Playing with Impressibilities – Post 2

impress1I tried a couple more techniques with my Impressibility dies.  Both involve getting inky!

First, I tried the “Letter Press Technique”. 

I first saw this on the Spellbinders blog, but since have seen it other places as well. 



letterpress1Basically, you just coat your Impressibility die with ink before you do the embossing.  The “debossed” (pressed in) part of the paper ends up coated with ink. 

I have had the best success with opaque pigment or chalk ink.  I like to use Versamagic or Colorbox Chalk ink

letterpress2In the sample card, I used Versamagic Cloud White on Prism Nautical Blue Medium paper.  While its not completely opaque, I was very happy with the ink effect.

I have done this with Spellbinder dies before.  I like to ink the Tag and Ribbon Slide dies before I cut and emboss – so I can get a colored frame.  I do like the opaque inks best for this because the thicker inks give more even coverage.

letterpresssentFor the sentiment here, I used the Labels 4 die and inked it before cutting and embossing.  I used Memento (Danube Blue) ink because it was the best color match, but I don’t think the ink coverage is as even as with the Versamagic inks. 

I’ve tried a technique like this with the Cuttlebug folders – but I think these Impressibilities are much easier for this technique.  They ink up very easily and I got good ink transfer.

One thing though – if your inked die is bigger than the paper, the ink will transfer to your tan mat.  You can also get ink outlines when you cut inked tags.  My tan mat is stained but it does not bother me.  Just letting you know in case it would bother you.

forestsquirelThe other ink technique I tried is kind of the opposite.  












inkedsteep1I embossed the Impressibility Die– this is the Paisley Die after is was embossed on Prism Island Mist Medium cardstock.

I spritzed the paper very lightly with water before I embossed.  I think it makes a deeper, sharper impression.






inkedstep2 Then I applied Versafine Vintage Sepia over the top, first by pressing the pad over and then touching up with a duster brush to get more ink into the tiny corners.  This was quicker and easier than it sounds.

If you wanted a more subtle effect, you could just use the brush to ink lightly.  Or choose an ink color only a little darker than the base cardstock.

I also want to play with some of the Brilliance metallic inks – bet that would look great.  Or what if you used Versamark and them embossed the background?  Or maybe the glue pad and glitter – huh? huh?   Oh… the possibilities!  Still more experiments to do!

By the way, the image on the card is from the Greeting Farm Forest Friends set.  Those squirrels are cute!

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