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.

You can find the stamp set at Flourishes.
beate  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM
Wow!!! will definitely try this! thanks so much for sharing!
parvathi Mahtani  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM
Members Mark (Sam's) has clear hand cleaner....maybe? add a touch of food coloring...great bubbles in liquid!
scramper  |  Thu Sep 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM
You can get the bags at JoAnn's, Michael's and most craft stores. Check in with jewelry or bead supplies.
Virginia  |  Thu Sep 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM
These are fun to make but don't take them on an airplane or mail them where they have to fly the mail. The pressure tends to pop the bag. I learned this the hard way.
Margie  |  Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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