Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Double Letterpress Card

Hello blog visitors, Kirsten here.  I’ve been attempting various techniques & today I’d like to show you a card I made using the ‘double letterpress’ technique. 
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Here is the card first of all.
I selected three distress inks with which to work; Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey & Tumbled Glass.  I chose an 8 x 8 card blank & Core’dinations card stock that coordinated with the inks.
The first thing to do is ink the embossing folder on the side where the pattern is indented with your chosen ink, in this case Wild Honey.  I applied the ink first by tapping & then swiping it down the folder.  Make sure you cover all of the required area.  Carefully insert a piece of white card & close over the folder, making sure the card stays in place.  Put through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug/other.
When you remove the card, this the result.  The flowers are raised & the ink has given a nice texture to the background.  This is the first letterpress layer.
You could leave the flowers like this, which I showed you in a previous post, but this time we’re going to colour the flowers.
If you want lots of colour you could apply the ink pad directly to the card, but I wanted to build the colour slowly until I was happy.  Put some Victorian Velvet ink on the blending foam & gently swipe it over the flowers & stems.  Don’t push the blending tool down on the card, you’re just trying to colour the white areas. 
When you’re happy with the colour then add a little Tumbled Glass ink to a few areas.  I used the ink on the corner of the blending foam to add a little blue to the Wild Honey too.
This is what I had after adding both colours.  Deciding it was too blue I added more Victorian Velvet.  And that’s it.
I had initially planned on adding a larger quote, but it was too big for the intended layout.  This is a quote from an Indigo Blu set, again, you’ve seen me use it many times.  I stamped it onto white card with black Archival ink & heat set it with clear embossing powder.  then I swiped the three ink pads over the top, very lightly.  Definitely don’t be heavy-handed when you do this, you’ll get too much ink on the card & end up with a mess.  Trust me, I speak from experience. Smile
Here’s a close-up.  When I’d finished I decided to add some white liquid pearls in a few areas.
Now it’s time to start putting the card together.  I wanted the embossed & coloured card to be the focal point & I wanted lots of white.  For the ribbon punch two holes in the card stock.
Put each end of the ribbon into each hole & turn the card over.  Put the top piece of ribbon into the lower hole & the bottom piece of ribbon into the top hole.  Pull them through, adjust as required & tie a bow.
I loved the white space, but thought it needed a little something, so I stamped the butterfly from the same Indigo Blu set as above with Victorian Velvet onto it & then onto a scrap piece of card, which I heat set with clear embossing powder.  When it had cooled I cut it out & put it over the first butterfly with foam pads.
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Here again, is the completed card.  Thanks for looking & I hope it inspires you to try this effective technique.
Floral Frenzy - 6" x 6" Embossing Folder  Liquid Pearls - Opal WhiteWild Honey Distress Ink Pad  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink Pad   Hobby House Midnight Magic 5mm Pearls 
Until next time, happy crafting.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kirsten, thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Thank you also for this link, it is really helpful to see results from something I am trying to learn. I will definitely try again!
    Emma x


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