Hi everyone, and welcome! Pinkfresh Studio has a new collection available today; they’re introducing press plates! This metal plate can be inked up and, when run through a die machine with paper, will impress its design into the paper. Cotton and watercolor paper both work really well with the letterpress technique.
I spent a little getting-to-know-you time in my craft room with the new, super-pretty Ornate Trellis press plate! I could have made a card in every color but stopped at three. And I ended up using it in a way it wasn’t explicitly designed for; I used it as a hot foil plate.
*Now comes the warning: If you should decide to use a press plate as a hot foiling plate and accidentally foil the plate instead of your paper (I haven’t done it in a while, but it happens), you might no longer be able to use the press plate with ink. But I’m guessing at that, and I have not foiled any of my new press plates to find out. So… Please be careful out there!
I hot foiled on white cardstock with cobalt blue and pastel green. Then, I foiled on cream-colored cardstock with pastel orange. I was having fun with this charming trellis design and could have gone on, but I managed to stay focused and follow through with my three projects. 😊
I used the coordinating Ornate Trellis die with the blue design and popped it up with foam tape on a card base that included a panel of the reverse foil, made with the solid hot foil plate, as the background. For the pastel green and orange cards, I trimmed the foiled panels down just a bit and used fun foam to pop them up over cardstock card bases.
Then, I made a pile of vellum flowers to be placed on the card front as the background for my sentiments. I used the Brighter Days stamp, die sets, and white heat embossed onto vellum. I used Pinkfresh inks to color the back of the die-cut flowers, and when it was time to adhere them to my cards, I decided to include some Leafy Branches made from white cardstock.
I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today. Please let me know if you have any questions, I respond to all comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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