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. I've been seeing Geli printing used all over for so many projects. Such a fun technique! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Sweet! I love making smaller artistic designs and this Gelli Plate size would be perfect for that. Loved the video. So very inspirational! Thank you for this give away opportunity and Happy Holidays to you all. 🙂

  3. Thanks for all the helpful and inspiring videos. Truly a delight! I would love win this give away and thank you for the opportunity.

    Lesley LAFS

  4. Love this tutorial and the creative ideas. I must go play. Thank you for sharing and also for a chance to win wonderful goodies to create with!

  5. You run the best contests! Most generous and creative. I'm new to Gelli, but lovin' it. Thank you for the opportunity, and the great info you provide. Bev Hilton

  6. I love working on tags and these techniques are great. Now, I just need a Gelli plate. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  7. OMG 2 of my favorite things, tags and gelli printing. How wonderful. Love it all and learned that I HAVE to have two more things – a Zig Wink of Stella Pen and those really great rubbing plates. Big smile here.

  8. Wow, this is timely. I have been in a tag making frenzy, and was thinking about trying my gelli plate with them. I also just bought a plate for a friend too. Thanks so much for the great tutorials!

  9. Sandra @Alchemy(Art-Memories)

    I want this giveaway so bad! I just finished a fun time of printing with my gelli plate with my 11 yr old niece. She loves it too…I need a second plate to keep printing with her. Today we both shared my 8×10 plate… would be so much fun to have two plates 🙂 No waiting for my turn…lol LOVE, LOVE this product.

  10. Jeanette Hegaard Hansen

    Looks like a Nice beginner project – i Will like to win the set to try out the gelli plate.

  11. Oh! I am so glad that I am making my comments before the deadline. I would hate to miss a chance to win….. The video was great. I do want to win as it would be my favorite Christmas gift. Come on Santa!

  12. Found your blog from lifeimitatesdoodles. So many good ideas. I have been making gel blocks from gelatin. Saving them in the fridge, don't ask what they look like after about 3 weeks. Trash can! Quick! Would love to win a REAL Gelli Print Set.

  13. New to Gelli prints, thank you for the tutorials. Can't wait to figure out new techniques. Would love the give away.

  14. think my comment was eaten :/

    need to try this with all the blank tags and banners i have laying around gathering dust 🙂

  15. I am addicted to my Gelli plate! Spend many wonderful creative hours having fun with it. Wishing all a happy, healthy new year!

  16. A great video as usual. Can't wait to try this. Would love to win this prize. Thanks for the opportunity. Someone will get an early Christmas present!

  17. I love, love, love my Gelli Plate and I love learning new and different ways to use it and be creative. My grandchildren love working with me when I get it out to do my printing. Would love to win anything!

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