Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Gel Press Collaboration with Eileen Hull Designs

Eileen and Teams are collaborating with GelPress all through January to see what magic can be made when both products are combined. Make sure to check in at Eileen's blog at each week to see what comes of our GelPress journeys. And check out the GelPress blog too to see what the Gel Press team is doing with Eileen's journal bases at  It's a match made in heaven 💓!

I've been having tons of fun with the Gel Press! I started out with a simple technique using an 8" x 10" Gel Press Printing Plate to create a background print for to use with Eileen's Full Size Journal.

I started out with black, white and silver paints dripped onto the printing plate.

Next I used a Gel Press brayer to roll the paint over the Prining Plate.

 Then I pressed a piece of black cardstock onto the printing plate being sure to press all of the paper into the plate.  I pulled up the paper and this is the result.  Looks a bit like marble doesn't it?

I printed several sheets so that I would have enough paper to cover both the inside and outside of the journal covers.

To make the journal covers I cut chipboard panels 7.5" x 9.25",  just slightly larger than the Full Size Journal cover.  I also cut the Gel Press printed black cardstock to the same size.  Now I put the journal covers together in my normal fashion.  That is, applying adhesive to the back of the cardstock and then adhering the cardstock to the chipboard journal covers.  

Tip:  I find that sometimes when I go to pull the adhesive paper backing off my cardstock, it starts pulling the cardstock apart or it doesn't adhere to the cardstock at all.  One of the cures for this is to rub the adhesive soqn really well before pulling the backing away.  Here's an easier way, just run the adhesive covered cardstock through your diecut machine without a die and presto, it is rubbed down quite nicely and the adhesive backing pulls away leaving a perfect adhesive covered piece of cardstock.

Prepare 4 pieces of cardstock covered with adhesive and adhere it to the chipboard pieces, front, back, inside and out.  Now lay the chipboard frontside facedown on the journal die and run it through your diecut machine. 

This is what I ended up with!  Note, I wanted to add just a smidgen of color to the black/white and I wanted it to be translucent so I used a bit of Ken Oliver's Chartreuse Color Bursts.  I picked through my stash and found the chartreuse ribbons and bling.  

The two corner pieces and the bow are Creative Embellishments chipboard covered with Eileen's Molten Dimensions embossing powder in Polished Silver.  It's kinda funky but I like it!

Inside I changed up my painted colors using black, red and ivory but used the same technique, just brayered the paint from side to side, instead of from top to bottom.

For my 2nd project I decided to get a bit more girly and created this.  I used the very same technique with blue, white and yellow acrylic paints.  

I used a thinlit die from an older set of Eileen's, the Bookplate, Hinges & Label Die Set, to make the title.  I diecut the label from some of the Gel Press printed papers and then stamped it using a sentiment stamp from Eileen's Snail Mail Inspiration stamp set.  The little flags were also punched from papers I printed.

That gorgeous doily you see is a fairly new die release from Eileen; again I diecut it from papers I had printed with the Gel Press.  A fussy cut bird, flowers, and a pretty bow finish the look.  Oh yes, and that cute little wooden fence!  I think this is classic me, LOL!  

Eileen Hull Products Used

Gel Press Products

Other Supplies

Black, White, Silver Acrylic Paint
Black Cardstock
Blue, Green, Yellow, White Acrylic Paint
Stamperia Dream Paper Collection
EK Success Banner Punches
Grafix 12 x 12 Chipboard


  1. always learn something from Maggi’s blog—running adhesive through Big Shot—yes! i love the chartreuse! very cool.

    1. Thanks Billie! It really does eliminate some of the frustration i encounter when making journals.

  2. These both came out really cool but I agree the blue one is definitely you Maggi :-) Cool techniques- you can do it all!


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