Love and Letterpress: Super Simple Lettpress Valentine’s Cards

Let’s continue our week of quick and easy Valentine’s Day cards with this Super Simple Letterpress Card!

I love letterpress. It is such a gorgeous and elegant technique to use on cards. But here’s a little tip: You don’t need color for letterpress to leave an impression! Let the texture of the debossed design stand alone on your cards and you’ll quickly see how gorgeous letterpress can be without ink.

But of course ink is gorgeous, too. Especially when you keep the color to a minimum, like I did with this card.

What gives this card its maximum impact is the splash of Real Red ink that I used to color just a small portion of the Lots of Love Letterpress Plate before running it through the Big Shot. The eye is automatically drawn to the pop of color. And it really enhances this clean and simple design. A small heart cut out using the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die adds a beautiful final touch.

If you really like color, try inking several portions of the letterpress plate in different colors for a whole new look and feel.

This time I inked three of the “love”s using Real Red, Old Olive, and Regal Rose. By using a mix of colors and inking more than one of the “love”s, it gave this card a fun and more casual feel.

Going with this week’s theme, these are some quick cards you can create in little time. Perfect for creating multiples in a short amount of time! If you want to try this “minimalist” letterpress style on one of your cards, here’s another tip: Stack two pieces of cardstock/paper when you run your letterpress sandwich through the Big Shot to create an even deeper and more noticeable debossing of the design. I did that with these cards and it really makes the debossed design stand out more than usual.

Remember that you can purchase all of the supplies to make these cards in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store. And right now, for every $50 you spend, you can earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products as part of our Sale-a-bration promotion. And make sure to read the Moose News section at the end of this post for all of the latest information on promotions and deals from Stampin’ Up!

Coming Up: More quick and easy cards on their way!

Until next time…

 

Project Recipe:
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Regal Rose
Paper:
Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Lots of Love Letterpress Plate, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die (Occasions Mini), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store

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4 thoughts on “Love and Letterpress: Super Simple Lettpress Valentine’s Cards

  1. Margaret Moody says:

    Love your letterpress card, Jacqueline! I agree with you! You don’t always need color for letterpress to leave an impression! Love the featured word in Real Red! That’s truly all it needed to make a beautiful statement! Hope you’re doing well! Loved browsing your blog! Take care! — MM : )

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Margaret, Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! Means a lot to me that you enjoyed this card! I’m doing great and hope you are as well! ~Jacqueline

  3. Rachel says:

    I love this card, but cannot get mine to get that much depth to the embossing. Do you have any hints? Also, do you use the craft as suggested or not? Thanks!

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I’ve left some great letterpress tips in this blog post that answer your questions. But here they are again for quick reference:
    To get a deeper debossing, stack two pieces of watercolor paper or cardstock together when you run it through the Big Shot. This allows the letterpress plate to press more deeply into your paper and leave a deeper impression. As for ink, I actually prefer using the classic ink as it turns out brighter than craft ink does. Hope that helps! ~Jacqueline

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