Die Cut Letterpress + Giveaways

Hello! I have shared many different types of faux letterpress techniques in the past. However, none of them can compare to today’s technique. The results are such fun!

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I  *love* letterpress! And am happy to share what I have found to be the best way to get the look of true letterpress using die cutting supplies. It is great for mass producing!

I have lots of examples to share. Be sure to watch the video for a better explanation of how this technique works.

For my first two cards, I used the Spellbinders Little Plants Die Set (SSS | SPL). This is a great set with unique leaves. I die cut two of each of the leaves from cardstock, and one from vellum. I stacked them together with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I then inked up the vellum side with dye ink and laid them onto a piece of watercolor paper. I ran this through my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Embossing Mat. This presses the stacked die cuts and ink into the paper, giving the look of letterpress.

Check out how well this works! I do like results best with watercolor paper. You get less tearing with intricate die cuts.

I added white Nuvo Drops and a sentiment from the Birch Press Hooray for Everything Stamp Set.

With intricate dies such as these, I found the best combination to be two heavyweight cardstock pieces and one piece of vellum. (The vellum is good for transferring the ink.) However, you may have to experiment a bit with how many to stack.

As for the plate sandwich for your die cut machine – just use your machine as you normally using embossing folders, but use the Spellbinders Embossing Mat. Once you experiment a bit, you will be able to do this technique over and over.

Next I used the Spellbinders Lavender Swag Die (SSS | SPL) and the “hello” from the Spellbinders Phrase Set 2 Dies (SSS | SPL). I “pressed” them into watercolor paper with Gina K Peach Bellini and Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink. Swoon! I added tiny white Nuvo Drops to the flowers and stamped a small sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers Stamp Set.

I used the Spellbinders Poppies Pocket Die (SSS | SPL) to create the letterpress look for these next three cards. I was impressed with how well the large die worked!

By the way, I added Wink of Stella Shimmer to all the impressed ink for added shine. However, for a true letterpress look, you can skip this step. I use a “hello” stacked die cut with silver embossing on top… and a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers Stamp Set.

Here I used multiple colors for the inking…

I also did a few more super quick cards while I was at it. This one uses the Spellbinders Snowflakes Etched Dies (SSS | SPL) and Spellbinders Phrase Set 2 Dies (SSS | SPL) “thank you.”

Here I just used the Spellbinders Phrase Set 2 Dies (SSS | SPL) “hello” with a gold heat embossed sentiment from the My Favorite Things Bitty Bears Stamp Set.

And how about super simple? I just used multiple inks to impress the Spellbinders Phrase Set 2 Dies (SSS | SPL) “thank you.” That’s it!

Now this last card was actually the first I made. Since these shapes are pretty basic and solid, I used three pieces of cardstock instead of two. (I probably could have just used two. Less is actually better.) I do recommend testing for best results. But these Spellbinders Dog Club Dies (SSS | SPL) doggies turned out great and I will be making more of these. The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Furever Friends Stamp Set.


Here are a few other videos you might like…


Today I am a part of a Spellbinders blog hop. This is exciting for me since my friend Yana Smakula asked me to participate. She works for Spellbinders. Spellbinders changed ownership a few years ago and I have enjoyed seeing them grow since then. So I was glad to play today! These dies are beautiful.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Seth Apter. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop on the Spellbinders blog.)


Interested in a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/19/17. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Also, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by 10/19/17 11:59pmEDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.


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460 thoughts on “Die Cut Letterpress + Giveaways”

  1. I love how you show a new technique and then make lots of cards using it. They are all so pretty. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Beautiful cards, wonderful dies and another terrific technique from Jennifer! This is such a great idea–and I believe I have left over letter press paper from making our daughter’s wedding invitations a few years ago. I’m going to have to give it a try!

  3. This is such an awesome technique. Going to definitely try this. Love your use of multiple inks on a card. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this letterpress technique Jennifer and I will definitely give it a try, and all the examples are great. Thank you for the wonderful video you made too which explains it perfectly. x

  5. I love your amazing ability to see products and use them in unique ways! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE letterpress, even bought the Lifestyle Crafts starter kit, but couldn’t get good results. Thrilled to know how easy it is to make my own letterpress cards now with the massive amounts of dies that I’ve accumulated! Some will be even more perfect for this technique than traditional die cuts on cards! You’re the best of the best of the best and I adore you and all the time and thought that goes into each and every video. I appreciate all the behind the scenes work you did to figure out the vellum layer for the stamping surface, too. Will make going home and recreating some letterpress cards much easier! Thanks for you and all you do and all you’ve done.

  6. Letterpress, what a wonderful technique and simple enough for a beginner like me. Thank you, Jennifer for sharing all of your beautiful ideas.

  7. This es amazing!! I am new to this hobby and I´m LOVING your blog, videos, techniques, materials and your”MY FAVORITE CRAFTY THINGS”… I am making quit a LIST! LOL! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I love watching your videos because you are so thorough and you create the most gorgeous cards. Wow, these cards are stunning, I have never tried this technique but it is definitely on my list of things to try this week.

  9. I’m such a big fan of Spellbinders stuff! Then seeing what you brilliant people can do with them makes me excited to try some new stuff! Thank you for your endless card making! 🙂

  10. Lovely as always Jennifer. I probably should do this but I want to use this oppertunity to reach as many people as possible. We found out today that my brother has lung cancer that has metastasized to 5 of his vertebra. All I’m asking for is prayers that he some how survives this very aggressive cancer. He has a young daughter who her Dad is her whole world. He is the pillar of our family. As I write this I can’t believe these words are being written especially since my mother and sister also are fighting cancer! I know that’s hard to believe, it is for us too. All I want is for prayers to be said.
    Thank you so very much my crafty friends.

    1. My prayers are with you and your family. I have had lung cancer twice and am now in complete remission even though I will be taking an oral chemo for the rest of my life.

  11. WOW! These cards are to way beyond beautiful!
    Love all your techniques, tips and passion for cardmaking.
    Will surely try this since new to the die-cutting scene. Also, I have been up till the wee hours of morning binge-watching your videos. Thanks for that 😉

  12. Your cards are lovely! Thank you for the tutorial on how you did the letterpress. I’m definitely going to try this technique myself.

  13. I love this technique. It looks easy and perfect for making mass quantities of cards. They are simple and elegant looking.

  14. Jennifer, Can I just say- Oh My Goodness! Your card samples are all Exquisite!! Has Hallmark or American Greeting called you yet?? They should! These are absolutely beautiful and the way use showcase Spellbinders dies, well, makes me want one of each!
    Brilliant Work!
    Jackie “)

  15. What a great technique and I love that templates are reuseable. I really love the card with the two puppies. Thanks fro sharing!

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