Tried something new…

I want to take the opportunity today to show you something new I tried. I’ve heard a few people mention faux letterpress as a beautiful technique. It’s one I’ve been wanting to try, so I pulled out a couple embossing folders to try it!

The premise of this technique is to ink one side of the embossing folder on the inside, then put the paper inside and run it through your big shot or cuttlebug. The first ink I tried was a distress ink, but it immediately beaded up and I knew it was not going to work for what I wanted. I cleaned the folder and tried some Mix’d Media ink. Here is my first try:

peridot 1
I think my ink pad may need to be re-inked. The color wasn’t very intense, and the result is very soft. I’m not sure if parts weren’t embossed enough to get the ink, or if there wasn’t enough ink in general. It did give a pretty result, but again – very soft. It’s not the color intensity I was looking for.

Next I tried the Denim Blue ink color of Mix’d Media ink.

denim 2
Well, I got the color intensity I was looking for, but the result was less than crisp! The ink pad wasn’t very well suited to this technique in my opinion, as it got down in the area I was leaving without color, even when I was being super careful. I noticed it also smeared or had a doubled image on the end that went through the machine last. Not sure if that was user error or what, so I tried again with another ink.

The remaining attempts were using Ancient Page Light Brown Ink by ClearSnap. Here are the next three tries to get a good impression.

tries 3-5
Tries number 3 and 4 had similar messy results as the blue one above. On the 5th try, I turned the folder around to see if maybe it was the folder….it wasn’t. As you can see, the bottom is clear and the top is messy. The messy end was the last part to go through the machine.

I then had the thought that maybe I needed a folder that was less ornate. I switched out the tropical paisley pattern for a more simple flourish.

number 6
Better….but no. There were parts of the folder that didn’t seem to get enough pressure and the ink didn’t transfer. Once again, I wanted to try one last time! I was starting to get pretty frustrated!

Here is my final attempt:

Sigh. Well….this DOES seem to be the best one….It’s still not right, though. I ended up using a shim and it was too thick, so the paper ripped within the flourish in a few places. It’s not large tears, just small ones. In fact, I didn’t notice them until I realized I could see light through the paper in spots. This did give a better impression, but still not right.

I’m not exactly sure what I may be doing wrong. It’s definitely a technique I’m not willing to give up on – I think the results can be very beautiful. Have you tried this technique? Do you have any tips for me? I think I may still be able to use some of these impressions for some cards or perhaps layering pieces. We’ll see where they end up!

Monday’s Challenge this week is about embossing. You can get all the details here. You’ve got until Sunday night at midnight to link up your project. Also be sure to check out Scrapping With Pirkie and see what Sam’s been making!

See you back here on Friday!


Card – Thinking of You

Sometimes the simplest techniques give the most beautiful results. Every time. Embossed resist inking is like that for me. I love to see the image appear as I’m inking the embossed image. It always makes me smile. If you’ve not tried this technique, I encourage you to do so – it’s very satisfying to see the image pop up and look so crisp and pretty. And yet, the technique is so easily done!

For this card, I used some Design Adhesives by Clearsnap. This is a double sided adhesive that comes in many patterns or designs. The design I’m using today is Branches & Blooms. Each package comes with 4 sheets of the adhesive – enough to use on several projects. The adhesive can be used with double sided foil, glitters, embossing powders, flocking, or just about any other material you might think of! (One day I want to try it with some multi-colored foiling flakes.) Today, I’m using embossing powder to share with you this technique.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock and I actually cut apart two of the design sheets and layered on the pieces to get the final shape I wanted. You can see the blue-ish adhesive design here:

1 layered adhesives

You can also see how I was able to cut apart the image – these were the bits I did not use. I’m saving them for another project.

Then I poured on some white embossing powder. I was sure to use detail embossing powder to capture all the fine details in the design. I used a dry paint brush to brush away any stray powder before I applied heat to the design.

2 pre-embossedAfter heating the design with my heat gun, it virtually disappears into the white cardstock background. If the light hits it you can see how it is glossy, but it is hard to see.

3 embossedNext I cut the cardstock down to fit the front of the card I was making. I selected three colors of Mix’d Media Inx – Honey, Denim, and Peridot to color in the background and make the embossed image pop out like magic!

4 ready to inkUsing the ColorBox stylus tool and blending tips is the easiest way to apply these juicy inks and get a soft background. (see – you can barely see the embossed image on that piece of cardstock! Stay tuned – it’ll show up soon!)

First, I used the Honey Mix’d Media Inx to go around the edge, buffing the color all the way around, to give some shading to the edge. (I had Truffle on standby in case I needed a darker edge later…)

5 honey edgesYou can see a bit of the image starting to appear in that top left corner!

Then I switched to the Peridot Inx to bring color to the center of the image.

6 peridot addedWOW! Do you see how that embossed design popped out there? Isn’t it fabulous? I continued blending and buffing the colors to create the soft look I wanted. (originally I had planned on using some Denim Mix’d Media Inx to give more depth, but I was really enjoying the soft glow of the Peridot and Honey working together, so I set the Denim back and didn’t end up using it.)

Next I added a mat of a cinnamon colored cardstock to add a thin frame to the piece. I also heat embossed a simple greeting to the card. (in hindsight I could have embossed that image at the beginning when I embossed the design, but this worked just as well)

7 matted

It still seemed to be missing some finishing touch, so I removed it from the card and ran it through my sewing machine to give some detail and texture to the edge.

Here is my finished card:

8 thinking of you card

This card came together so quickly! I think this technique is lots of fun and gives such a sophisticated result! This technique can be adapted to so many cards or projects – any color of ink, any design of stamp or design adhesive – the possibilities are limitless! I hope this tutorial inspires you to try this technique!

Supplies used: ClearSnap Design Adhesives – Branches & Blooms, ClearSnap Donna Salazar Designs Mix’d Media Inx – Honey and Peridot, ColorBox Stylus with Round Blending Tips, ClearSnap Top Boss Watermark Ink, Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Snow, Heat Embossing Tool, Sewing Machine and White Thread, Unknown Manufacturer Greeting Sentiment, White and Brown Cardstock.