Monoprinting with Die-cuts

April 14, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha here again! Today I have not one, not two, but three cards to share with you!

You must have gathered by now that I love all things inky and painty and one of my favourite tools to use is the Gelli Plate. I can mono print for hours on end, it’s that much fun!

I even created a video so you can watch my process and to show you how you can use die-cut stencils and masks with the Gelli Plate.

But first let me show you the cards I made. Each card features a quarter of one of my mono prints:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards

Here’s how I created them:

1. Use your dies to create a couple of stencils out of plain white cardstock. Featured here are the Bunch of Flowers 1 and the Flower Set 2. Cut out some extra flowers too.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Printing with Die-cuts

2. Create a couple of mono prints. I couldn’t tell you how I did mine if I tried, but you can watch the video to get a pretty good idea:

A couple of tips:

  • Start with just two or three colours.
  • Make sure each print is dry before you print on the same paper again.
  • Keep a sheet of paper next to the Gelli Plate to roll off any excess wet paint that’s left on your brayer.

Other than that: just have fun!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Prints

3. Cut a print into quarters and use each quarter as a background for your card. Adhere each background on a pre-cut card.

4. Use the gelli printed flower masks to embellish the card. You can embellish the card even further with peel-off stickers, pens and markers, machine stitches or a couple of die-cuts.

I hope you try using your dies to create stencils and masks for mono printing! You can pull prints in any colour you want, so you’ll always have just the right colours for your cards, scrapbook pages and other projects!

Have a wonderful day!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:
702 Flower Set 2
728 Bunch of Flowers
742 Koi
1167 Borders Assorted Peel-Offs in Black
2565 Dragonfly Ladies in Circle Peel-Offs in Black

Gelli Plate
Acryllic paints (Royal Talens – Amsterdam)
Cardstock (white, A4 size)
Spray bottle of water
Pre-cut cards
Pens and Markers
Sewing thread


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  • Mary Prasad May 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Fun technique! I love playing with ink and paint! 🙂

  • cath t April 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Uber cool! Mesmerizing to watch. I can see how it would enthrall you for hours. Thanks for the informative video.

  • roxanne2468 April 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Wowza! that was so cool to watch! love all the creative papers it made! whoooosh! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Marsha Valk April 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much!

  • Penny B. April 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Really interesting to watch! Do you think this would work with a craft mat if you don’t have a gelli plate?

    • Marsha Valk April 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Penny!

      I don’t know if it will work with a craft mat. Do you mean a craft mat like a Ranger non-stick craft sheet or more of a cutting mat? A Gelli Plate is made of a thick soft, flexible rubber that feels oily. So it’s nothing like a craft sheet and it’s also nothing like a cutting mat. But! I have seen mono printing with help of a sheet of plexiglass and that works perfectly fine! So, I would suggest you look for something with a slick surface and try it. I think it might work with a craft sheet, but I don’t think I would recommend trying it on a cutting mat.

  • dyeandpigment55 April 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Great video and I love the cards you created with your prints. So nice to have even more options to use our supplies. Thanks.

    • Marsha Valk April 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you! Glad you like it! And yes: the more options, the better!

  • Raquel Mason April 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

    What a great background you’ve created Marsha! Love all those mixed colors, flowers & added marker accents.

    • Marsha Valk April 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you Raquel!

  • Nancy V April 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    What a very fun video Marsha and so creative! This is a technique that totally adapts to an individuals taste with respect to shapes, colors and creativity. The cards are very cute and each one is one of a kind. The technique looks like so much fun and seems to be one that with supervision can be done by “children” of all ages.

    • Marsha Valk April 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Exactly! And I think you’re right. This is fun for all age groups! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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