Playing with Letterpress

September 7th, 2010

Happy Tuesday.  I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I have several things lined up to share this week and I wanted to get a post in before I head out to the office today.  This card started with an image I had colored for my class a couple of months ago when I taught masking.  It’s from the beautiful Flourishes set From the Garden.


I started by stamping the flower/leaf image and masking it and then the tools image and masking that.  Then the flower pot image was stamped under the leaves.  Next I stamped the bottom flower pot in the stack, masked it and stamped another on top, masked that and stamped another on top.  Really almost quicker to do than to describe.  I used Eclipse Masking Tape – I LOVE that stuff – so much better than a post-it note! I only made one mask of the pot and just moved it around as needed.  The images were colored with Copics and after the panel was die cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities, I sponged color with the die still in place.

Now for the really fun part.  I have been wanting to try the Letterpress technique with some of Cuttlebug embossing folders for quite awhile now to see how it would work.  Well, it worked great!  I used my new Victoria folder and brayered SU white craft ink on one side of the inside of the folder.  I carefully placed a panel of Olive cardstock inside and ran it through the machine as usual.  While the result wasn’t perfect, I was really really happy with it and look forward to trying this again with other folders.  In person the effect is somewhat chalky – almost velvety.  If you have tried this with other types of inks, I’d love to hear about your results.

Cardbase here is Daffodil, layered with Concord Crush.  I didn’t have any purple ribbon to match so I simpley colored some SU white taffeta with a Copic marker.  Love how well the taffeta takes on ink. (Note” it matches much better IRL than in the photo.)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to have a post up each day this week.


One Response to “Playing with Letterpress”

  1. Dawn Braun Says:

    BEAUTIFUL coloring…you are quite a pro with your copics, I’d have to say I’m more of a newbie but they are quite addicting! 🙂 Thanks for the love on SCS! You have a lovely blog!

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