Monday, 25 November 2019

Gell Plate Tape Embellishments for Christmas

Christmas cards with Gelli plate and sticky tape embellishments

Hi everyone. It's my final week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp. Thanks to the team for having me, it has been great to be back! This week the theme is Tape. I decided to try an old technique using a Gelli Plate and Sticky tape to create some embellishments for Christmas cards.
 There are quite a few videos out there on this technique - most recently from Birgit Koopsen. I used both normal sellotape and also clear parcel tape so I had different thicknesses to work with.

I started brayering bits of paint (I used Dina Wakley) onto the gel plate, followed by stamping in both paint and archival ink. I predominantly used Psychedelic Grunge from Tim Holtz. It is important if you want to use Mica later to leave some space on the plate - just random gaps that will be filled later.

I then took my selected tape and placed across the plate in strips - ensuring it is lightly burnished to remove any air. When you remove the tape the paint and mark making is transferred to the tape. I then brushed mica powder into any spaces - its hard to see in the photos but it adds some Festive shimmer sparkle!

The mica removes the stickiness that is left on the tape so I used Matte medium to adhere to white card before die cutting or hand cutting shapes for my Christmas cards.

I cut my tree and presents by hand and punched a little star for top. The greeting is from Tim Holtz Scribbly Christmas.

The bauble was cut with a die from my stash and the banners hand cut.

Again simple shapes were hand cut to create my present.

I hope you like my little cards. Thanks again to the Simon Says Stamp team for having me for the month! 


  1. Oh WOW Nikki!! what a gorgeous set of cards!! I love how you used tape and a gelli plate to make the background designs, such an inspiration!! ❤️

    Thanks so much for joining us in the spotlight this month!! Your creations every week have been just AWESOME!! :-) I hope we get to do this again soon :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Fantastic project, Nikki!! Love how you made your own tape on the gelli plate, and turned it into these wonderful designs for your Christmas cards! It's been a joy working with you this month, Maura

  3. Genius! These are so cool... I love the gelli/tape technique - what a fabulous look, especially the blue ones (but then I would think that) with that glorious shimmer of silver. I love the bright taped shapes against the simply decorated kraft - so clever. Congrats on another inspirational project. Off to track down some clear parcel tape...
    Alison x

  4. Nikki, these are just so beautiful! I love your background papers and the pop of color against the kraft cards. Stunning and unique designs. Biggest congratulations on being a SSS guest. Hugs, Autumn


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