Gel Plate Impressionism

by Lydia Fiedler

Create impressionistic images with a gel plate, alcohol and Distress Oxides.


  • Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Gel printing plate (3x5 Gel Press plate used here)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Stamps (Altenew Sketchy Cities America used here)
  • Dye or pigment ink (Versafine Clair Pinecone used here)


  1. Step 1

    Set up a gel printing plate on the MISTI. If you don't have a MISTI, just set the gel plate flat on a smooth, clean surface. Choose a few Distress Oxide ink colors, and if using a MISTI, position your cardstock using a bit of temporary adhesive, so that the gel plate will contact the cardstock when you close the lid.

  2. Step 2

    Apply Distress Oxide ink to the plate directly from the ink pad.

  3. Step 3

    Continue with bands of ink until the plate is covered.

  4. Step 4

    Ink up your chosen stamp with a dark dye or pigment ink so that it's ready to go for the next step.

  5. Step 5

    Lightly mist the inked gel plate with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. You'll see the ink color instantly become more intense.

  6. Step 6

    Quickly press inked stamp directly onto gel plate, being careful not to let it slip on the surface. Remove stamp and close the lid of the MISTI to print onto the cardstock. If not using a MISTI, place the cardstock directly onto the plate and rub gently to transfer image.

  7. Step 7

    Remove paper from gel plate to see your print.

  8. Step 8 (Optional)

    Finish your card.

  9. Experiment with different ink colors and images.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gel Plate Impressionism. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Where do you get a gel press.
Phyllis  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 4:42 AM
I bought a Gel Press at Hobby Lobby and have yet to use it! I just received a challenge from my stamping friends to give it a try and teach them about it when we meet next. Thanks for the tutorial. Excited to try this! Beautiful!
Sandee  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 5:26 AM
Love this -- thanks for the prompt to actually TRY using the gel press plate that I had to have...
Vicki Doyle  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 6:38 AM
Like you, I wow-ed out loud! Super cool technique. Canít wait to try it!
Nan  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 7:59 AM
Wow, Lydia, this is a really neat technique, and what magic indeed! Just love how you've used the MISTI for it too. I love Lovely As A Tree and think it's a great one to use this technique. Will have to try this one. Thanks so much for the great step-outs and the video! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 9:16 AM
Lydia, this is fabulous! I do wonder if the alcohol can dry or damage the gel plate. Do you clean it with anything special to remove the alcohol or just use water?
TexasKatie  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 11:06 AM
What exactly is a gel press? And... are you using standard rubbing alcohol?
Looks like a fun technique to try. Thanks
Miss Kitty  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 12:19 PM
Hey there...another fun technique with the Gel Press. Will do this for sure. Awesome!!!!!
Sarah Wold  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 2:31 PM
A gel plate is a soft, durable pad for mono-printing. You can buy them ready-made, or make your own out of gelatin for about $5 and they work extremely well. I also wonder if the alcohol would work against the mineral oils in the store-bought Gelli plates? I guess if you wipe it off pretty quickly and don't do it too often, no harm done.

Aside from all that, it's a fabulous technique! I love the watery effect and stamping onto the Gelli plate is a wonderful twist. TYVM!
Renata  |  Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 2:59 PM
Saw the plate on sale at a small crafts supply shop online and ordered it. Waiting for the gel plate to arrive so I can try it out. Loved the tutorial. So simple and well explained. Many thanks for these great ideas.
eb  |  Fri Jun 22, 2018 at 10:45 AM
I bought a gel plate for myself and one for a friend for Christmas. I don't think either one of us has used it yet. I know I haven't. I am going to try this technique. I love the impressionistic look it gives the print! It's going to be fun to try it anyway!
Pat Vilbaum  |  Wed Jun 27, 2018 at 8:52 AM

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