Aug 10, 2017

Using Dies to Make a Sweet Letterpress Baby Card


Needed a new baby card, but decided not to invest in a baby set, as I don't need baby cards very often. Looked through the stash and came up with this fun die from Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday. Also used a sentiment from a Hero Arts messages set, twine, Altenew Buttercream ink, and a custard card from Memory Box (a perfect match with the ink).

It is easy to use your dies to make faux letterpress, but you'll need a few other supplies (which I bet 99% of you already have). I followed the directions from this outstanding video by Katherine Shudrova (although I admit that I did not roll the stack of dies through the Big Shot as many times as she does).

In order to use dies for letterpress you'll need:

1. heavier cardstock (I used 110 lb from Michaels) to make the stack of dies
2. Die
3. Big Shot or other die cut machine -- with a clean plate so you do not etch the set of stacked dies
4. Typing or scrap paper
5. Embossing mat
6. Dye or Hybrid ink (pigment will make a mess)
7. Vellum
8.  Cardstock or card to impress (again I used 110lb from Michaels)
9. Adhesive

I'm hooked on this technique.  If you decide to use it, let me know as I'd love to see your work.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy!

6 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I've always wondered how to do that -- going to check out the video. Thanks!

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  2. I love the look! I foolishly gave away my tan mat when my Grand Calibur broke. What was I thinking? More shopping. This yellow is very pretty and it's perfect for a baby card.

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  3. What a cool technique! Thanks for sharing your lovely card as well as the link to the video. Not sure I have the patience for the technique but maybe after a glass of wine?

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  4. Love this sweet card! Will need to take the time to watch the video because I love classic high quality paper things, and your card looks custom printed.

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  5. Absolutely adorable ... off to check out this technique.

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