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Using Gel Prints to Make a Holiday Card

Using gel prints to make a holiday card tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What can you do with a stack of papers made while gel printing?  One thing is make a fun and fast holiday card. In the video, you’ll see how it was inspired by a sweater and that there was not a thought of measuring.  After all, I’m not a precise type of card maker.

Watch Using gel prints to make a holiday card on YouTube.

Getting started gel printing step-by-stepIf you’re brand new to gel printing or just curious how it works, I created a video walking you step-by-step through the process plus there is a downloadable guide.

Start with a printed papers.  Making a print is fast on gel plate so I had plenty to choose from.  The patterns on these papers were made by using StencilGirl stencils on a Gel Press Plate.

Using gel prints to make a holiday card tutorial by Carolyn Dube

With a precision that would make Swiss watchmakers cringe, cut little strips of the paper.  They’d cringe because there is zero accuracy with this. Make them any size you want and each one being different is a plus here.

Then glue the strips onto a triangle cut from cardstock.  I used gel medium, but naturally, any glue will work.

Using gel prints to make a holiday card tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Just a quick snip of the scissors and it looks like the papers were made just for this tree.

Using gel prints to make a holiday card tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Next the tree needs a trunk, so it isn’t just floating out there.  This takes very little paper to create, so large sheets of paper from a gel printing session can make a zillion of these trees.

The hardest thing for me about making this card, was finding a way to take a photo of a white card on a white background. O.O.P.S! But every OOPS is an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  I had a spare gel print around to use as a photo background…and that has me thinking that a nice border around the white card could be a good thing…the next card is going to have that border!

Using gel prints to make a holiday card tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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  • Joyce madden December 16, 2016, 2:35 pm

    Great idea….I have so many Gelli prints. Also I will cut out a circle and paste pieces….Christmas ball. Thanks

  • Jean Marmo December 16, 2016, 8:21 pm

    A wonderful idea!!

  • LynneP December 18, 2016, 1:57 pm

    I love your tutorials and have learned a lot from you (I own 4 DVD’s). However, I think this tute takes the cake. I LOVE these darling cards.
    Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

  • Cody Doll December 19, 2016, 11:52 am

    Wow your tree turned out soo pretty. I can’t wait to try my own version.

  • Amanda Walden December 27, 2016, 9:52 am

    Oooh! I love this idea too for using paper scraps. So colorful and fun!!