Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Clean And Simple Boutique Cards

Focus today is on a faux letterpress technique.  This particular technique is a bit more labor intensive until you get the hang of it...and also a feel for which inks work best.  I first chose the type of card I needed to send next, chose the colors I wanted to work with, and finally the design.  I used the Altenew Thank You die and cut it twice from 80 lb. cardstock and also cut it from vellum.  I glued these cut die pieces together with zig two-way glue pen and put the vellum at the bottom of the stack. After much experimentation, I chose Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio.  I took the ink pad and actually rubbed it into the vellum until it was nicely covered in both ink Colors.   Next I set the Big Shot to the embossing folder sandwich position and placed the inked die stack on top of a piece of Bristol paper that I had previously cut with a rectangle die.  I was careful not to shift the inked die cut as I placed it on the Bristol paper and ran it through the Big Shot.  I was so happy with the results, I really love this technique.  Lastly, I white embossed the 'for your hospitality' sentiment from the Altenew Succulents stamp set and cut it out with a scissors and adhered it to the panel.  Lastly, I took the dots from the Altenew Majestic Mistletoe stamp set.  These are little 'dots' are really berries for the mistletoe from this set, but I thought it looked like the perfect size to fill out my card. Oh, as a side note, you can keep this little glued die stack with your die to use it over and over again!  Thank you for hanging with me and reading my post (-:
Faux Letterpress - Lesson 3

Closer Detail


  1. Love the embossed details in this CAS design! The multi-colored sentiment is simply lovely in this! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work, Mary!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Virginia!