Gel (Water) Card

by Beate Johns

This is a wonderful touch and feel card. No one can resist to play with it for a bit! You will definitely WOW the recipient of this card.


  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper (optional)
  • Ziploc™ bag ( 3" square bag used here)
  • Hair gel
  • Circle Nestabilities™ die or other circular die or punch
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong double sided adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Squeeze some hair gel into your ziploc™ bag. Only add enough to cover the inside of the bag. Too much gel might cause the bag to "pop" later on.

  2. Press excess air out of the bag, close it and spread the gel evenly over the entire inside of the bag.

  3. Step 2

    Adhere and decorate your card front layers.

  4. Step 3

    Cut a window into your layers with your circle die.

  5. Step 4

    Turn your card front around and add Scor-Tape™ around your window.

  6. Step 5

    Adhere your gel bag over the opening.

  7. Step 6

    Create a scene for behind your gel bag window.

  8. Step 7

    Adhere your scene behind the window..

  9. Step 8

    Adhere the layers to your card front with dimensionals and finish decorating the card.

    If you plan to send a gel card through the mail, use a padded envelope to prevent the gel bag from popping.



    A whole different hole
    As an alternative to punching or cutting an oval-shaped hole, you can also cut out the inside of an image of a container, such as the bag or jar stamps from the SU! "All Wrapped Up" set.

    Small stuff
    Place small items inside the gel.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gel (Water) Card. 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.

brilliant idea! Just love it!
Debbie Buckland  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 11:06 AM
this card is too cute!!! Can't wait to try it. Very neat idea. It reminds me of the gel stickers I used to collect as a kid.
melanie keenan  |  Thu Apr 3, 2008 at 11:06 AM
I can't wait to try this card! However, I can't find the small ziploc bags. Where can I get them?
Melissa  |  Tue Apr 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

I bought them at Walmart and Michaels before. Check the Jewelery section of the stores.
beate  |  Tue Apr 8, 2008 at 4:47 PM
I found the bags at Wal-Mart. Thanks! Do you have any tips for making the card more level? I end up with a big bump where the zip-loc part of the bag is. The bag and paper don't stick to that side as well and my eyelets want to pull out. Overall, it just looks and feels a little lopsided.
Melissa  |  Tue Jun 3, 2008 at 12:54 PM
Maybe you used too much gel in your bag? Did you try adding dimensionals behing your image to level the layers out? If you do that, use brads instead of eyelets to hold the layers together.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue Jun 3, 2008 at 12:56 PM
Wow! Thanks for the fun card tutorial. I made one and you can see it on my blog here:
Rachelle  |  Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM
I think this card is great but I am unable to find Ziploc bags without anything on them. Could you please let me know where I can get some from??
Kobie  |  Sun Jul 6, 2008 at 4:07 AM
you can buy these smaller bags in the jewelery department of Hobby stores.
beate  |  Sun Jul 6, 2008 at 7:31 AM
What other cards could you make besides fish and at the shore, etc.
I have done this on the scanner bed only with a little water in the plastic bag. It worked good.
Florence  |  Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 3:39 PM
florence- there is a fun one in the gallery that is used for water in a flower vase. You could also use it for the contents of coctail glasses or other beverages.
Rachelle  |  Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 4:49 AM
I cant wait to try this. Very interesting tutorial!
Esther  |  Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 4:09 PM
Has anyone used bath gel for this? That's all I had to use 'cause I didn't want to go out and buy hair gel just for this -- and when I did use that I was criticized in front of my customers for using this and this individual insisted over and over again that hair gel should be used rather than bath gel..
Wicked Wahine  |  Tue Jun 2, 2009 at 10:12 PM
What a great idea! I am going to scan a beach picture on the cardstock and then stamp with beach stamps and make it into a picture in a frame-I can't wait. Thanks so much for the idea.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 3:13 AM
What a cute card! I tried making one and loved it. Thanks for the great idea!
s.santy  |  Wed Aug 5, 2009 at 11:56 AM
I used a drop of blue food dye to get an ocean color.
Lucy  |  Wed Apr 6, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Great Idea...Haven't used anything like hair gel in years. If there is a choice, I'd be sure to get a non-toxic gel....wondering if anti-bacterial gel would work as well? Thanks for the looks great!
Karen  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 5:24 AM
I think that would work as well as long as it has enough air bubbles in the gel. Those make the card more interesting.
Beate  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 5:32 AM
What a lovely idea thank you for sharing. can't wait to try it for my self. thank you.
Mamare  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 5:51 AM
Where did you buy the koi fish stamps?
Beatriz Eugenia  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 8:05 AM

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