Thank You for the Letterpress!

I finally got to sit down and make something other than favor boxes the other day. I had some new products to try out and I came up with this cute little thank you card.

I recently became a Lifestyle Crafts affiliate {Eeek, I know! So excited!} So when this showed up on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to get my craft on!

They sent me a Letterpress Starter Kit and a letterpress ink and printing plate set of my choice. I chose the tile printing plates with teal blue ink. Fun and mod, don’t you think?

Anyway, I was a little nervous about using this thing, even though I got to test drive it last year at Creative Estates. I’ve told you before, I’m not one who likes to read directions, but I gave in and thought it might be a good idea. This thing had a lot of parts! It was actually much easier than I thought and had only a few simple steps.

You first attach the printing plate piece or pieces to the letterpress platform. You can use the grid to make sure your placement of the printing plates and your paper match up.

You use the ink base and brayer to roll out the ink and apply it to the printing plates. I did remember from the conference last year that they said a little ink goes a long way. And boy did it ever! I used only a tiny drop! This ensures that you get even coverage on the printing plates and also prevents bleeding from too much ink.

Close the platform.

And crank this puppy through the machine. My machine is a Big Shot, but any embossing/die cut tool (Epic 6, Revolution, etc.) Speaking of Revolution, don’t miss the deal going on right now! I wasn’t familiar with this tool, but it sounds pretty magnificent!  It’s similar to the Epic in that it die cuts and embosses but it has a 4-inch magnetic platform, so when you put your metal dies on the platform, they hold tight and don’t slide off! It is easy-to-use and compact. Huge promotion going on right now for this machine! See below for details!

Okay, I got a little excited! Back to the card. here is how it looks after running it through the machine.

Now to make the card. I absolutely love this teal ink and it was so hard to choose which coordinating paper I should use! I had several in my stash!

I went with butterflies and polkadots! I used the polkadot designer paper as the backdrop and used my top note die to cut a frame-like shape with the butterfly paper.

Next I used my scalloped border punch to create a decorative edge strip of cantaloupe-colored paper.

A few coordinating butterflies.

I grouped them together and used a dimensional adhesive. This raises the butterflies slightly for some added texture. I also used a pearl embellishment in the center. I forgot to mention that I used black ink to distress the letter pressed paper.

Oh yeah, and I used sticky strip, an extremely sticky, double-sided tape, to hold the gathered ribbon. To do this you just fold it, kind of accordion-style, and attach one side of it to the tape. The ribbon I used is Stampin’ Up! ruffled ribbon in Island Indigo.

And there is my card! Then I realized, I can make a matching envelope! I used another printing plate from the tile set. I covered the lower part of the envelope with a piece of scrap paper. Same technique shown before.

Perfect! Except that I now realize it probably isn’t supposed to have the grid included in it! Oops!

Maybe I should send it to Lifestyle Crafts to thank them for this fabulous set!

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