Handmade Embellishments with Burlap & Gel Press Petites by Kathy Adams - Gel Press

Handmade Embellishments with Burlap & Gel Press Petites by Kathy Adams

Gel Press plates are not just for paper. They work on lots of different surfaces.  I’ve used burlap to create texture on the plate but never as the substrate itself. I noticed how well burlap took the paint and decided I would use the Gel Press Petite shapes to create unique embellishments. I also decided that embroidery and/or needlepoint, beads, sequins and other sundries would be perfectly suited for these embellishments.


  • Gel Press® Petite Plate B Set
  • Brayer
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Burlap
  • Needle and Embroidery Thread
  • Beads, Sequins, Charms, and Other Embellishments


Mount the Gel Press oval, rectangle and hexagon shapes onto acrylic blocks. The petite shapes are perfect for stamping.

Apply a small amount of thick paint, like Dylusions, to the Gel Press shapes and brayer. Stamp onto pieces of burlap.

Burlap takes the paint so well and the unique shapes will make for fun embellishments.

Stamp the oval and rectangle onto burlap using different colors.

Now, I am by far not an expert on embroidery or needlepoint. I had to research some basic techniques in order to complete this project. But I didn’t want my limitations to stop me from trying. Besides, I want the end result to look handmade and a bit wonky. I would love to see what other creatives come up with!

Don’t cut the shapes out until the needlepoint is done because burlap frays so easily.  Leave a bit of an edge around the shapes to account for fraying.

After learning a few more needlepoint techniques, I completed the three Petite shapes.

Thank you for visiting the blog today! I hope I have inspired you to try the Gel Press® Plates on burlap.

Kathy Adams