Hello! Today I am sharing two excellent techniques for simple-yet-wow card designs – letterpress and foiling. I even combine the two! This is all about getting more out of your products.
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For all of my cards today, I used foil plates and dies from Spellbinders. (However, you can try this with other brands, too!) Depending on how you use these products, you can get either letterpress or foiling effects. Be sure to watch my video to understand these techniques. (Also, you can check out THIS video for more on the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System (SSS | SB).)
My first card shows how to do basic “letterpress” with a Spellbinders foil plate. My favorite paper for this technique is Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper – it works great! I inked the raised surface of the Spellbinders Merry Christmas Banner Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB) with Hero Arts Mint Julep Ink and laid it onto my paper and ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine (SSS | SB) along with a Spellbinders Embossing Mat. (See the video for the plates that I used.) This causes the plate to press into the paper and leave the ink in the impression. So cool and simple!
You can even use this “letterpress” technique with multiple colors of ink. This features the Spellbinders Thank You Glimmer Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB). Such a simple card… but the texture is lovely in real life.
Combining letterpress with foiling is also fun. For this, I used the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System (SSS | SB) to foil the word “happiest” of the Spellbinders Happiest Birthday Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB). I then used the “letterpress” technique to ink the other words.
If you don’t have any foil plates, you can also do letterpress with regular dies! Here, I used the “letterpress” technique on the blue ornament from the Spellbinders Deck the Halls Dies (SSS | SB). It adds lots of texture and detail! The background is from a cool embossing folder that also cuts – the new Spellbinders Classic Christmas Cut & Emboss Folder (SSS | SB).
Check out that detail…
It is also fun to combine “letterpress” with heat embossing. For the background on this, I inked the raised edges of the Spellbinders Joy Etched Dies (SSS | SB) with Versamark Ink and did the letterpress technique on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. I then gold heat embossed. This gives a thin gold line in the impression. I added lots of little die cuts and a foiled sentiment using the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Hot Foil Plates (SSS | SB).
For the “JOY”, I used gold cardstock. It is so pretty!
This card also uses the Spellbinders Merry Christmas Banner Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB) I used for letterpress above. The foiled version is very different but lovely, too.
My next card combines foiling and die cutting. Believe it our not, this card doesn’t take too long to put together and is full of detail. That is why I enjoy using foil plates and dies together! If you don’t have a foil machine, you could do this design with letterpress for the ornament instead. The plates and dies for this card are all included in the Spellbinder Glimmer Ornament Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB).
I just can’t get over that wonderful shine!
I also wanted to do a card to share that you can foil on things other than cardstock. Here, I used the Spellbinders Reindeer Games Hot Foil Plate (SSS | SB) to foil on vellum! I added die cuts from the adorable Spellbinders Santas Workshop Etched Dies (SSS | SB) and a foiled Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Plates (SSS | SB) sentiment,
It is hard to see the shine of the foil but it looks amazing on vellum. And I added a Tonic Berry Red Nuvo Drops red nose. 🙂
Here are a few other videos that may be helpful:
- Video showing how to use the Spellbinders Glimmer Machine.
- Video showing “letterpress” with die cuts.
- Video showing detailed “letterpress” with dies.
Today I am participating in the Spellbinders Holiday Blog Hop. I really enjoy using their products since there are so many different styles and they can be used in many creative ways. You can find the new release HERE.
The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite humans… Debby Hughes. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Spellbinders Blog.)
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Leave a comment by 8/25/19.(To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be posted on the Spellbinders Blog.)
Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Spellbinders products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.