The Road Less Traveled


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


  1. Love all the crusty bits and color with this project!!!

  2. Awesome card and matching tin! Great gift!

  3. These are great. Love the colours too.

  4. Great fun and colourful too. Bx