The Road Less Traveled


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gel Press® Back To Basics Blog Hop: Easy Dimensional Punch Flowers

With all the kiddos heading back to school, Gel Press® thought we should take you back to the basics!  Please visit each blog for an idea or technique that you may or may not have seen before!  Happy Hopping!

What do you do with your finished prints?  Frame them?  Collage with them, or make something with them???  I decided to use a printed paper to make dimensional flowers!


Printed Gel Press® papers
Large Flower Petal Punch (Marvy used)
Heavy white Glue

1.  Find the paper(s) you want to use and punch at least 5 flowers from it.  The more punches, the more dimensional the flower.  The pink flower (above) has 7 or 8 punches, while the one below is 5 punches.

Optional:  Before punching print back or color back with another medium. Adds realism.  The color on back should be lighter than the front.

2.  Take each flower and gently crumple into a ball.  Then open up the flowers.  This will allow you to shape the flowers as you put them together to look dimensional.

3.  Take your best printed flower of your choice, and sort of shape it in your hands like a cup.  Add glue and insert next flower.  Close flower a little, add next flower.  Keep adding and arranging flowers so they look like cascading petals.  You can stagger each flower so the petals do not line up exactly.

When the glue has dried you can re-crunch the flower to look any way you want!

Create a lot of flowers to use for art projects!!!

4.  For this art piece, I ran printed paper through die cutter with an embossing folder.  Highlighted areas with ink.  Added collage image and wording, as well as dimensional flower after adhering to red cardstock.  All was mounted on green cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed this and the other projects on this blog.  Visit us at Gel Press Junkies on FB and “LIKE” our Gel Press® products and services page.  Follow us on Twitter & Pinterest.

Many have shared their ideas on the Gel Press ™ Junkies FB page!  Share your art!!! We’d really love to see what you create!

Cre8tivelea yours,


Thursday, July 28, 2016

EnviroTex ®Jewelry Blog Hop with Gel Press®

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ETI/Gel Press® Blog Prize!  Both Petite Sets and ETI Jewelry Resin!!!

How does one create beautiful jewelry with Gel Press®, EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin, and other items?

Here is the packaging and the website gave this information, which after my use is Totally True!

" Professional results are easy to achieve with EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin!  This product adds depth and crystal clear clarity like no other.  It visually enhances the surface on which it is applied, resulting in brighter, deeper and more intense colors.  EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin has amazing bubble release.  It is easy and fun to use and has a pleasing citrus scent!  Formulated for high resistance to light exposure and UV rays from the sun.  When cured, the resin coating is extremely durable, waterproof, heat & chemical resistant.  EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin cures to a soft cure in 12 hours, medium cure in 24 hours and hard cure in 48 hours."

A Vast Array of Gel Press® Plates for all your creative needs.

Petites Gel Press® Mono Printing Plate
EnviroTex® Jewelry Making Resin
Round Mold:  Silacone clay, or art mold, candy mold, soap mold, etc
Brayer, Paints:  Yellow and Blue
Crystal Effects:  Fine glitter by USAQ
Graphic print on vellum or any small clear collage image
Jump ring
Awl or pointed stick
Orange gel pen
Fibers: length enough to make a necklace with

1.  Print out your vellum graphic (my design), or cut your vellum collage image with scissors.  A circle punch will give you the most precise circle.  Remember:  the vellum graphic and print need to fit in the circle mold.  

2.  Create a print using one of your Petites Gel Press® plates that will fit the project.  I used more blue and a little yellow, blending out the blue, cleaning brayer on scratch paper and then brayer the yellow into the blue.  Immediately, while the paint is still wet; I sprinkle some Crystal Effects onto the surface.  Cut or punch the circle to fit the mold.  

3.  Place dried circle print into mold, and vellum image first, face down.  I accented the buttons on the guy with orange gel pen.  Then place your cut mono printed design on top.

4.  Following the package instructions, mix the two resin components, pour into another cup and pour into mold.

5.  Do not worry about bubbles.  As you see in the pouring photo, they all settle quite nicely!  If for some reason you see a bubble after you have poured, a paper clip or any thin item can pop it.  The awl will work fine too.  The product set up quite nicely.

NOTE:  For drying times, take in account the humidity in your area!  I live in a real humid state, and so I let it dry longer.  

6.  After about 1 hour or 2, I used an awl and made a hole in the top.  I pushed the awl in and for me, I left it for 15 minutes.  You can also push a finding into the resin and leave it dry that way.  I didn't have a finding handy so, this is what was done with the awl.

7.  Once the resin is set, I waited the 48 hours so that the hole set, pop it out of the mold.  I highly recommend the silicone molds.  Pliable and nothing sticks!  I know I could of left it overnight or 24 hours, but wanted to make sure it was cured.  

8. Attach the jump ring (I had a type that no pliers were required).  Thread fibers through the jump ring and tie in a knot at top.  Cut extra fiber that may hang off.  Put over your head to wear!!!

I am excited and ready to create Christmas jewelry, and other items!!!  EnviroTex® and Gel Press® are the perfect components to great art!!!

Blog Links:
Lea                                         YOU ARE HERE

Hope you enjoyed this and the other projects on this blog.  Visit us at Gel Press Junkies on FB and “LIKE” our Gel Press® products and services page.  Follow us on Twitter & Pinterest.

Many have shared their ideas on the Gel Press ™ Junkies FB page!  Share your art!!! We’d really love to see what you create!

Cre8tivelea yours,


Monday, June 27, 2016

Watercolor Markers with Gel Press®

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Gel Press® is a malleable, surface with a lot of give so that all details come out with richness!

Want to learn how to use dye based inks and watercolor markers with the Gel Press®?  Check my post on the GP blog!  Click the link and see!

This is just a little sample of what can be achieved!!!!

Experiment with mixing up prints and over printing with stencils, other stamps, etc.

Cre8tiveLea yours,   Lea

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Zentangle Blog Hop: Here Comes the Sun with Gel Press ™

Zentangle Journal Page

Welcome to the Gel Press ™ Blog Hop featuring Zentangle inspired projects by all of our great creative team.  Hop through all posts then come back here and comment on how you were inspired. One person, 18 years or older, will win a PETITE SET!  Go to the Gel Press ™ Junkies Facebook page and share your Gel Press ™ creations!  "LIKE" our product Facebook page for the latest news on All Things Gel Press ™!


4" round and 5x7 or 8x10 Gel Press ™ plate
Paint - yellow, orange, red & then shades of blue and green for journal page
Print paper of choice
Other printed images cut out
Pattern stamps and permanent ink
Grass stencil
Computer words, permanent markers
Paper towels
Scissors and glue

1.  Brayer the paint on your round plate.  Take the tip of the brush handle and draw Zentangle patterns on it.  Then print on paper of your choice.  Set aside. 

Zentangled Print

2.  On  5X7 or 8x10 plate, add a couple shades of blue and green paint - blue on top and green on the bottom.  Lift plate like a rubber stamp and press on your journal page.  Use a paper towel to spread the colors out and mix more.  Use stamps and ink to stamp over the background making a subliminal pattern.

3.  Use the stencil and stencil some grass with green ink.  Cut out Zentangle circle and adhere it to the left side of the journal page.  To make it blend in a bit, I tapped the edge of the larger plate with the blue area on a couple of the edges of the Zentangle circle.  Add the dragonfly and flowers over stenciled grass.  Add a little more stenciled grass.

4.  Lastly, add the quote from "Here Comes the Sun," by the Beatles.  The word "I" was changed to "it" because the sun is a surrealistic interpretation of my expression!

Here are the links to the Blogs:

Lea           You Are Here

Cre8tiveLea Yours, Lea

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Just for Him Gel Press ™: Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Just for Him" blog hop with Gel Press ™!  Take some time to hop through all the great blogs of our designers for inspiration.  Come back to the Gel Press ™ blog and leave a comment as to which blog gave you the most inspiration!  We will draw a random  winner from the comments to win a prize from Gel Press ™!

Two projects!  A Father's Day card, and a masculine tin for a man to store odds and ends.



Gel Press ™ 5x7 mono printing plate
Stamps with matching dies that cut out shape
Tag and watercolored (or any other scrap background)
Scrap Gel Press ™ mono printed piece.  The one I used has number mask
Gel Pens

Layered with texture, a masculine card any man would enjoy!!!

1.  Using your Gel Press ™, mono print a background on a tag using yellow, orange, and gold paint.  More yellow than anything.

2.  For the second print, I found a paper with watercolor splash on it.  I mono printed over it.  I used light and dark blue on my Gel Press ™, and then used a grain tool to create patterns before printing.

3.  The tag is aged with inks to give a more antiqued look.  The tag is used to stamp and cut out the 3 gentlemen and quote.

4.  A scrap piece of Gel Press ™ printed cardstock is used as the base layer for the gentlemen, etc.  Blue background piece and printed cardstock is adhered together.  A clock face piece is also stamped and cut.

5.  Adhere the gentlemen, the quote, and clock face onto the art in a pleasing manner.

6.  To enhance the art, stars were stamped around the art.  Gel pens used as accents, and some paint splattered around.

Adding these elements creates depth and texture.



5x7 or larger Gel Press ™  plate
Paint - Green/turquoise color (mixed mine)
Copper and Gold Ink (Brilliance used)
Embossing Powder (Judikins mix - any mix of black, silver, rust)
Heat Tool
Chipboard Gears
Glue of choice

1.  Prepare your plate with the green paint.  I went with a green turquoise color to match aged patina metal.  Open the tin and carefully press lid, lid top, and sides onto press to pick up color.  If you can't get it done in one pressing, let lid dry and repeat on sides.  Tin needs to be dried before the next step.

2.  Swipe copper ink on random areas of the tin for a true patina look, aged and worn.  Sprinkle some embossing powder on top of a few of the copper ink areas.  Melt embossing powder and set ink with heat tool.  BE CAREFUL, TIN WILL BE HOT.  Let cool before touching!!!

3.  Color the bigger gear with gold ink, heat set, swipe with copper, and heat set.  The one small gear is left natural.  The middle gear is colored with copper ink and heat set.

4.  Glue gears in place.  2 brads were used - I used a tin cutter (utility scissor) and cut the prongs off the brads and glued in place.

5.  Metal word piece is lightly colored with copper ink, and heat set.  BE CAREFUL, the metal will be hot.  Once cooled glue to front of tin.

Want a bonus chance to win from Gel Press ™?  Between now and Father's Day (June 19, 2016), create your own "Just for Him" project and post it on our Facebook page Gel Press ™ Junkies!  Everyone that plays along will be entered into a drawing as well.  Yes, we would love you to use a Gel Press ™ in your entry - but you don't have to!  Just make a fabulous project featuring Father's Day and post it!  Maybe you will win a Gel Press ™!

To Qualify for Drawing:
1)  You may enter a maximum of 3 times with individual projects.
2)  You must be 18 years old or older.
3)  You must live in the USA.
4)  Mentioning other products or other companies in your post Disqualifies your project.


Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gel Press ™: Simple Book Making

New post up on Gel Press blog!  Take your mono prints and design a book!  Shows materials needed and it shows how to miter corners to make the cover.

Stamp image used in pressing is by Rubbermoon!

Love creating little books and big books with different stitching and inserts.  This is the easiest because it is accordion folds.

Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea