The beauty of papercrafting is that there are so many different ways to create projects. Of course that doesn’t mean every project I make is different. In fact I sometimes feel I can get fixated on one or two techniques and forget about all the other wonderful things I can do with the tools at my disposal. Today was not one of those days as I resurrected an oldie but goodie; the faux letterpress technique. All you need is your standard die-cutting machine, a die and a Silicone Craft Sheet.
FAUX LETTERPRESS TECHNIQUE
This project really is about that amazing background created using the large trellis die in the Organic Beauty set. The magic happened when I set aside plate number 2 from my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and added the Silicone Craft Sheet to the sandwich instead. Let me explain…
First I cut a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Soft Sea Foam Card for the background layer. Going over to my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine I created the ‘sandwich’ as follows:
- Base platform #1
- Clear cutting plate #3
- Silicone Craft Sheet
- Die (cutting side down)
- Clear cutting plate #3
Then when I ran the assembled layers through the machine the die pressed the design into the card. However the Silicone Craft Sheet below the card stopped the die from actually cutting it.
With that done I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Merry Merlot Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the embossed piece on top.
Next I wrapped some 7/8″ Natural Finish Ribbon around the layers, 1-1/4″ from the bottom edge and secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
For the card base I chose Gray Granite Card. After cutting and scoring the card I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I fixed the assembled layers to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To decorate the card I turned to the True Beauty Stamp Set.
First, using Merry Merlot ink I stamped “here for you always” onto some Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using the #5 circle die from the Stylish Shapes set (counting from the smallest up).
Next I chose the five-petal flower and small bud images from the True Beauty Stamp Set. I started by tapping the images onto a Fresh Freesia ink pad. Then I used a Sponge Dauber to add some Merry Merlot ink to the stamp rubber. Finally I stamped the image onto some Basic White Card. I repeated this process until I had two of the larger flowers and three of the buds.
TIP: clean the stamp surface every time after you stamp on the card and before re-inking it for the next image.
For the leaves I used the same technique. First I tapped the twin leaf image onto a Soft Sea Foam ink pad. Then I added some Granny Apple Green ink with a Sponge Dauber before stamping onto Basic White Card. After stamping four pairs of leaves I cut out all the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies from the Organic Beauty set.
Then I attached the various pieces to the die-cut sentiment using liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals. Once they were in place I added a few Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and glued it to the card front.
That just left the card liner and envelope to do so I went back to the leaf stamp. This time after adding the two colours of ink I stamped the leaves along the top of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued the layer inside the card case. Finally with more leaves stamped across the top of a Basic White Medium Envelope my project was complete.
It’s been several years since I’ve used the faux letterpress technique but the results are simply amazing. What do you think?
For another card made using the Organic Beauty Dies see my earlier blog post True Beauty.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the True Beauty Stamp Set and coordinating Organic Beauty Dies as a bundle. Ordering these items using the single bundle item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to explore this for yourself.