Sunday, 2 October 2011

Letterpress success

I've recently become interested in old letterpress printing blocks as I've seen some lovely vintage images used on letterpress printed cards and stationery recently. I wondered whether I would be able to get them to print without a letterpress printing machine and as there are lots of blocks for sale on ebay for not much money, I decided to risk buying one to try it out.  So I bought this lovely old fashioned Christmas greeting and set about experimenting.

I first tried just hand printing with an ink pad and a mouse mat underneath my cardstock to make a surface with some "give".  It worked but not very well and there was no impressed effect. So I was very brave and carefully prised the metal print plate from its wooden block and set about experimenting with my Cuttlebug until I found a sandwich that worked. I also remembered reading somewhere that using Versamark on a stamp underneath the ink might give a better impression - and it did!

It doesn't show up in my photo, but the greeting is impressed into the card. I cut the print out with a tag die and added holly stamps. Then I used Old Paper Distress Ink on the edges, matted onto some red card, and cut it out.

I couldn't resist making some more cereal packet chipboard accents yesterday and added one to my tag before attaching to a Favor-It Box which had had the Papertrey impression plate treatment. As you can see I tried printing in red too and I'm not sure that I don't like that version even more than the green. I just need to work out how to get the greeting onto the inside of a Christmas card now.

This little project will be entered into the current A Passion for Papertrey challenge and its also a SECOND (good grief!!) entry for the Make-It-Monday challenge over on {Capture the Moment}.

I can't wait to find a few more suitable printing blocks to try but don't worry Hannah, if you are reading this I don't think I'll be going into the letterpress business! The process is a bit fiddly and rather hit and miss. So I'll still be looking for my letterpress goodies at Little Red Press!

Stamps: Papertrey's: Holy Jolly; Love Lives Here
Dies (all Papertrey): Favor-It Box 3; Tag Sale 1; Mat Stack 1; Love Lives Here collection
Other: Papertrey Linen & Canvas Impression Plate


  1. These are very effective and I like the red ink best too. Love the little house made from ceral packets. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. wow- you are brave Ann - well done on the experiment and its success. Love the little house accent.

  3. oooh, the little chipboard house is so CUTE!!! I love your letterpress tag, I think your experimentation paid off with a beautiful finished project!!

  4. Oooh what a fab result from your experiment! I LOVE letterpressed images/sentiments!
    Thanks for joining us on A Passion for Papertrey!

  5. awesome...such a cute little house!

  6. Oooooh! Gorgeous. I especially love the addition of the cute little house - it suits that vintage letterpress just perfectly.

  7. You've done really well, Ann, to get this printing without a press and I absolutely love the little block! Great result - looks authentically vintage and so beautifully finished off. (Sounds like hard work though.)

  8. I have just found your gorgeous blog, i am now a follower xx

  9. Oh they are so lovely!!! They actually look vintage, which I like. :) Great job, Ann! :)

  10. Oh Ann, the result was worth all the trial!!!!Looks really professional like all your paperworkii

  11. These are gorgeous Ann, you're very brave puttin the letterpress through your cuttlebug! It looks fantastic!

  12. Oh, I love the idea of using old letterpress plates, so cute! I adore vintage ;-)
    Hugs xx


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