Making Foam Texture Plates for Gelli ® Prints!

When you want to create prints with your own original designs, consider making reusable flexible foam texture plates! Watch this video and see how easy it is!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carpet tape (available at home improvement stores)
  • Craft foam (regular thin foam works well)
    Note: Craft foam is also available with sticky-back adhesive. It costs more, but eliminates the need for carpet tape.
  • X-acto knife, straight edge, and self-healing cutting mat (or other cutting surface)
  • Scissors and punches (note: fancy edge scissors are great for this!)

Here’s how to make a foam texture plate:

  1. Cut your foam substrate to size. I usually make it about the size of my Gelli® plate. You can also create smaller stamp-like plates.
  2. Apply strips of carpet tape to your substrate. Trim tape from edges with an X-acto
    knife. Or — use craft foam that already has sticky-back adhesive … and skip the carpet tape step!
    Note: Carpet tape is extremely sticky, gummy stuff . It can mess up your cutting tools — and you may need to clean them with an adhesive remover, like Goo Gone.
  3. Cut regular (no adhesive) craft foam into various shapes. Use fancy-edge scissors and punches to add more detail.
    Note: It’s easier to cut your shapes from foam that has no adhesive on it — and your scissors and punches stay clean. That’s why I prefer the adhesive only on the foam substrate 🙂
  4. Arrange and press foam design elements onto the sticky surface. Your texture plate is ready to use.

To create your Gelli® prints:

  1. Apply paint to your Gelli® plate. Use a brayer to roll paint into thin layer.
  2. Press the foam texture plate into the layer of paint — and remove it. (It will leave an impression in the paint)
  3. Cover the painted plate with paper, rub to transfer the paint — and pull your print. Leave the paint on the foam plate to use for your next print.
  4. Apply more paint to your Gelli® plate. A contrasting color usually works well. Press the the painted foam plate into the painted Gelli® plate. Some of the previous color should transfer to the gel plate. Cover with paper and pull your print.

Keep layering the prints. When the images are slightly out of registration, it can create an exciting visual vibration 🙂

Since the foam plate is flexible, you can bend it to press only part of it into the gel plate — which gives you even more creative options!

Your foam texture plate is also an excellent stamp! Roll a layer of paint on it with a brayer and stamp the image on some prints! Double the fun!

Have fun making your own designs! You’ll enjoy using your texture plates over and over! And they’re so easy to stack and store!


Looking for design inspiration? If you’re not familiar with notan — a Japanese design principle based on the placement of light and dark — please take a look at our Pinterest Board: “Inspired by Notan”. That’ll get you going 🙂 Notan is a perfect concept to keep in mind when creating foam texture plates!


Areas between the design elements on the foam texture plate remain sticky. When the texture plate is pressed into a painted Gelli® plate, some of these areas will become coated with paint and lose their stickiness. You can brush or sponge a thin layer of paint or gesso onto any remaining sticky areas to get rid of the tackiness, if desired.

I’ve also used a soft paintbrush and dusted the sticky areas of foam texture plates with Perfect Pearls and Pearl-ex, adding a little mica sparkle in the process 🙂 Baby powder works, too.

You can use a foam texture plate to create a series!

Or have fun embellishing your prints!

And now for the Giveaway!!!

This time I am giving away a 6″x6″ Gelli® plateAND … a set of 4 original one-of-a-kind foam texture plates — made by me!

Each foam texture plate is a 6×6 inch square. The foam texture plates have been dusted with Perfect Pearls to eliminate the sticky areas 🙂 So they sparkle, too!

Our one lucky winner will be randomly selected on Friday – February 1st, and announced here and on our Facebook page.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page.

Want a better chance to win? Join Gelli® on Pinterest and let us know — you’ll be entered twice! If you’re already following us on Pintrest, tell us and we’ll count you in for a second chance!

Good luck and Happy Printing!

Don’t forget – come find Gelli Arts® on Pinterest and check out our Notan Inspiration Board!


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220 thoughts on “Making Foam Texture Plates for Gelli ® Prints!”

  1. I've made foam plates before but hadn't thought to use it on my gelli. Thank you for all your wonderful demos. Just love the gelli plate.

  2. I'm in! And I just started following you on Pinterest, wonder why I did't do it earlier? Your tips and turorials here are always so inspiring!

  3. Very cool – can't wait to try this. I'm sharing my mom's gelli plate, so would love to have my own! Oh, and I also follow you on Pinterest.

  4. Judy Sall Fiber Art

    I really love what you showed in the video demo, and would love to be considered for your giveaway! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. papillon digital design

    What a great great idea and love the video demo. Thank you for both the video and for a great giveaway.

  6. MarveLes Art Studios

    I'm so excited to find you guys on pinterest so I followed you there… and these foam plates are so daggone cool! Love your designs; and thank you for offering them!

  7. Hello ! Iam a gelli addict too, and I follow you on Pinterest since a few months. I've made some texture plates with my old chipboards alphabets and I used them for my greeting cards.
    I'll post a photo on your facebook page …
    Thanks for all the great videos, tutorials and posts.

  8. I'd love to have a Gelli Plate! I've enjoyed watching your video's and the creativity you share. I am fairly new at Mixed Media – am having a major love affair with it. I've yet to make anything that really speaks to me, just pushing forward…. Thank you for all you inspiration!

  9. Please , more blogs!! Love your ideas and love your product. It has been a great way to pass many bad weather days.

  10. I am new to mixed media and the gelli plate intrigues me! I also am now following you on pinterest and fb! Thanks

  11. Wow! In cleaning up this past weekend I discovered a pack of craft foam. This blog post is pure serendipity for me! Thanks so much!!

  12. geez louise! I'm always learning so much MORE that can be done with my fave geli plate. GREAT post! It gave me about 100 new ideas. thank you!

  13. I was given my gelli plate for xmas and am having soooo much fun I would luv to win . tkx for all these great new ideas and this fab product <3

  14. I wonder why I haven't heard of Gelli Arts before? I think I have been hiding under a rock or too immersed in my own projects, but it looks like a WONDERFUL process that I can't wait to try. The 6" x 6" plate looks like a perfect size to print on origami paper. I hope I win it 😉

  15. I have been LURKING around here forever. I would LOVE a gelli plate…
    Also, your inspirational videos are absolutely fab!

    Thank you for making them for us to be inspired by!

  16. I would LOVE to win a Gelli plate as they look awesome!! I would love to get my hands on one and have a wonderful time playing with it lol!! Janene McAnally

  17. As an elementary art teacher, I am always looking for ways to expedite the printmaking process with my students. Your wonderful creation would make that possible for me and my students. Thanks so much for offering this give-away!

    Pat Stevens:)

  18. I loved the video and can't wait to try making my own foam print plates! Thanks for the great ideas and a chance to win!

  19. Wow Joan! Your texture plates are super cool. What an inspirational idea. I will definitely be getting my craft foam out to create my own. Would be absolutely thrilled to receive original texture plates from you, though. Your designs are stunning. Fingers crossed, Theresa.

  20. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway. I really, really hope I win one. I know my card group will want one too after they see what they can make. I am dying to have one of the Gelli Plates. The texture plates are great too….what a prize!

  21. This is really fun stuff! I received my big plate today and would enjoy having the whole set. Off to join you on pinterest!!

  22. Thanks for the chance to win a Gelli plate & some custom texture plates.Off to join you on pinterest.
    Fab Video

  23. I can't tell you how much I love my gelli plate! This is a great video with a lot of great ideas. Please keep them coming! And thank you for your generous give-aways!

  24. LOVE it! the designs are amazing – and i did follow you on pinterest too – such great inspiration there! what a wonderful post and thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

  25. Lorrie Jonas' creations

    wow look at all the comments, I dream about jellie plates.. They are so on my wish list.. Thank You for the chance to win!!

  26. Looks so fun! Thank you for the chance to win a Gelli. I'm following on Pintrest, too! Good luck everyone!

  27. Rockin Robin Caldwell

    I follow you on Pinterest and get FB updates too. Hope I win! I bought the largest gelli plate and have actually been thinking about cutting it down! I'm dragging my heels on that idea and trying to resist temptation! 🙂 Hugs, Rockin Robin Caldwell.

  28. I ordered the two sizes of gelli plates ready for starting to use for the international creative challenge "Thing-a day". I've been looking out for them in the UK so was delighted to find them.
    They're still pristine and new but this will all change tomorrow! I've been following for tips and created some texture plates today in preparation after seeing this video. So excited to start playing!

  29. Jay at The Depp Effect

    The more I see of the Gelli Arts printing plate, the more I want to try it! Having watched this tutorial, I am only sorry that the local craft store is closed for the day, because now I want to go and buy sticky backed foam sheets, too!

  30. This is soooooo awesome! I can't wait to play with the Gelli plate. Thanks for the chance to win. I just started to follow you on Pintrest too! The combos are so variable that you just got zillions of different prints. So excited.

  31. Waiting for my gelli plate to be delivered. Ordered the 8×10 but would love to have a small one, too! Can't wait, I'm so excited.

  32. I love my gelli plate, can't wait to get the big one, but that is still in the future, meantime I am having fun

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