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Sunday, January 24, 2021

{Stencil Sunday} Andrea Creates Fabulous Backgrounds with Stencils and a Gel Plate


Happy Sunday, STAMPlorations friends! It's time for another awesome and inspiring Stencil Sunday post. We have talented guest designers sharing their creations that feature ARTplorations stencils. Make sure you comment on this post for a chance at a $15 prize code. Every month, we draw 7 winners, with the winners randomly drawn from all posts published during the month. The more posts you comment on, the more chances you have.

In today's post, we have Andrea Shell sharing her last 3 cards and they are gorgeous!

Hello, again!  It's Andrea back with my last Stencil Sunday feature. I've had so much fun playing with the awesome stencils from STAMPlorations, and I hope you've enjoyed my projects!

For Christmas I received a Gel Press, and I couldn't wait to play with it! All of my projects began the same way. I first applied two colors of acrylic paint to the gel plate, spreading and mixing them with a brayer. Next, I placed a sheet of white cardstock onto the plate and smoothed it with my hands to transfer the paint. I applied a third color of paint to the plate, covered it with a stencil, and then laid down the piece of cardstock a second time.  

My first card features the Merry Go Round Stencil, which I just love. It is such a perky, festive design! I paired the stencil with a medium-pink, metallic paint from my stash. I also splattered the background with gold paint for more interest and shine.

After die-cutting my background, I adhered it to a white card with foam tape. I added die-cut and stamped sentiments and finished with a scattering of gold sequins.


For my second card, I used white paint and the All Swirls Stencil. What a fun pattern this stencil creates! I flicked black paint over the background for some drama and depth. I trimmed down the panel, inked up the edges, and adhered it to a white card.

I die-cut my focal sentiment four times - once from blue foil paper and three times from white cardstock - and layered them onto my card. I heat-embossed a companion sentiment and popped it up with foam tape. For the finishing touch, I scattered gems over the panel.


My final card showcases the gorgeous Delicate Links stencil. I just love the lacy pattern of this stencil! I first paired this stencil with silver metallic paint, but I didn't feel the pattern showed up very well, so I added white paint over it. I splattered the panel with black and silver paints, trimmed it down, and inked the edges. I matted it with black cardstock and adhered it to a white card.

I really love how this background turned out, so I decided to keep the card pretty simple so as not to detract from it. I adhered a snowflake die-cut from blue glitter paper and tied silver string around the card. I finished with a few sequins from my stash.

I hope you were inspired to give gel-plate printing with stencils a try! There are so many ways to use a gel plate, and I can't wait to delve more deeply into them!


  1. I just got a gel plate too, and it's so fun! Your cards are just beautiful using the STAMPlorations stencils! Thanks for sharing how you use the gel plate!

  2. I saw your cards on IG and love what you did with these gorgeous cards!!

  3. I LOVE the PINK and Blue ones! Great backgrounds!

  4. Very pretty backgrounds on all three. I love the snowflake card - very elegant.

  5. Love these cards! I got a gel press for Christmas, too, but haven't tried it yet. I guess I better get it out and start playing! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Love the colors and the technique. Beautiful cards!

  7. These are great looking backgrounds. I have a gel plate and have yet to try it out. Great idea shares to get started.

  8. Fabulous ways to
    use the gel press.
    Love the pink one.
    Carla from Utah

  9. I'm totally in love for these gorgeous cards!!! Great technique!!!

  10. Thanks for sharing how to make these backgrounds. I have a gel press and haven't had a chance to use it much.

  11. That is such a cool look... will have to enjoy yours since I don't have a gel plate.

  12. I absolutely love what you have done on these beautiful card's and love this technique they all turned out amazing thanks for sharing

  13. Your backgrounds and cards are fabulous!
    I have a mini gelli plate, but hope to get a larger one once my craft room gets Re-done.


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