Saturday, February 6, 2010

Twenty five down, Seventy Five to go!

 


I decided to create our invitations and use a "letterpress" which I made by ordering a KF152 plate from Box Car Press, and using some "B" plates from my cuttlebug (along with a few shims, an old thin mousepad, a piece of cardstock and a folded up Vons circular). I got the idea from a site called the Frugal Crafter.

It took me about 30 practice runs on smaller objects and watercolor paper before I felt that it was safe to use the "Luxe" paper I had bought at PaperSource.

They came out great. This batch took me about 1.5 Hours. This is definately a labor of love, but this is one of the things I think is a ton of fun! I still also have envelopes and RSVP cards to press...woo hoo!

I used Speedball ink that is used for block printing and mixed gold and black together so the black has a bit of sheen to it. I also used a Speedball Soft brayer that I got at Michaels with a 40% off coupon...sadly it was more expensive than the one quoted at boxcar press, even with the 40% off, but it was raining and I didn't want to go on a wild goose chase.

I can't wait to get to send these out and see if everyone likes them :)
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6 comments:

Alison said...

Wow Jen, they look amazing! What is the emblem at the top?

RollerScrapper said...

Thanks Alison! That is the character for the word Love written in Chinese. I thought about using Double Happiness, but it was hard to find an image of that in a high resolution.

Alison said...

Well, it's perfect! I love the whole look. Good job!

Adeli said...

Those look neat. Love them! Only you can find a creative way to use your Cuttlebug!!

Anna said...

Hi there,

I came across your blog. May I know your "sandwich" configuration for the letterpress please :). Thanks.

RollerScrapper said...

So sorry I never commented back to Anna, but the sandwich is listed on that frugal crafter blog in the post, but if I remember I used 2 b plates, a super thin mouse pad, and cardstock as shims, along with the die and my paper, so plate, die, paper, notepad, other shims as needed, plate. I can't remember if that works best or flipping that whole sandwich over.