I'm having trouble getting full impressions. There is always one edge or corner that doesn't take a deep impression, when the center impression is crisp. The edges of the Magic Stamps roll, especially if they have been reheated a few times.

    Is there any way to tell when you've heated the magic stamp enough for a good impression, and a way to get the edges to take the impression?

    Maybe I'm too slow to put down the heat gun and get the stamp on the textured piece.

    But I'm gonna try the glue gun approach and try some bold designs like yours, which I absolutely love!

    1. Hi Sheryl! The manufacturer suggests heating the surface of the Magic Stamp for 30 seconds (300-400 degrees). The surface will become slightly glossy and puffy. If you're reheating a stamp, the previous image will flatten out.

      Here's something to try that might help get those corners take a better impression: As soon as you place your stamp onto the texture, place a heavy book on it and apply pressure so that the entire stamp gets pressed to the texture.

      Good luck and happy printing!

    2. I finally got around to trying the glue gun technique. I've had an Aleens glue gun that comes in a case with different tips for a few years, but I've never used it.
      Well, I found out I'm not good at getting a rounded bead of glue that stays rounded while I move the gun, and I couldn't make a decent design. My hands are shaky anyway, but I can do it with a squeeze bottle of glue made for 3D embossing. And then there are liquid pearls and other decorating paints that I could try. But first I might try the cheap teeny little glue gun I have…

      Anyway, it's still a great idea! I'll get it done somehow.

  5. Hi, Joan! I love, love, ♥LOVE♥ your idea of using hot glue to make your own designs with the Magic Stamp! I am so going to have to try this! 🙂

  6. Thank you for all of the great ideas! I have been looking for some creative ways to use my Magic Stamp and today was the first day I got to try out my Gelli Plate so I will be another one breaking out the paint and heat gun to try it all out! 🙂

  7. Yesterday I saw a Gelli plate for the first time and just had to order one right away. I'm so much looking forward using it! Now I see MagicStamps! So many possibilities.

    Thank you for all the wonderfully inspiring videos. They've opened a whole new world to me. 🙂

  8. Hi Joan,
    What a great site! I am starting a printing class for my MFA. I work with clay, and MagicStamps seem like a great idea to apply images/textures on my slabs and pots. I would love to try them! I am glad that in my research about printing processes I found your blog, I will look at it often, thanks for sharing. -Maricarmen

  9. WOW If this worked on precious metal clay this would be great for jewelry making. I have got to get a few and try it. Thanks so much

  10. Anita Judson Harkavy

    I learned of Gelli yesterday and have been glued to blogs, YouTubes, and websites with it ever since. I also tried every art store in the greater Los Angeles area, and Ventura county too and haven't found anyone who carries it. Blick is the only one, but they're 90 minutes each way to get there. Of course I can order online, but I'm so excited by this that I don't want to wait. I want it now, I want to start playing with it right away. Any retailers in LA or Ventura county that sell it?



    1. Hi Anita,
      At this point the most efficient way for you to get a Gelli plate would be direct from us – you can order at http://www.gelliarts.com. We package and ship quickly so you should have it in 3-4 days. Hope to see an order soon!

  11. Thomas A. Marino

    Hi, I just found this technique on pinterest and looked it up. I love my gelli plate and I love the idea of hot glue gun designed texture for the foam stamps. I am doing this one now.

  12. Joellene Franklin

    I have been lusting about getting a gelli plate and now you have added the idea of magic stamps……..what is a girl to do….so many things to try….so little time. Have enjoyed your blog and would love to win the magic stamps.

  13. I'd love to try my chance winning these foamblocks, but perhaps i live to far away of sending them all the way to france. i think this is a great idea for creating stamps and so much quicker it seems than cutting them from erasers…..

  14. I would love to try the Mahic Stamps on piles of little things like paper clips, coins, nuts and bolts, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Wow,
    I am excited to make my own individual patterns with the Magic foam pads. They really solve my reason for collecting years worth of of objects . Now I know how to use them and why. Great inspiration

  16. Just found this blog post after viewing the one about the massive giveaway including magic stamps, etc. Which I have just missed!!!! annoying! Anyway, I have some magic stamps and love creating custom stamps with them, as well as handcarved rubber stamps and stencils for using in my artwork, and while I have used a glue gun in the past, I would never have thought of using it with the magic stamps!! What an utterly brilliant idea!!! many thanks for sharing! Judith

  17. What a phenomenal product! My mind is racing around the house looking at every possibility to imprint….from my iPad cover keyboard to heater grates. What fun it would be to experiment with different surfaces. The glue gun technique would make spontaneous, personalized cards or invitations a breeze. Would appreciate a product that enhanced my creativity.

  18. This is great! I am sure to use this with students to create a springboard for a lesson on pattern and design. I too will have to use this. I was instantly thinking about sheer curtains with a design stamped on them, or t-shirts that need a little oomph. Thanks a bunch!

  19. Can't wait to get my hands on these! SO many possibilities…especially with the glue gun. OH, I hope, I hope I win one 🙂

  20. Mellowood Gallery

    WOW! the magic stamps are wonderful – so much fun and creativity. I can't wait to try them. I also look forward to checking out your Fb page.

  21. Don't know what I'm doing wrong: I can't get any good images in my magic foam… They all come out so shallow. These blue blocks of foam are advertised as being "sensitive" and easily picking up textures, but I find that to be totally untrue. The images they pick up are so shallow they are hardly stampable. These where a huge WASTE OF MONEY.

  22. Els Andrée Wiltens

    I could not find this in your post, but did you know you can use a block over and over again by just heating it?
    It such a great stuff!

  23. I am an Utter Newbie with Gelli Printing!! And am so excited having seen this blog about your Magic Foam!! I LOVE anything "magical" so am really looking forward to not jut playing with these Oh-My-Goodness block, but in using them to fine tune a whole new artistic expression of my Joy of Creating!! I would LOVE to win these.

  24. Looking forward to trying gelli plates!!! The magic stamps seem like a natural partner- looking forward to playing with both!

  25. This is just what I’m looking for. I wrote a couple of childrens books and i want to create cover blocks for the front, middle and internal pictures for the books

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