Easy and Fun — Printing With Gelli Arts® on Tags!

Gelli® prints make great tags, cards and ATCs! Watch this video demonstration for ideas on creating fun small prints!

When you print on paper that’s smaller than the painted gel plate, you’re creating a bleed print. That means the printed image is the entire paper, right up to and including the edges … no borders.

Making a bleed print — or in this case, printing tags — couldn’t be easier:

    1. Place your tags on the painted gel plate
    2. Place a cover sheet over the plate
    3. Rub to transfer the paint
    4. Remove the cover sheet
    5. Pull your printed tags

The cover sheet picks up the paint from the areas on the plate that weren’t covered by the tag. In fact, the cover sheet is a masked print of the negative space around the tags. 

Also — use the cover sheets to pick up the ghost image after the tags are removed … and you’ll see how interesting cover sheets can become!

Cover sheets make great beginnings, so keep using them over and over. 

And here’s a fun technique for adding rubber stamped images to gel printed tags!

This technique calls for some unprinted areas on your tags. You can achieve this simply with torn paper masks. Follow these easy steps for fun results!

  1. Apply acrylic paint to the plate and roll out with a brayer.
  2. Place torn pieces of paper (masks) onto the painted plate, which will create unprinted areas in your print.
  3. Leave masks on the plate and place the tags onto the painted plate.
  4. Cover the plate with a sheet of paper that’s larger than the plate.
  5. Rub the paper to transfer the paint — and remove the cover sheet. (keep using the cover sheet as long as the paint is dry)
  6. Remove the tags and let the paint dry completely.

TIP:  Acrylic paint acts as a resist. It must be completely dry before continuing to the next step.

Ink a stamp with a dye stamp pad (such as Distress or Adirondack — both by Ranger) — and stamp onto the masked area on your tag. The stamped image can overlap onto painted areas.

With a damp paper towel, wipe stamped ink off the acrylic paint. Acrylic paint resists the stamp pad ink, and the stamped image will remain only in the masked area. 

Note: The stamp ink may smear or blend into the unpainted paper, giving it color! The stamp image remains.

It’s fun to continue embellishing the stamp images with colored pencils or markers. But for special glittery effects, try the Wink of Stella brush pens by Zig! They add a subtle touch of superfine glitter … and offer the easiest way to add some sparkle to your print! With no mess! The brush tip allows for delicate lines as well as broader coverage. They can lend a touch of magic to a small print, like a tag!

Want to give it a try? Our extra-fun giveaway will have you making sparkly tags in no time!

This Contest is officially CLOSED

We have a winner! The random generator picked Vicki Romaine! Congrats to Vicki and a huge THANKS to all who commented and shared their fun artwork with us over the past few days on our FB page. Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!


This fabulous prize package includes:

      • One (1) — 6″ x 6″ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
      • One (1) — Speedball 4″ Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer
      • One (1) — set of three (3) Wink of Stella Brush Markers
      • One (1) — set of four (4) clear stamps by Inkadinkadoo
      • One (1) — Distress Ink Pad
      • Two (2) — Rubbing Plates by Cedar Canyon
      • Twenty (20) — Blank Manilla Tags

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment HERE ON THE BLOG!!

Comments (as your entry!) will be accepted until 12pm (noon) EST Monday, December 23rd. Leave your comment NOW!!

This Contest is officially CLOSED

have a winner! The random generator picked Vicki Romaine! Congrats to
Vicki and a huge THANKS to all who commented and shared their fun
artwork with us over the past few days on our FB page.

One lucky winner will be selected AT RANDOM and announced no later than 5pm EST on Monday, December 23rd. The winner will be announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page!

For more wonderful examples of Gelli printed Tags or ATC’s, check out our Pinterest Boards loaded with thousands of examples from Gelli printers who live all over the world. Please share your Gelli printed Tags or ATC’s with us on Facebook too!

Good luck … and Happy Printing!

500 thoughts on “Easy and Fun — Printing With Gelli Arts® on Tags!”

  1. This looks like a fun craft that I could even involve my young children in. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  2. What a wonderful Christmas present that would be! Thaks so much for the chance to win. Love the gelli plate projects!

  3. Hello & Merry Christmas!! What a fun filled gift package! Thank you so much for the generous opportunity!! ~H♥~

  4. I love the beautiful artwork that is created with gelli prints and would love to win some products to get me started. I can totally see this becoming an addiction for me. 🙂 Crossing my fingers.

  5. This would get the New year off to a big creative shot in the arm. Been too busy lately to find my muse. Thank you Yay!

  6. Winning this would make my year! I have just started art journalling after a head on car wreck has left me unable to work till all my surgeries are done, so I find I have alot of time on my hands and this art journalling has been the best therapy ever!

  7. I was trying to tell a friend what a gelli plate was and sent her a link to this tutorial. I think she's intrigued. I would really love to win the giveaway.

  8. oh, I love seeing everything folks are doing with this. I hope I get this as a Christmas present from you. 🙂

  9. Grateful..I am making a spot for it..I will share..Pick me, please..Love the tags..and the blog..TY!TY!!

  10. Well, I thought I only wanted the 8×10 size, but now I NEED the 6×6 LOL! Love the tags and thanks for the chance to win!

  11. your site has so many wonderful and inspirational ideas and videos. thanks for the opportunity to win this prize 🙂 and congrats to whoever does 🙂

  12. I would love to win this as the little gelli plate is the only one I don't own. I have the 8 x 10, 11 x 14 and the round. I love them all.

  13. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! What a wonderful time of the year and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year. Thank you Gelli Arts for a wonderful year of creativity!!

  14. Those tags are gorgeous! Love gelli plate! It would be awesome to win the giveaway. Thanks for the video!

  15. I don't think I can win because I'm living in the Netherlands, but I like the video and the tutorial! Awesome to see!
    Zalige Kerst en een gelukkig nieuwjaar. (Blessed Xmas and a happy new year)

  16. Tag me, tag ME!!! I'm happy to be "it"!
    Merry Christmas! Thank you for your giving spirit all year long! I'm so happy that Gelli Arts came into my life in 2013, and look forward to a creative, Gelli-printed 2014. 😀

  17. Someone has to win, but the odds are long with 490+ entries! Would love to win, I really need that brayer, thanks all the videos you have done, I will study them again and get going with my plate!

  18. ye owwww zaaaaaa, I knew that case of 1000 tags would come in handy some day! Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win. I have been art journalling since my car accident back in march, its great therapy for me, and gives me a sense of pleasure that isnt found alot lately with all the surgeries.

  19. Merry Christmas Gelli Arts! I will be spending time in my artroom over the holidays printing, printing, printing!

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