Happy Halloween from me to you!
This was my first attempt at using the Letterpress Plates from Stampin' Up! I don't know why, but I was reluctant to give them a try. Well, I must say, this was the easiest card to make, and I really like using them! The trick is to use watercolor paper for a clean, crisp image. See more tips below.
I do not have ANY Halloween stamps, so I turned to my trusty My Digital Studio software to print out the witches hat.
Stamp Set: Eat, Drink and Be Scary (My Digital Studio Download)
Ink: Basic Black craft
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Trick or Treat Letterpress Plate, Big Shot, multipurpose platform, 1 cutting plate, 1 ¼” circle, ¼” Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon
To use Letterpress Plates, you will need a Big Shot machine, multipurpose platform, one standard cutting pad (as unused as possible) watercolor paper or card stock and Craft Stampin’ ink (pigment ink).
Pigment ink, such as Craft Stampin’ ink works best for letterpress projects. Classic (dye-based) Stampin’ ink does not lay down evenly on the plate or transfer evenly to paper.
Do not apply too much ink or your image will not look crisp.
You can use a Stampin’ Spot, Stampin’ Pad or brayer to apply the ink.
If you want to apply different colors of ink to one plate, it is easier to use a Stampin’ Spot. Simply dab the Stampin’ Spot to the plate.
If you want to apply one color of ink to the entire plate, it might be easier to use a brayer to apply the ink evenly. A brayer is also helpful if you want to create multiple projects because it allows you to re-ink the plate quickly.
Because the Letterpress Plates emboss so deeply into your paper, they may press into extremely small recessed areas such as scratches in cutting pads. For best results, we recommend that you use a cutting pad that is relatively new and unscratched.
Letterpress Plates work well on card stock and other paper. Porous paper (such as Watercolor paper) or paper with weakened fibers (such as textured card stock) will create a deeper impression.
Make sure you test your material before creating your projects to ensure you get the results you want.
- Apply Craft Stampin’ ink directly to the plate using one of the methods described above.
- Open the multipurpose platform to Tab 1. Place the inked Letterpress Plate face-up on the multipurpose platform.
- Place your paper on the Letterpress plate.
- Place a standard cutting pad on the top of the paper. Depending on the calibration of the Big Shot, you may need a paper or thin cardboard shim.
- Run the sandwich through the Big Shot.