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. This was a lot of fun to watch, for several reasons – but I especially liked your comment about your plates being dusted with Perfect Pearls to block the remaining adhesive – I was wondering how difficult that would be to eliminate and/or keep it from sticking to the Gelli Plate (especially when you bend the foam texture plate). Brilliant solution! I can't wait until I can get one of these Gelli Plates – whether it's by winning or (if luck holds) by saving up enough money!

  2. So exciting to be learning about this new technique–yes the whole gelli plate thing is new for me, so I'm learning everything I can about it. Fascinating!

  3. I tried making some prints with cutup foam like your video, it was so much fun, I would love some of your templates.

  4. I absolutely love this idea! Nothing would please me more than to win your custom textured plates and another Gelli Plate so I can do projects along with my grandson! We love Gelli printing! I'm also a follower of you on Pinterest.

  5. Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me!

    This is incredible!! I want to try this!! New background ideas….LOVE IT!! 🙂
    I'm on pinterest, too!

  6. I did try this the other night and loved the results. I'd love to have a 6×6 Gelli plate and Joan's foam templates. Thank you, Gelli Arts!

  7. I just love what you've created with these foam stamps. Iam dying to get a gelli plate buthave to wait for my birthday in April. 🙁

  8. Thanks for a chance to win! I follow on Pinterest! Would love to get my hands dirty with one of these! 🙂

  9. Wonderful inspiration! Makes me want to drop everything and go work on my gelli plate prints. Each time I visit your blog, I get so many good ideas. Keep them coming!!!

  10. Wow, what a great idea. I'm amazed at what you can do with your Gelli Plate. Thanks for the amazing giveaway too.

  11. Had my first play with a gelli plate today!!! On my blog over the last two days I've photoed my "goods gatherings" and, today, my very first attempts! I'd love if some of you could drop by 🙂

    Good luck to whoever wins …. you'll have fun!!

  12. Stunning examples of the possibilities open to us if we own a Gelli plate. And I sadly don't! But oh the things I would do if I got my hands on one! And of course I follow you on Pinterest too.

  13. I received a Gelli Plate as a Christmas gift and I'm looking forward to many happy experiments. I'd love to add playing with the foam texture plates to the mix. What a great idea. Thanks!

  14. Thank you for the great tutorial and the chance to win. I'm going to go find my stash of foam sheets and make some plates right now. P.S…I'm a follower on Pinterest.

  15. My first visit to your blog … but not my last! I am thinking about buying a gelli-plate and looking for info. I think I'm sold after your video! thanks!

  16. This is really, really neat! I have never heard of such a thing. How creative. I can't wait to try this out! I am following you on Pinterest.

  17. Awesome giveaway and tutorial! I recently purchased several foam sheets to make 'something' with and now I have my project! I am a follower on Pinterest and Facebook.

    Thank YOU! 🙂

  18. Hi I really enjoyed your demo for making foam prints. That looks like a lot of fun! I just followed you on Pinterest and I'll search on Facebook to leave you a message.

  19. Great demo for making foam prints. Cool technique. Is there a specific reason why you didn't cut the pieces out of the sticky back foam and adhere them to a non-sticky piece? Having not tried this yet, I'd think the exposed sticky might be an annoyance after a while. I'm adding you to my Pinterest and Facebook pages!

  20. Dolan Art & Photography

    Love the technique…thanks for sharing and for a chance to win…I'm also on gelli on Pinterest

  21. What an awesome idea to make your own foam plates! Like everyone else, I'm hoping to win a gelli plate to try out! Thanks ♥

  22. The Gelli plate looks like so much fun. Thank you for the chance to win this package. I'll be sure and check out the Gelli plate on Pinterest.

  23. Geli plates look like fun. I would love to know more about this.To win some would be fantastic.
    Ttthanks for the chance to be in it to win it. Margaret Price

  24. Received my 8 x 10 gelli plate yesterday and cannot wait to get some time in the studio to create with it – darn job keeping me from getting painty! Like this idea, thanks for the post and the chance to win.

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