Embossing Folder Letterpress

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It is taking everything in my not to post a video of storytime in this house.

Let me back up.

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader and I have visions that our baby will have lots and lots of books to choose from. With that in mind, we’ve started reading to him at night before bedtime. Some of our favorites are Time for Bed, Little Blue Truck, and quite possibly the cutest book that every child needs: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. Usually, I do the reading. I read in typical motherese. Soft. Soothing. Lullaby-esque. Andrew on the other hand? When he reads, it’s sort of a cross between Ludacris and a old southern baptist reverend standing at the pulpit delivering the climax of his Sunday sermon. In a word? Hilarious. I can only hope that our baby will come out with the rhythmic, rapper-ific  reading skillz of his daddy. Yes. Skillz. For the sake of my marriage, I’ll spare you the full video reveal of our storytime routine. Instead all I’ve got for you is a crafting tutorial. It’s not nearly as awesome as my husbands nursery rhymez – but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless.

Seems like we crafters are on a never-ending mission to recreate the beauty of letterpress within our homes. It’s a tough art to replicate without the real deal equipment, but you can get close. With products like the L Letterpress Starter Kit  and the beautiful new two-step letterpress plates like this one, you can make really impressive letterpressed projects. Turns out with today’s tutorial, you can also recreate letterpress with a few supplies that you may just have in your craft room.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

 

1.  Squeeze a small drop of pigment ink onto a large acrylic block

2.  Roll the brayer through the pigment ink creating a very thin layer of ink.

3. Roll the inked brayer over the raised side of the embossing folder pattern.

4. Place the front of the blank notecard onto the inked embossing folder.

5. Close the embossing folder around the card front.

6. Run the plate through your die cutting machine as you usually would to achieve the look of letterpress.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love
Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask LoveFaux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

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19 comments

  1. Sonja on said:

    Love this, the cards look so good! What brand of ink did you use? Love the colors.

  2. Sonja on said:

    DUH!!!!! See the Avery Elle bottles staring me in the face!!!!

  3. Dottie J on said:

    LOVE this, Amber. So crisp and clean looking. The embedded die cut greeting…brilliant!

  4. Thanks so much Ashley, for sharing this! I like the idea of a brayer to add the ink! I LOVE that Whimsey folder, a LOT!
    I LOVE that you are reading to your baby, too!
    Thanks for sharing
    Susan

  5. Holly Saveur on said:

    great cards and idea!

  6. Nita K. on said:

    Laughing so hard about the reading-rapping skillz. These cards are great. Might have to try this out, since I can’t invest in real letterpress.

  7. Rochelle on said:

    So clever! I’ll definitely be using this technique. Awesome.

  8. Celeste Goff on said:

    I actually saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate recently and thought I would try it. It turned out so beautiful. I love it and your cards are just amazing!

  9. Very elegant….beautiful stationery…I too am not particularly fond of embossing folders, so this is a great alternative…as much as I live the cards, would have loved even more a video of the rhymeZ! Super cute I tell ya!

    Speaking of reading and books, would love your take on bookmarks..especially as favors and gifts for book clubs.

    Cheers!

  10. Kim Lawhorn on said:

    What color inks did you use on these?? I don’t see that mentioned but may have missed it. Love them!

  11. Sharon on said:

    Such beautiful cards! Cant wait to try out the braying!

  12. Nancy on said:

    First of all, I lalways ook forward to your blog and can’t wait to see what creations you have come up with for us normal folk to try. This one was a plus as I just ordered the books you recommended for my soon to be grandson. Thanks and thanks!

  13. Nancy on said:

    Oops! Sorry for the type os.

  14. May Park on said:

    Love them all! Thanks for sharing the photo tutorial.

  15. Ali Lewis on said:

    You’re amazing and I love you. :) that is all.

  16. janet on said:

    Gorgeous – have tried this before but never really liked the result – will try again using the pigment ink – Thank you – clever lady ;-P

  17. Mi on said:

    Hiya! Your site is very cute! I’m going to incorporate your tutorials in my upcoming wedding. Can you help me with this: the card has two panels. How would you avoid letterpressing both these panels? Would you simply have one panel inside the embossing folder and place the other panel on the bottom or top outside of it when it’s running through the machine?

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