Saturday, October 23, 2010

TECHNIQUE THURSDAY, Faux Letterpress...

This is another technique from my Technique Thursday class. This one is the Faux Letterpress technique.  By inking up your embossing folder, you can easily add color to the just the flat portion or background of the embossed piece or to just the raised portion of the embossed piece.  This gives you an instant two color effect.  In my two examples there is a stark contrast between the two colors used.  However, one of my favorite uses is to use colors much closer in color for a more subtle effect.  Whisper White and Crumb Cake or Bashful Blue is gorgeous!

For this Halloween card, I went very dreary and monocromatic with just a pop of color in the sentiment to really showcase the contrast you can achieve with Faux Letterpress.  Technique directions follow the recipe.  The legs of the spider are achieved by using the top of the Bitty Bat punch on the edge of cardstock and then punching "over and around" just above the first punch.  You can also do this with the long side of the Round Tab punch.  Do this four times for your legs.  Enjoy!

  • Stamp Sets – Fang-tastic (W#120853 $24.95, C#121178 $17.95)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Wicked Fun Specialty DSP (#117400, $11.95)
  • Ink – Basic Gray, Basic Black Classic, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Punches – Bitty Bat (#119279, $15.95), 3/4" Circle (#119873, $10.95), 1/2" Circle (#119869, $5.95), Scallop Oval (#119856, $16.95), 1-3/4" x 7/8" (Large) Oval Punch (#119855, $15.95)  
  • Accessories – Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95)
  • Tools – Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder (#120889, $7.95), Stampin' Sponges

  1. Ink the desired side of the embossing folder using a Classic Stampin' Pad directly or apply with a brayer.  For color on the "flat" portions of the card stock, ink the indented side.  For color on the "raised" portions of the card stock, ink the raised side.
  2. Lay your cardstock on the inked side of the embossing folder and close. Run through the Big Shot in your normal sandwich: Multipurpose platform with Tab 1, standard cutting pad, embossing folder, standard cutting pad.
  3. Carefully remove the cardstock and allow to dry a bit before using.

1 comment:

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