Monday, October 4, 2010

Faux Letterpress

The CAS challenge today is to do a technique where you ink your embossing folder.  The technique is called Faux Letterpress.  Basically you use your inkpads (Stampin' Spots work well) to ink the bottom of the embossing folder.  Well, my embossing folders don't say which is the bottom.  I tried inking both sides and I thought they looked very similar.  So I guess you can ink either side.  After you ink the folder, you put it through your BIG GUY and watch for the magic results.

I used Close to Cocoa since I wasn't sure what it was going to do.  I think Crumb Cake would give similar results.  I also used my new Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  It gives such a deep impression!  I used it on Whisper White Cardstock and I really like the contrast.  I think I like this technique and will probably try it again!

I was trying to figure out what else to use on my card, and I thought about this bird that I had stamped on watercolor paper a long time ago and never painted.  I just got my Stampin' Up! Watercolor pencils so I gave them a try.  I had used some watercolor pencils in the past but they are not the quality of the Stampin' Up! ones!  I used the pencils and a blender pen and I think the bird (a sparrow?) looks pretty good for me.  I love the way the colors blend with these pencils!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Touch of Nature
Ink:  Black StazOn, Close to Cocoa
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango Textured, Watercolor
Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Label Embossing Folder, Ovals Die, Shape Cutter (non SU)

By the way, the embossing folder cleans right up with soap and water and the Classic Ink works fine with this technique.

Hope you enjoy this and are inspired to give this technique a try.


Nicole said...

This is beautiful! I'm going to have to try this technique! Thanks for sharing!

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, did I have trouble with this technique today. I don't have any kind of embossing/diecut equipment and certainly no embossing folders, so I had to improvise. I ended up just doing regular old scoring and displaying it pushed in rather than showing the raised portion pointing up. Kinda faux "faux letterpress." But I just LOVE how your actual "faux letterpress" turned out--a beautiful effect!! Looks great with that lovely watercolored bird :)

Colleen said...

This beautiful, Bonnie! I've never tried this technique, but you've inspired me to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You have really mastered this technique to perfection! It looks fantastic! Love the little bird too!

Gina said...

A beautiful project, thanks for the technique! Can't wait to try it!