Last year I did a few posts on making your own gelatin (gelli) printing plates. They are easy to do and it’s so fun to do some basic printmaking with kitchen supplies! I loved it SO much that I presented it on the kid’s craft show I host, Hands On Crafts for Kids. Today I want to share the segment with you so YOU can have fun making gelli print cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day… heck, EVERY day!
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- unflavored gelatin (4 packs)
- smooth flat-bottomed container for molding
- plastic knife
- acrylic paints (I really like the Martha Stewart Crafts Paints)
- brayer for smoothing paint down
- texture tools (I like these combs from the Plaid/Martha Stewart Line)
Here are the basic directions:
- Place 2/3 cup of cool water in a molding container with a smooth bottom. Sprinkle 4 packs of UNFLAVORED gelatin on top. Stir quickly. Add 1/3 cup warm water, stirring. Set aside to set up. (1-2 hours)
- Demold gelatin by running bottom under warm water, then running a knife along the outside edge. Flip upside down onto a baking sheet or cutting board.
- Add a nickel-sized amount of paint to the gelatin block. Spread out evenly with a brayer or mini rolling pin. Create texture using the back of a paintbrush. Lay paper on top and rub; lift print; let dry.
- Cut the papers into heart shapes- you can use the positive and negative portions- and make fun cards and embellish them with stamped sentiments and glitter glue!
Here’s the one I made for the show….
And a few my daughter made this year….
And don’t forget the ones from LAST year!
So simple and fun! I encourage you to try it out! Leave me a comment if you have any questions or if you’ve tried it out yourself.
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