Letterpress & Foiling + Giveaway

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.

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

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).)

Let’s start with the cards that don’t require a foiling machine. These all work with regular die cut machines. I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine (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!

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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).

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Check out that detail…

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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).

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the “JOY”, I used gold cardstock. It is so pretty!

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Now for the foiling cards. These require the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System (SSS | SB).

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.

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the background, I used the Spellbinders Laurel & Bows Cut and Emboss Folder (SSS | SB).

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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).

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I just can’t get over that wonderful shine!

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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,

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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. 🙂

Letterpress & Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

RELATED VIDEOS

Here are a few other videos that may be helpful:

BLOG HOP

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.)

GIVEAWAY

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.)

SUPPLIES

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.

Spellbinders Merry Christmas Banner…
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Spellbinders Thank You Glimmer Hot…
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Spellbinders Joy Etched Dies
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Spellbinders Deck the Halls Dies
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Happiest Birthday…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Laurel & Bows Cut and…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Classic Christmas Cut &…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Reindeer Games Glimmer…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Hot…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments 2…
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinder Ornament Glimmer Hot Foil…
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Santas Workshop Etched Dies
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Hot Foil
[ SPL | SSS ]
Hero Arts Shadow Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | HA | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SPL | SSS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS | SPL ]
Simon Says Stamp Metal Adaptor Plate
[ SSS ]
Couture Creations Creative Detailer Tool
[ SSS ]
Mono Sand Eraser
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | HA | ELH ]
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
[ SSS | HA ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
[ SSS ]
Lucy’s Cards Soft Snowball Pearls
[ SSS ]
Lucy’s Carsd Porcelain Pearls
[ SSS ]
Tonic Berry Red Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Scissors
[ SSS ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS ]


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273 thoughts on “Letterpress & Foiling + Giveaway”

  1. What a great idea to use the foil plates for Letterpress. I hadn’t thought of that, but certainly makes them even more versatile!

  2. Jennifer,
    I really like these cards done with the foiling and the letter press. They are simple but elegant and loved all the tips on how to use the dies as letterpress too. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  3. I love these cards. You always demonstrate how you to achieve multi looks while using the same products “stretching what you have.” Thanks for all of you videos

  4. What a wonderful selection of cards, techniques and new supplies! Thanks for another great video.

  5. This really peaks my interests! I would love to win this contest. My very favorite is the Merry Christmas ornament.

  6. Oh my, never realized you could use the plates in such unique ways. Gotta get me some now. I really liked them before but hadn’t invested in the system but I may have to add it to my crafty stash.

  7. Gorgeous cards! I have been watching your videos for the past few days and I have learned so much! You are very creative and so kind to share your ideas with all of us.

    Thank You,
    Carol B

  8. I love the faux letterpress looks you have created. I don’t have the hot foiling machine but will definitely give these other ideas a try

  9. I am fairly new to this craft and am bonkers… I just retired so I can do this all day if I want! Love it! To learn, before I invest in new supplies, I’ve been sort of binge-watching…I love your video demonstrations, Jennifer:)
    The Letterpress give away is looking pretty nice, as I didn’t get much help at the craft store when I asked.
    Trudy

  10. Wonderful cards – always enjoy your technique videos as you show us how to stretch and use our many products! Lots of things to try this weekend!

  11. I have a letter press kit, although I haven’t used it for a very long time. You have inspire me (as you always do) to get it out and use it. Love all your examples. Letter press seems to just scream Christmas and the holidays.

  12. What a neat idea for using dies another way. I love your videos and have just now discovered your blog as well. Not sure what took me so long to come here. Love all you do and how you incorporate different items to make something beautiful.

  13. Wow your cards are always beautiful but I think you outside yourself. These are gorgeous! I’ve had trouble not getting the foil to stick to my cards. I always have patches where the foil is very then or noon existent. I don’t know why since I follow the directions, but maybe I will try again. I have several plates and foil now so I probably should. Thanks for the video.

  14. Gorgeous projects. I don’t have a hot foil machine so I appreciate the ideas for using these products in other ways. I love the Santa’s Workshop Dies — so fun and versatile.

  15. I have some 3 of these dies in my cart. Thanks so much for showing us how to use these dies for letterpressing. I don’t plan on purchasing any hot foil system but I love letterpress and I like spellbinders dies. Thanks so much for these techniques.

    Patonslake

  16. Thanks so much for shaing these techniques! I love the letterpress look, and the foiling dies Spellbinders has are gorgeous! While I love foil, I haven’t gotten the bug YET for the glimmer foiling machine so love an alternate use for the beautiful dies.

  17. I just cannot stop watching your amazing videos and looking at your blog. I’m so excited about the letterpress technique. Waiting for my supplies to arrive. I really appreciate all your instructions and products that you use being so easy to access. Thank you so very much.

  18. Love that you inspire us to use what we have in our current inventory. The bottom line is, I am never done expanding on this hobby of mine! Thank you for all that youdo, I love your ability to create:)

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