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letterpress reindeer

I’ve taken out my letterpress tools once again and created this latest holiday card. 

The paper, rich red ink, and images are all from the L Letterpress from Lifestyle crafts.  No that is not designer paper in the background!  The damask image, along with the reindeer and sentiment are just a few of the images from the Letterpress Holiday plate.  That background is just gorgeous and can easily be used for a wedding card or pretty birthday card.  This particular Holiday collection also has a beautiful tree which I have not used (yet!).

You can’t tell from the photo but these letterpress plates impress or deboss the image into the paper so its not just a flat stamped image.  The plates can also be used like embossing folders without the ink.

I love the rich red letterpress ink – the photo does not really show its true color  – which is more dark, almost scarlet red.  The die cut label is a Tim Holtz die, the ribbons are from My Minds Eye (the loop ribbon) and JoAnn’s (the grosgrain).  And those red velvet brads are from The Paper Studio Spare Parts collection.  I LOVE velvet brads and which more stores would carry them!

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got lemons?

Earlier this year we bought a lemon tree.  We just picked one that looked “good” and healthy.  It said it was a Ponderosa Lemon – which meant nothing to us, but over the months we’ve been watching the tree bloom, then start to grow fruit.  And grow.  And grow.

The lemons are now the size of  large avocados and are nowhere near ripe.  We looked up Ponderosa lemons on the internet and found out they are the GIANTS of the lemon family.  So, we’re not sipping fresh lemonade just yet,  but we are looking forward to it this fall.

And if you have any good lemon recipes send them my way – I have a feeling I will be needing them!

This card is for today’s “ways to use it” challenge, which called for using yellow!

I stamped the image in Memento London Fog and colored with copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  All images are from Flourishes.

Copics used:  Y15, Y13, Y11, Y0000 for the lemons and YG00, YG13 and YG17 for the leaves.

I sponged the main panel with Memento Dandelion ink.   The white background was pressed out with the Holiday – Thanksgiving plate from Letterpress.  Both white panels are letterpress paper.  The green and yellow papers are (i think) from SU.  A Papertrey die was used for the scallop border on the right side.

The  pretty white and yellow gingham ribbon is from Michaels.

Letterpress Baby

I’ve been playing with my Letterpress plates again – this time with their Baby set.

The card uses Crane’s Lettra paper.  I’ve mentioned this paper in a previous post.  It’s 100% cotton and Crane’s made it specifically for letterpressing.  It is sold in 110lb and 300lb weights – the 110lb weight is very thick and sturdy, yet soft enough (because it is cotton) to take the letterpress plates and make a good impression.

The paper that is sold by Lifestyle Crafts, who make the L Letterpress is very good paper too.  It is thick and soft but it is not sold in sheets.  They sell it in card sizes but if you want a top fold card like this one you are out of luck.  This  is one reason I am using the Crane’s paper.  Both the Lifestyle Craft and Cranes paper are sturdy enough for a no layer card. 

I aligned the letterpress pieces and paper on the plate, inked them with light blue ink and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment was done the same way using a Spellbinder oval die to cut the shape first, then press the image.  Here is a close up of the images to give you a better idea of how the machine presses the plate into the paper for a debossed, or engraved image.

For the “onsie” image in the center,  I punched a star using a small hand punch I’ve had for ages and just adhered it onto the image.

Blue sheer ribbon and silver cord are  the finishing touches.

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Embossed cherry blossoms

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that we spent much of last week on Pensacola Beach, where the beaches were free and clear  of oil and tar balls.  No sooner had I posted when I turned on the news only to find out that overnight a bunch of oil had washed ashore and that while the beaches were still open, the water was off limits for now because of the oil.  I feel like a jinx!

On to better thoughts….I really love it when a card comes together on the first try.   When I set out to make a card, my usual process calls for a series of samples – testing out the image, coloring and sketches before I decide on the final version.

I had this particular sketch and image in mind and as I started putting it together somehow all the test pieces worked perfectly the first time.

I stamped the cherry blossom (from Stamp Francisco) in versamark and embossed it with a sepia colored embossing powder from BMuse. The image was colored with SU pink markers and an aqua brush for a water colored look.  The pale blue background was also color washed with bashful blue ink.  The sentiment, from Flourishes, was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Here is a close up of the chocolate cardstock.   This piece  is embossed – or debossed really –  with the Leaf plate from the LetterPress Holiday – Thanksgiving set. 

A note about the white cardstock.  For this card I used Cranes Lettra cardstock.  I purchased this specialty paper  to use with my Letterpress kits.  The paper is made by Cranes specifically for letterpress.  It is 100% cotton and has a wonderful softness to it – like, well, cotton!  Since it is 110lb weight it is stiff enough for a no layer card and perfect for letterpressing because the plates deboss, or engrave, so well in this cotton paper.

So – why did I use this paper for “regular” stamping instead of saving it for letterpress?    A few reasons.  I had the top piece left over from another project and I wanted to see how well the paper did with regular stamping, wet embossing and watercoloring.

I am happy to report stamping and wet embossing worked perfectly.  With the watercoloring, I first started with a blender pen and did not get good results, so I switched to an aqua pen and achieved the results you see here.  I’m thinking that because the paper is 100% cotton it works well with a wash of color and water, and while it is not watercolor paper, it held up well.

Since the main panel was the Cranes Lettra paper I decided to make the base card with the same paper.  It is heavyweight, but very soft and because of the high quality that goes into making this paper the overall card ended up “feeling” like a high quality card.    The paper is expensive, but is perfect for no layer cards and letterpressing.

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back to stamping!

We had family visiting last week so no time to craft, but what an enjoyable week it was!

We spent just about every day down on Pensacola Beach and I am happy to report that there was no oil and no tar balls!  I  spent most of the time under the beach umbrella, but did manage to get a little color on me.  We saw alot of fish in the water – one day a small group of sting rays showed up and just kept swimming along the waters edge – they did not seem to mind the people in the water – it was a great sight!

Today’s card is based on the sketch challenge at SCS and I wanted to use some of the Stampin Up ribbon I’ve been holding on to. 

The image and sentiment were stamped with celery, apricot and pumpkin inks.  The flower is from Starving Artistamps and the sentiment from Flourishes.  The paper is celery and apricot.   Both the striped and solid ribbons are from SU.

You can’t really tell from the photo but the middle panel has the flower image stamped in white on it. 

The back panel is embossed with a Letterpress diamond plate that is part of their Baby set.  I used this plate uninked to get an embossed (really  debossed) look, but I could have easily used white ink with it to bring out the pattern a little more.  I really like this particular pattern and will most likely use it alot!!  I also like the flexibility of using these plates with or without ink.

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