Gel Plate Stamping

by Jess Francisco

Use a mini gel plate and ink sprays for monoprinting. Tutorial courtesy of our friends at Ranger Ink!



  1. Step 1

    Place a small round gel plate on an acrylic block. Using Distress Oxide Sprays in your chosen colors, lightly mist the gel plate. (This works best if you concentrate one color on each half of the gel plate and the colors blend together in the middle.)

  2. Step 2

    Use the Distress Sprayer to lightly mist your Distress Oxide Sprays on the gel plate. This will help the color blend together nicely. A tiny bit of water is plenty!

  3. Step 3

    Flip the acrylic block over and carefully stamp the gel plate on to the card front (Card front measurement: 4” x 5.25” ). Don't press too hard or your ink will bleed outside of the gel plate shape on your cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Embellish the card as desired. For the sample, the cat image was stamped, colored with alcohol markers and fussy cut, then adhered to the card front with a sentiment.

  5. Step 5

    Complete the card.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Really fun idea. I had a 8 1/2 x 11 gel plate that I wasn't using so I cut it into different shapes.
muscrat  |  Sun Mar 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM
Such a fun and easy background technique, thanks for sharing!
jheyer  |  Wed Mar 31, 2021 at 8:18 AM
Such a whimsical look and fun, easy technique, too!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Mar 31, 2021 at 9:12 AM
I love my gel plates (I have several) but I do find the mists 'leak' so I don't get a crisp image. I use my oxide ink pads dabbed onto the gel plate with a smoothie and very lightly misted with a fine water spray (centre only if possible) to get a good image.
janetannc  |  Wed Mar 31, 2021 at 12:50 PM

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