Make-It-Your­self Greet­ing Cards & More for Au­tumn

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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.

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