Letterpress = Love Stampin’ Up! Style!

Hi All,

Here’s 3 cards that all proclaim I’m in love with Stampin’ Up’s new letterpress plates.   I have a post in the works that shares a lot of what I’ve discovered about using them but for now I thought I’d share the results.  One thing I have discoverd I’ll share now…Letterpress is all about the paper and then the ink!  Stamps aren’t really required except as an adjunct embellishment!  Shocking I know – LOL!

Whether you use this as a Valentine – yeah I know its early for that just yet –  or just to tell someone how you feel, the Letterpress look adds a touch of elegance.  My thought was that Lots of Love would work well not only for Valentines but Wedding, Anniversary, or really any occaison where you want someone to know they are loved.  Even Christmas a true feast centered on love. 

I borrowed Di Gibbs idea found here along with an excellent video tutorial for using Versamark as my ink of choice for this set of cards.  Then I started out basic, then tweaked, then tweaked some more!   Yep with me its all about the tweak!   Something I learned from my friend Cheryl.  If something is good it can usually be made still better!

Here they are:


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First Tweak:

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Second Tweak:

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There is actually another tweak possible that of adding the Ribbon piece to the last tweak but I decided that was over the top for a Stamp Camp project given the cost of the components.  One other thing I’m noticing.  My scanner appears to have converted the Very Vanilla layering pieces to white!!  So sad since the Very Vanilla adds to the vintage feel and elegance.

Here’s a fairly basic inside using the Northern Hearts Hostess set and another a tad more Valentines using the flower from Three Little Words (available free during this years SAB – hee,hee) and a sentiment from the Hostess set Occasional Quotes.  Can you see the impression that went all the way through?  It’s even on the section under the Very Vanilla layer piece!

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All images © Stampin' Up!

And lastly, here’s the shiny backside of the card a bit hard to see but in real life it looks all satin shiny like silk:

Supplies List:

Stamps: Northern Hearts (inside), Three Little Words & Occasional Quotes (inside) otherwise none used

Ink: Versamark, Real Red Classic Ink (inside image)

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red Textured Cardstock

Other:  Big Shot, Northern Trim Letterpress plate, Lots of Love Letterpress Plate, Pinking Hearts Corner and Border Punches, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals


I started out by running the folded card base through the Letterpress plate Lots of Love inked with Versamark.  Cool thing was that it left not only an impression on the front of the card but on each page/side or whatever you want to call it.  All the way to the back somewhat shiny looking impression of letters!  

Tip: Using two sheets of paper when using regular Cardstock makes for a deeper impression.  Spritzing the paper makes it even better but I forgot that little trick until after these samples were made.

I then inked again with Versamark and this time I just put through a smaller piece of Real Red textured cardstock with a backing scrap piece just centered over the large Love section of the plate.  I then trimmed down the piece to show the exact amount of Letterpressed impression I wanted.

Next I ran a narrow strip of the same Real Red textured Cardstock through the Northern Trim Letterpress plate.  Then I punched, matted and added pearls as needed for a simple but I think WoW card!


Duh Moment shared:  Finally realized today that all the Holiday mini product with Northern in the title are coordinated!  Same or similar images and style!!  How’s that for a very long aha time to notice!  Only took me 3 months!!  Northern Trim – Letterpress plate, Northern Frost – Sizzix Decorative Strip Die, Northern Hearts – Hostess Stamp Set, Northern Flurry – Textured Impressions Folder.   Given Stampin’ Up’s penchant for coordination I really should have figured that out sooner…Duh!

Edited to Add:

A few of you asked what the plates look like  here’s a view of the two used for this project. And of course you can order them and the rest of the supplies from my online store link in the sidebar!

Lots of Love Letterpress Plate


Northern Trim Letterpress plate



If you’ve read this far you really, really need a reward……

Blog Comment Reward:

Drop me a comment with which version of the card you prefer and why or what other tweaks you might suggest and I’ll put all comments through the number selector and send the winner a selection of cardstock Letterpress images to play with.

That’s it for this edition of Letterpress Playtime – have to prep for Saturday’s Stamp camp when we’ll be making Tweak # 2 along with 4 other fab projects.  If you are in the Medford, Oregon area give me a call and come join us  – there’s always room for one more and lots of fun to be had!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Veteran’s Day – A day of remembrance


Hi all,

I came across this image on the internet some time back and thought as the traditional image it was a perfect image for my Veteran’s Day blog post.  I love both the image and the vintage style.   It would  be lovely printed and included in a scrapbook. 

In researching Veteran’s Day I discovered that it was once known (and still is in many countries) as Remembrance Day and Poppies were the traditional symbol.   While originally intended as a day to never forget the sacrifices made by those who died,  today we reserve that primarily for Memorial Day and on Veterans day more and more we remember and honor our living Veterans  and all they’ve given and sacrificed.

I’ve noticed that many Americans tend to think of Veterans Day as only referring to our own Veterans and don’t realize that it is in fact an international celebration begun after World War I and originally called Armistice Day – a name that later after other wars followed transmuted to Remembrance Day and then Veteran’s Day.

Here’s a few links to the history and traditions of the day:



http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/vetday.pdf – a PDF that might be helpful for homeschoolers and those with projects they are working on.


And here’s a card that while I originally created it for Thanksgiving also works for thanks of a different kind today.

Day of Gratitude - all images Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip Classic Inks, Crumb Cake Marker, VersaMark, More Mustard & Old Olive Craft Ink

Paper:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Punches:  ½” Circle, 5 Petal, Boho Blossoms

Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Blossom Party Die, Build a Brad Kit, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sponge daubers,  Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Scissors, Linen Thread, Clear Blocks B,D, E, G – mini glue dots, dimensionals.

Note:  I’ll share more of the details another day when I compare it to another variant card from a recent Stamp Camp.  Just to whet your curiosity though I’ll mention that the squared die cut was created using the Top Note Die with the original die cut turned and run through the die a second time.  And the larger More Mustard Blossom was handcut and the smaller Old Olive blossom is a die cut from the die Blossom Party that coordinates beautifully with the Day of Gratitude Medallion shape.


May all our Veterans be blessed and find peace and healing according to their need.   They gave of themselves for the benefit of a “hopefully” grateful nation.   My thanks and gratitude to you all wherever you serve or live.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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