Letterpress Christmas Cards

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I did some more playing with my L Letterpress kit last night. I can’t stress enough how little ink you really need to get a good impression. The slightest bit more and you’ll have problems with smudging.

The above card was made using the A2 size cotton letterpress paper (it comes pre-scored). After arranging the printing plates on the platform where I wanted them, I inked up the Holiday Printing Plate in red ink, the reindeer in brown, and the greeting in red also.

I use the Big Shot with the Letterpress kit. I don’t need to use any card stock or shims with mine. The impression is always nice and deep.

To finish off the card, I wrapped a piece of Chocolate Chip 1/4″ Twill Ribbon around the card and tied it into a knot. This is really beautiful and I think it would make a striking Christmas card.

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The Holiday Printing plate collection includes this gorgeous tree image. I inked up the tree in red ink and the Christmas greeting in Silver ink, running it through the Big Shot with A7 size cotton paper. I trimmed the paper down and layered it onto textured chocolate chip card stock, cut to 7″ x 10″ so I could use a 5″x7″ envelope.

To give the tree some more sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the image while the ink was still wet. It picks up a little of the shimmer in the metallic silver ink and just makes it more festive. At the top of the tree, I added a small sticky rhinestone for the star.

Dasher Christmas Cards

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This Dasher reindeer is my new favorite image. I ordered the Decor Element as part of my hostess benefits and I plan on putting it in a frame as shown in the catalog. As soon as I do that, I’ll be sure to post pictures! For now, these cards will have to do.

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The above card uses chocolate chip card stock for the base, layered with Chocolate Chip DSP in a striped pattern. I stamped Dasher in Real Red in on whisper white and punched it out using a large circle punch. Behind that, I layered real red card stock punched with the giga scallop punch.

I traced the reindeer’s antlers with my fine tip glue pen and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds. Then, I stamped “make merry” from Berry Christmas in real red ink on whisper white. I punched it out using the Word Window Punch, layered with chocolate chip Modern Label Punch.

Lastly, I tied some Real Red polka dot grosgrain around the front, with the knot over on the left side.

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The second card uses the same base card stock and DSP. This time, I stamped Dasher in Versamark and heat embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder. Then, using Nestabilities, I cut/embossed the white circle around the stamped image. That was layered on kiwi kiss card stock cut with a larger Nestabilities circle die and the edges sponged with Kiwi Kiss ink.

At the top of the card, I tied some Old Olive 1 1/4″ Striped Ribbon in a knot and attached it to the base with a glue dot. I also put small glue dots behind each “tail” of the bow to keep it lying flat.

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