Make-It-Yourself Greeting Cards & More for Autumn
Step 1: Open an embossing folder (the deeper the molding, the better) and determine which side to ink.
Step 2: Apply pigment ink to raised portions of embossing folder; this will produce a print in which the indented areas—the “valleys”—are filled with color. Apply ink in one of two ways: Either lightly tap or slide pigment ink pad across area, or apply a few drops of pigment ink onto acrylic block and use brayer to distribute (Photo 11).
Step 3: Carefully place paper faceup on uninked side of embossing folder, and close folder by bringing inked side to paper. Gently run folder through die-cutting machine but stop right before it completely passes through. Without removing folder, send it back through machine for maximum ink absorption (Photo 12).
Step 4: Remove paper carefully to prevent smudging and set aside to dry (Photo 13).
Step 5: Immediately clean embossing folder with baby wipe or damp cloth.
Step 6: Once dry, use letterpress print as desired. When choosing photos, look for those with lots of “empty” or neutral space like sky, leaves or water. Photos that have a lot of color contrast, meaning both light and dark areas, also work well. This allows the text paper to show through.