Hello, it’s Kari here today with some Easter cards to share using the Gel Press! This is such an easy way to make LOTS of pastel backgrounds. I’m sharing how to do this, and how to pull them all together into some beautiful Easter cards.

Have you used a gel press before? I’m sharing an easy was for beginners to get started with a gel press, but don’t worry! If you have used a gel press before, I have new ideas to share with you for more detailed results.

I’m using Distress Oxides today in a variety of colors…you can use any color combinations you like. I chose mostly pastel Easter colors for these cards.

I have a video to show you just how to get great results! Watch it below or in HD on YouTube:

To get started, you will need a gel press and I used one that is 5″x7″…it’s a great size for cardmakers! You will also need a brayer to smooth out that ink.

Then, choose a bunch of your favorite Distress Oxide color combinations. This gel press and brayer technique gives you such soft, easy color with a result that you can’t get any other way!

This soft blend is using Kitsch Flamingo, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw. Beautiful Easter colors. I simply stamped on the image and the sentiment and trimmed it down to have a white border.

For this one, I used a dotted background and added the same image & sentiment. Then I dotted on some Liquid Pearls to that bunny cheek!

The interesting lines and marks on this one are created using my old brayer that has many marks and dings in it. Don’t be afraid to use old supplies…it may just add the character you need in your background!

This is probably my favorite background out of the bunch. Here I inked on some pink, then placed a background stamp over it, removed that and pulled the cardstock. It came out so soft and pretty!

I also really like to use a stencil together with a stamp on the gel press. Look at these results! For this one, I stamped that gnome on the background, but also stamped a second gnome on some white cardstock. I colored up the middle portion and cut it out to pop up on top. What a cutie!

The gel press is sometimes so surprising! The results are always different. I hope I inspired you to give it a try. Be sure to watch the video for all the details. I’ve listed the supplies I used below, if you are interested!

Happy creating!

Kari V.
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