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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|
|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.
Put three shades of green paint onto the 8"round Gel Plate and brayer.
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.
Grab a sheet of labels and press down onto the Plate. I printed in the middle of the label sheet.
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.
After cleaning my plate with a baby wipe, I printed another label sheet using purples, pressing a dandelion stamp into the plate.
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.
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