Gel Press + Distress Ink + Blog Hop

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

Happy Saturday everyone! I am back with a new video tutorial to share with you that features a cool background technique where I combine a Gel Press printing plate with Distress Inks.

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

This video and post are also part of Justine Hovey’s 1 Million Views Celebration Hop! Justine is a good friend of mine who I used to be Design Team members with on the Create a Smile video team. Justine has a great knack for creating clean and simple cards and intertwining a fun technique into the design. I highly encourage you to check out both her blog and YouTube channel!



To see how I did the technique with the Gel Press and Distress Inks, you'll want to check out the video below or click the button to watch on YouTube. In this post, I will be focusing on how I put the cards together.
Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

The most recent card kit from Simon Says Stamp (Wild and Colorful), included some really fun products that I really wanted to use. I used the images from the Wild Cuddly Critters stamp set on these cards and paired them with images from the Cuddly Critter Accessories stamp set.

Cuddly Critter Accessories is a set that was released last year and matches the original Cuddly Critters set. I was very excited to see that they also matched perfectly with the Wild Cuddly Critters stamps too. This allowed me to turn these adorable animals into PARTY animals, which goes well with Justine’s celebration hop theme!

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

I stamped and watercolored the images with Zig Clean Color markers from the 60 set of brush markers. I used only one marker for shading each color and simply used multiple layers of that color to add depth.

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

For the sentiments, I paired two different stamp sets together to make a custom greeting. I think its fun to be able to stretch my stamps this way. On these cards, I paired the “wild thing” greeting from Wild Cuddly Critters with a happy birthday message from You Matter. Voila! Birthday cards with a wild animal twist!

To step the sentiments up a notch, I heat embossed them with white embossing powder and colored in the “wild thing” part of the sentiment with Zig Markers. The happy birthday part of the sentiment was heat embossed onto cardstock strips that coordinated with other colors in each card.

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

One of my favorite aspects of these cards are the eyes. They are dimensional and add some really cool interest to the critters. I’ve done this technique in the past, but usually I use Glossy Accents and add white details. This twist instead uses Enamel Accents over the eyes and I used a Sharpie pen to add black details instead of white. The effect is really awesome, don’t you think?

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

On all of the cards, I layered brown cardstock under the Gel Press/Distress Ink panels. I also used either a patterned-paper-covered card base or made my own pattern with a background stamp. For a final finishing detail, I added Spectrum Noir clear glitter to the balloons on all of the cards.

Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will be checking out the video to see the Gel Press and Distress Ink technique in action!



Gel Press + Distress Ink | Nina-Marie Design

Also be sure to check out the blog hop that this video is a part of! There are lots of prizes to be won, which you won’t want to miss.

Because this is a video hop, you will need to do all the hopping on YouTube. In the description box of my video, you’ll find the link to Michelle Short’s video and a link to Justine’s blog where you’ll find all the details you need to know!


Gel Press + Distress Ink + Hop | Nina-Marie Design


3 Responses

  1. Tara Prince says:

    such fun cards!!

  2. Teresa Doyle says:

    These cards are all great Nina and your gel press ideas are wonderful. The backgrounds are all fantastic!

  3. hobbitnoll says:

    OH these cards are so fun. LOVE your coloring, the layering and the your backgrounds on these. Whoever gets these beauties will be lucky!!

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