Gel Press + Die Cut Techniques

Guess what?! It is Diecember over at Simon Says Stamp – a whole month dedicated to die cutting!!! Today I have a video showing many of their new products… along with lots of gel press + die cut techniques.

[If the video isn’t showing up, click HERE to watch it. All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. As always, I appreciate your support.]

In this video, I show mannnnny backgrounds made with gel press and die cut techniques. Be sure to watch it! In my next video, I will share ideas for stepping these backgrounds up and using them on cards. Stay tuned!

Have a great day.


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except some of the dies and all of the stamps which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Frame Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Dainty Snowflake Die
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Simon Says Stamp Jewel Snowflake Die
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Simon Says Stamp Autumn Splendor Die
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Simon Says Stamp Detailed Rose Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Simple Stem Die
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Simon Says Stamp Detail Bohemian…
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Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel Die
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Gel Presses
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Gel Press 5×7
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MISTI Stamping Tool 2.0
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Distress Oxide Ink Pads
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Die Cutters
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31 thoughts on “Gel Press + Die Cut Techniques”

  1. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! This is absolutely incredibly brilliant!! What a fun way to spend some crafty time and the results are so beautiful and full of such goodness!! I LOVE this…I have had a gel press in my stash for years and have never opened it but NOW…guess what? I’m going to dig it out and play….you are ahhhh-mazing and BLESSING! Stay healthy and thanks so much for being YOU!!

  2. Using die cuts on a gel press? GENIUS!!! I have to admit that when I saw you take the die to the press I froze thinking that the die would cut into the gel press, but apparently it didn’t damage the press at all. I love my gel press and getting some different ideas on how to use it is much appreciated. Thank you, Jennifer!! Looking forward to seeing how you turn these backgrounds into cards. I have 1 Oxide ink pad but quite a few regular distress ink pads. I’m inspired to try using the regular distress ink on the press and see what happens — maybe even adding a bit of water?!!! Some creative ideas have been sparked!! Thank you!

  3. loved this. cannot wait to share with my friend who is obsessed with her gel press – she makes beautiful prints but I think she will be so excited to see you can use it with the dies and distress inks too. I know i will be pulling mine out to play! Awesome – thank you!!

  4. How fun! This looks like a great stress reliever for these trying times. Another good use of those dies that only seem to do one thing. Love it. What size is the gel press you use?

  5. Fantastic technique! Love the soft look with the distress inks… I’ve just got some new plates so I am looking forward to playing with them! Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. I’m so looking forward to the next video! These are amazing and looks like so much fun. My grandkids would love to play with me.

  7. Oh my, how I enjoy those backgrounds, especially the last background plate die. I have some of them and I’m going to practice this technique. Thanks you so much for teaching this technique!! 🙂

  8. I just love the two videos you’ve done so far using the gel press! I finally purchased one but haven’t used it yet. I’m so happy to see how it can be used with Oxides as I don’t want to invest in acrylic paints. Now to find my brayer!

  9. Wow Jennifer, this is absolute fabulous! What a great technique and a awesome use of your dies.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

  10. Wow! Sure looks like mixed media! Something that has always scared me! But it isn’t quite, is it?!! Especially, like the tiny holes and little dotty ones. I think I have most of the necessary supplies, even a large gel press I won a few years back. Now praying for healing so I can get back to crafting again! Thanks for the fun!

  11. I’ve gotten such a kick out of watching you use the Gel Press…I discovered them a year ago and went crazy…have one in every size and shape:) – Love your ideas with Distress Oxide and will look forward to more — a gal named Birgit Koopsen shows how to use dye inks and distress inks and sprays, mica powders and even alcohol inks! Your daughter Lilas (my new grandbaby’s name and my grandmother’s name btw) will love using leaves and feathers…super cool idea – think the gal I found who showed how was Teresa Morgan. Thank you for all you do; you have been an inspiration of mine for 5 straight years!

  12. Wow! Beautiful and fun technique and results! Thanks for sharing your amazing gift of creativity. I’ve learned so much from you.

  13. Jennifer your creative brain amazes me every video – You really think outside the box and we get great new techniques and tips that would have never occurred to me.. I love that you play and test and come up with these beautiful and fun ways to enhance our card making. Your time and effort and much appreciated.
    Thank You

  14. Thank you for sharing another new and different technique. I don’t have a gel press but it looks like it’s going to go on my Christmas wish list now! Can’t wait to see what you create with those beautiful panels!

  15. Those are amazing backgrounds! Finally, I can start using my gel press (been sitting in my drawer for ages). Can’t wait to see how you will use it all on the cards. Thank you!

  16. I have recently stumbled on your YouTube page wanting to make cards as a hobby. I have been watching A LOT of your videos. But as a beginner, all of it was overwhelming. I noticed that you have a gemini junior and a spellbinder machine. Do you like one better than the other? Do I need to have both of them? I know that there are tons of videos out there on how to get started but I’d preferred to watch one from you as you explain everything in very detailed words. Do you happen to have a video on tools/ supplies that are a must have for beginners to start making cards?

  17. Thanks so much for teaching us these great gel press techniques! Talk about stretching our supplies! The backgrounds are so beautiful… mind is spinning with possibilities. Now to get “making”.

  18. Awesome creations, Thanks for the video! I’ve used my Gel Press with acrylic paints and this encourages me to try inks!

  19. You’ve done it again, Jennifer! I never would have thought of doing this on my own, and the results are gorgeous!

  20. I know you are super busy, but when would the part 2 of this video be out ? Just can’t wait to see your creations

  21. These are amazing! I always enjoy watching your videos.
    I recently got a gel press plate & exploring different techniques, but never would have thought of using distress inks. Can’t wait to try these techniques!
    Thank you very much!!

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