Yay! It’s DIY Wednesday.
Today’s DIY technique is faux letterpress.
What’s letterpress, you ask? Well, my explanation is really dumbed down, but letterpress is a form of printing. Metal blocks are used to print and imprint beautiful designs onto stationary.
Walk into any small, hip mom & pop stationary store or cool, indie craft fair and you’ll likely find a ton of letterpress cards and prints.
I pretty much go nuts when I spy letterpress stationary. I love the look so this is my faux way of letterpress’ing it.
To pull off this technique, you are going to need:
* Paper drink coasters or Technique Tiles from Technique Tuesday. I prefer the Technique Tiles because they are a bit thicker, but coasters will work.
* A stamp or 2
* An embossing stylus
* Inks (dye and chalk)
* Some kind of sealer. I am using car wax as my sealer. Curious as to why? Read on, friends. Read on. 😉
Let’s get started.
First, coat your coaster with two colors of chalk ink.
Let the inks sit a minute or so.
Using dye ink, stamp on the coaster with your image.
Let the coaster sit a minute or so.
Take the small end of your embossing stylus and rub it along the image’s lines. Keep rubbing until the image looks like it has a little texture.
Complete any additional stamping to your coaster.
Next, apply a sealant. I’ve used Glossy Accents. It works. However, for this project here, I don’t want a glossy finish. Instead, I am using CAR Wax. Believe it or not, it totally works.
Rub the wax onto your tile. Your ink will not bleed with this stuff! 🙂 (It does a little with the Glossy Accents. ) Rub the wax off.
And woolah! The end result is this. Check out that texture. Oh la la.
Your tile is ready to be used on a project. 🙂
Here are two projects I’ve made with this technique.
The base of this bookmark is a Technique Tile from Technique Tuesday. The nice thing about their tiles is they are a bit thicker so it’s a little easier to get texture with the stylus.
I used a regular old drink coaster for card. It’s the kind of coaster you’d get at a bar. It took a bit more pressure with the stylus. I didn’t get quite as strong of an impression, but it worked.
Anyway, that’s it for today!
Be back again tomorrow.