Howdy all! I don’t know if you’ve heard the big news, but Studio Calico has a new letterpress collection that works with Lifestyle Crafts letterpress platform. I was just over the moon when I heard about it! My new goodies arrived yesterday and I had a chance to play a bit today. This is so addicting — I know there’s going to be lots more letterpressing in my future. :)
The first plate I tried was the constellation . I just love this design so much! Jason’s birthday is Monday and I while I have a little present for him and plan on making him a dinner of all his faves — with dessert, of course — I just didn’t have anything special yet. Now I do! Feast your eyes.
I used my trusty typewriter to add the “I Love you more than all the stars” on a letterpressed label. And then! Then I had the idea to use the matching die to emboss the design and give it a little dimension. I just used some washi to hold it in place…
Then used a glue stick to adhere the label in place. You won’t believe how the silver ink shimmers in real life — the camera just doesn’t do it justice!
Here are some tips I learned along the way — I’m going to be experimenting some more with this but wanted to document it as I go:
- For the constellation, I used some 12×12 thick letterpress paper and trimmed it down to fit the 5×7″ frame.
- In order to get the label through my typewriter, I took apart a letterpress envelope and used that! Love how it still has the letterpress texture.
- This really cleaned up easier than I thought! I tried both a regular old baby wipe and the letterpress cleaning cloths and both worked just as well.
- At first I thought I’d die cut the label from the constellation piece and adhere the typewritten piece behind it, but the thick letterpress paper was just too darn thick! The dies cut just fine on the thin paper though.
- The plates were stained a little from the silver but I don’t think it will harm anything.
- I tried the constellation on regular cardstock and it kept the tiniest details better, but it wasn’t really letterpress to me. I did likey, though! I plan to try watercolor paper and bristol board too.
- Make sure you stock up on lotsa paper to start with! I want to letterpress everything in sight but I’m almost out of paper lol!
- A little ink really does go a looooong way. And it makes you want to keep letterpressing, ha!
- Everything dried lickety-split for me, but I’m in Texas and well it *was* 100 F. :)
- I got the frame at IKEA — it’s the ÖVRABY with a 5×7″opening. Love how the silver corners match the ink.
Can’t wait to experiment some more with this! Let me know if you have any q’s and I’ll try to answer them as best I can, being a total newbie lol! And if you have any tips to share I’d love to hear!
Oh and one more thing! Studio Calico is having a letterpress class this month — class is already in session, but you can still sign up until September 15th and you’ll have forever access. There’s a fun kit that ships free with the class while supplies last, too! And it includes a little sample tube of the silver ink that I used.
Can’t wait to play some more.
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Hi all! Don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but my friend Linda Trace (aka cutiepiechan, aka one super fun and awesome stamper, aka half of the genius behind A Blog Named Hero) just had a baby girl! Yay! Congratulations, Linda! So happy for you! And the pictures of Olivia are just so adorable!
Mary Dawn (aka the other half of the genius behind A Blog Named Hero and one hilarious chica) organized a blog hop to celebrate the big occasion! At first it was called “Linda’s About to Pop Hop” but then Olivia arrived so she quickly changed it to “The Linda’s Popped Hop” lol! More on the hop later — on to the card!
I was hunting around my studio for a baby stamp to use when I spied the “Welcome Baby” in the September Studio Calico Bubblegum card kit add-on. Then I knew just what I wanted to do, as this kit comes with silver leaf sequins and some fun flower stamps.
So, first I misted a base kraft card with pink neon Mister Huey’s (yes, they come in neon as a limited edition — mini bottles of bright neon goodness! Love). Had to add a little seafoam and white too. Then I stamped the Welcome Baby twice — first in Hero Arts’ new soft silver ink, then I used a stamp positioner to stamp it slightly offset in navy.
I just love this new soft silver – can’t get enough of it! It’s so pretty and well — soft! Ha.
Then I went to town stamping flowers and leaves in various colors. Can you believe I used three different pinks here? (See supplies at the end of the post for the list.) I was trying for kind of a new take on the typical pink baby theme, but wanted to keep it soft and sweet too. What do you think?
I had to add some Hero Arts silver metallic decor – if you haven’t seen them, they are kinda like enamel dots, only well, metallic. Yum.
Then once Linda had Olivia I peeled up some flowers and added her name with my trusty typewriter — just love using typewritten words to personalize cards. I typed it on copy paper and left the end free for extra dimension.
Can’t wait to send this to Linda! Now, on with the hop!
Here’s the list of hoppers welcoming sweet Olivia to the world! You should have arrived here via Kelly Latevola’s blog, but no worries if you didn’t! :)
- Mary Dawn Quirindongo
- Chari Moss
- Danielle Walls
- Leslie Hanna
- Sue McRae
- Melissa Shea
- Stephanie Britt
- Kelly Latevola
- Lisa Spangler <– you are here
- Lucy Newton
- Cristina Martinez
- Michelle Lupton
- Tina Basa
- Michelle Liimatainen
- Cheiron Brandon
- Libby Hickson
- Wanda Guess
- Jennifer McGuire
Your next stop is the sweet Lucy Newton at Dulces Creaciones blog — cannot wait to see what she’s made! Happy hopping, and congratulations again to Linda! xx
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15 years ago today I married my soulmate and best friend, Jason. Just can’t believe how fast time has flown by! I guess it’s really true what they say — time flies when you’re having fun!
AND, I had extra fun making him an anniversary card — here’s a little peek:
I gave it to J while we were staying at a little cabin near Riding Mountain national park in Manitoba, Canada. He really loved it!
To see the whole card, click on over to the BasicGrey blog where you’ll find a little tutorial on how to make your own typewriter keys.
See ya there,
Hi! Have you heard the happy news? Jennifer and Ken McGuire have a new baby, Lila! A bunch of us decided to make a ton of cards to welcome her into the world over here at Jana’s blog — and you can even join in the fun too if you like! (Check it out.)
Here’s the card I made:
None of the baby stamps that I have felt exactly right, so I decided to stick to patterned paper for this card. That’s right, no stamping! (Can you believe it?)
I had fun using my typewriter on a background that I made in photoshop — something about the old + new appeals to me, ha! And of course I had to add a little washi tape.
- Marketing Script font from dafont.com
- This fun Sunday Sketch from Studio Calico based on Stephanie Dagan’s card
- Circle punch by EK Success
- Pinked edge circle die by Spellbinders
- This awesome set of narrow (!) pastel washi tape by MT
- Mr. Huey’s Calico White mist by Studio Calico
- Classic Calico and Take Note 6×6 paper pads by Studio Calico
- Small and medium pearls by Hero Arts
Congratulations and big big hugs to the whole McGuire family! So happy for you all. Welcome to the world sweet Lila!
Off to check out the cards,
Here are two more Mother’s Day cards I just had to share! The first one is for J’s Mom (Mom, if you are reading this stop now ha ha!)
I used my new typewriter to make the message on this one — love the typewriter so much! I’ll be writing a post all about it and places to look for typewriters/things to watch out for soon.
The crepe paper flowers are stickers by Martha Stewart — I’ve been hoarding them (er, saving them for a special occasion) for a while now.
Love the patterned paper too — it’s by Crate Paper. I used some more to create a card for J’s Grandma!
Love that stamp, I used it to make so many cards for my Grandma. Was thinking about her when I made this one.
Hope you have a great weekend, and wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
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