Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Easy Gel Printing with Transfer Foil Details

Today, I’m sharing a video on adding deco foil transfer sheets to gel prints. The process is super quick and easy, except when waiting for the transfer gel to dry! I’m not a patient person when it comes to waiting for glue to dry so you’ll see the different (yet acceptable) looks that occur when it’s rushed.

I made all these amazing backgrounds using a gel printing plate, acrylic paint set and brayer. From the six colours, I used red, blue, black and white. White is an important colour when it comes to gel printing because it wicks any remaining colours left on the gel plate. I ended up with five usable prints but I chose varying saturations to turn into cards – dark, medium and light.

On this first card, the darkest of the three, I created my own stencil using the three flower dies from Painted Florals Dies. I used a palette knife to add transfer gel to the gel printed panel. Then I applied a sheet of gold deco foil. The instructions for the transfer gel say to let the gel dry for an hour before applying the foil but I couldn’t wait. The foil does transfer where the gel is thinner and driest quickly so allowed it to transfer where it could and give it a bit more time where it didn’t. Either way, I love the way the flowers turned out to look like roses.

All of the heat foiled sentiments use the Casual Greetings Hot Foil Stamp. These were previously done in bulk prior to release week so I just used the leftovers in my stash. The banner sentiments are from the Casual Taglines Stamp Set. While both sets work well on their own, they are meant to be used together.

I created a custom stencil for my third card using the leaves from Painted Florals Dies and my impatience made them look more like cheetah spots but the effect is still cool. I used two of the Folk Heart Dies on Azalea cardstock to create a frame for the heat foiled sentiment.

Thanks so much for watching!


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  • Reply Lagene March 13, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Wonderful cards, thanks for sharing about using transfer gell on the gelli plate, I hadn’t thought about that.

  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 March 13, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Emily, these are gorgeous!

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