Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ink Transfer using your Embossing Machine:

To achieve the background for the cameo Elaine Benedict used a technique that some people are calling "letterpress" and I  am calling "ink transfer". She started by tapping a pink distress ink called "spun sugar" all over her background tapestry stencil (LJ907) and then placed it face up on the thick white plate of her embossing machine. (Please note that stacking the plates in the right order is important so you don't bend your stencil.) She then placed her digital or glossy card stock face down on the inked stencil and followed this with a thick rubber embossing mat by "Stamping Details"(REM). The last two acrylic plates were then placed on top of this rubber mat. (If you are using a Cuttlebug it would be two "B" plates.) Just be sure these acrylic plates are not warped because the end result could be a curved stencil. I recommend that you have two acrylic plates that you use just for embossing with your stencils to avoid this pitfall. Then she embossed this stack of thick white plate, stencil, paper, rubber and last the two acrylic plates through her embossing machine. You want them to go through firmly for the best embossing results. This then transfers the ink from the stencil onto the cardstock and embossed the tapestry design at the same time. I have an instruction sheet on how to stack the plates through your embossing me at if you are needing this.

She then paste embossed the cameo (LL3017) in Glossy Black Embossing Paste (DGKP) and the happy birthday (LM248) was paste embossed with the Translucent Embossing Paste (DEPT) and sprinkled with a pink glitter. 

This cameo stencil (LL3017) seems to lend itself to this colorway, because this past Thursday design team member, Louise Healy, posted another beautiful rendition of the same stencil for our black and pink colorway challenge. In fact design team member, Pam Hornschu used the same cameo and colorway on her August 25 posting. Yes, these ladies are truly kindred spirits...makes me want to go do my own version right now. LOL!

I want to thank several of you for designing cards to go on my blog this year. Elaine Benedict and Marj Marion have been popular guest designers. Those of you who have occasionally joined our challenges and leave comments keep our creative spirits soaring. So if you are an adventuresome stenciler and would like to join our team be sure to check back next Thursday for more details on what it takes to belong to the Dream Team. Tomorrow we will have another pink and black creation, see you then!


Wendy said...

I am loving these pink & black cards Lynell!!! Great card Elaine. I love your classic style!!!

Louise said...

Beautiful card Elaine! I am loving the ink transfer technique more each time I see it!

Deborah March said...

What a soft, beautiful, oh-so-feminine card...LOVE the letterpress technique!

Pam Hornschu said...

Loving this card from Elaine. I still say we need to add her to our team! Maybe as guest designer occasionally? Love that soft "Spun Sugar" color with the glossy black Cameo!

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