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How To Make Halloween Craft and Journal Backgrounds

Tips and ideas for how to use acrylic paint and tissue paper to make fun and colorful Halloween backgrounds for crafts, decor, junk journals or mini albums.

How To Make Halloween Tissue Paper Backgrounds

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How To Make Gel Plate Tissue Paper For Halloween

Halloween Decorating and Papercrafts

Okay, I admit it, I am sucker for Halloween Decorating! I was born on October 29th so when I was little I got to dress up for school, my birthday and trick or treating so I thought it was all a super fun holiday just for me!

But now I love to do craft projects and so I need lots of Halloween backgrounds and I love how the gel plates makes doing them so easy!

Halloween Colors

Traditional Halloween colors are black and orange, but for sure when you are doing your tissue paper you can use green, purple, orange, black or even yellow or gold!

What Kind Of Paper Can You Use To Print On?

The cool thing about doing this kind of project is that you can actually gel plate on anything … I used old book pages, mixed media paper, Tim Holtz Collage paper and plain old, by the ream, tissue paper.

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Products Used In The Video

Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil –
Cute red craft brayer –
Tim Holtz Media Mat –
Tim Holtz Collage Paper –

What Kind Of Acrylic Paint Can You Use?

This is one project where the quality of the paint doesn't matter that much. Because they are background papers and being done on the gel press, you don't have to use super high quality paint to get great results!

Projects I Used Halloween Backgrounds In!

Spooky Halloween Letters
Yield: 10+

How To Make Halloween Background Papers With A Gel Plate

How To Make Halloween Craft and Journal Backgrounds

These Halloween backgrounds can be used for decor, decorations, junk journals, crafts or anywhere you need a fun little pop of Halloween color!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • Acrylic paint
  • Old Book Pages
  • Tissue Paper
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock


  • Gel Plate
  • Stencils
  • Brayer


  1. Place stencil onto gel plate
    Place stencils on gel plate
  2. Brayer acrylic paint over the stencil
    Brayer paint on stencil
  3. Remove stencil and press paper
  4. "Pull" prints from the plate


You can make multiple "pulls" with the same set of paint on the gel plate. You can also use the back of the stencil to make a reverse pull.

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