Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Earth Day!


Welcome to the Gel Press Earth Day Blog Hop!  We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press.  Have you thought of making Gel Press Prints on old maps?  What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our designers have come up with for this hop.  

We will be giving away a prize again for the comments on the Gel Press Blog.  Comment on what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20 - April 24.  The winner will be announced April 25th on our FB Page and on Gel Press Junkies FB page!  Good Luck!


Today I have an easy tutorial using the 8" Round Gel Press to make artsy labels for use in organizing craft supplies, for my handmade laundry detergent and lotion, and even cards and art projects!

Gel Press Labels
In honor of Earth Day, I made a tutorial on my blog a few days ago about how I make my laundry detergent.  You wouldn't believe how much money I save and how easy it is!  Plus, I am not buying dozens of plastic containers that pollute our oceans. Find out more about it here.
Lavender Laundry Detergent with Gel Press Labels
I used Avery labels in a couple of different sizes, including round, and the 8" Round Gel Press to make them.  You can even custom print them on their website, Avery.com.  


I pulled out some smaller rubber stamps and stencils along with heavy body paints.  I'm also using embossing folders on the Gel plate for this project because the designs are smaller and will show up well on the labels. I am using the 8" round Gel Plate.  Why, you ask?  Read more to find out. 


Step 1
Put three shades of green paint onto the 8"round Gel Plate and brayer.  


Step 2
Press an embossing folder into the Plate. I just have to stop here and tell you how much I LOVE using these folders on the Gel Plate.  You need to try it if you haven't yet! Using the embossed and debossed sides results in a cool positive and negative effect that is hard to get with any other tool.  Don't forget to clean the folder asap.  


Step 3
Grab a sheet of labels and press down onto the Plate. I printed in the middle of the label sheet.


Step 4
Print the edges of the label sheet, adding more paint (repeat step 1) when needed.  


Here is the reason that I chose the round Gel Plate instead of the 8"x 10" Gel Plate: some of the labels peeled off when I tried to print the whole sheet in one pull on the rectangle plate.  Using the round plate seemed to work much better since I was printing smaller areas.  The 6" x 6" or 5" x 7" Gel Press would work well for this project also.  


Step 5
After cleaning my plate with a baby wipe, I printed another label sheet using purples, pressing a dandelion stamp into the plate.  



Step 6
I use the rubber stamp with purple paint from the Gel Plate to stamp onto the green label sheet. Using the Gel Plate is an excellent way to "ink" up your stamps.  


After the label sheets are completely dry, I printed a few of them using Avery.com, which allows me to customize individual labels using their templates.  


I gel printed a couple more sheets of labels and made some cards with them. 


And organized some art supplies too!


To see how I make my homemade laundry detergent, go to this blog post.


Don't forget to visit the blog hoppers and see their Gel Press projects.  Then go to the Gel Press Blog and comment for a chance to win a round Gel Plate!
Bix 
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Thanks for visiting today! 
Kathy

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16 comments:

  1. Love this! Creating your own is the way to go! A real printing press! Great ideas for Earth Day

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  2. Well done and love the labels!

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  3. Love it......very pretty prints!

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  4. Very interesting to use the round plate for the labels.

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  5. Love using the embossing folder!

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  6. I love this ideaaaaaaa and I am definitely stealing it for happy mail

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  7. What a fabulous idea!thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wonderful way to add oomph to those labels!

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  9. How fun! Love how you did these!

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  10. Thanks for all the comments!!!!!! Love it!

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  11. Great color combinations and a great idea for labels too!

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  12. Gonna try this! Happy Earth Day!!

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  13. Beautiful labels and cards ! Thank you for sharing your creativity and the step by step tutorial !

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