Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tutorial: Faux Letterpress

Lori created a stunning faux-letterpress card for our recent release of new Die'sire Prestige dies, and a wonderful tutorial to show you how she did it!

Crafter's Companion US supplies:


Step 1: Set die, face up, on piece of scrap paper or craft mat. Very lightly, apply ink to raised cutting edges of the die, making sure not to get ink in the areas down and around the raised edges.

Step 2: Place a 4” x 5 ½” panel of watercolor cardstock on your die-cutting machines “embossing sandwich*.” Carefully place die, inked side down, on the cardstock, and set top plate of the “sandwich” in place. Run through machine to emboss.

 *Refer to your machine's instructions for the proper embossing sandwich.

Step 3: Lift off the die. The ink will be pressed into the paper, along with the detail of the die. This gives a beautiful faux letterpress look.

Step 4: Thoroughly clean ink off die.

Step 5: Die-cut and emboss the center area of the die, using a scrap piece of red cardstock.

Step 6: Use detail scissors to trim around word in the center.

Step 7: You will have just the word “Joy” when finished trimming. Set aside.

Step 8: Place post-it note (or masking tape) over the word “Joy” of the sentiment stamp. Ink up the rest of the sentiment with black ink.

Step 9: Remove post-it note. Check to see if any black ink got on the covered up part. If so, carefully wipe off. Stamp sentiment as shown, giving a bit more pressure than normal.

This helps to get the ink stamped down into the dips of the paper.

Step 10: Since watercolor cardstock is not smooth, and has been “debossed” with the die, the sentiment might not stamp in some areas. Use a fine tip black marker to fill in any missing areas.

Step 11: Adhere trimmed out “Joy” die-cut piece.

Step 12: Apply adhesive to the back side edge of stamped panel.

Step 13: Attach ½” x 5 ½” strip of black cardstock to back of panel - leaving a thin edge showing.

Step 14: Adhere 1” x 5 ½” strip of red cardstock to front of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” top-fold white notecard.

Step 15: Mount panel to front of notecard using dimensional foam adhesive. Embellish with black sequins.

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julie_woolston said...

Stunning Taylor very effective.
Hugs Julie xxx

barbara macaskill said...

What a gorgeous card!! I always forget that I can do this with my dies!! I am writing myself a note so that I will remember when I get into my craft room today!! AWESOME tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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Giovana Smith said...

This is lovely, Lori!! I will try this technique :)

l rekroc said...

Beautiful card! I love the tutorial on inking the die. This is a must try!