Letterpress Prints With Dies
Step 1: Place die (cutting side up) onto long strip of tape (adhesive side up) to create handles for picking up die after inking (Photo 14).
Step 2: Tap ink pad on die’s cutting side; don’t apply too much pressure or ink will pool in die’s crevices. For greater control, use brayer to distribute ink, either from ink pad or from squeezing drops of ink onto acrylic block (Photo 15).
Step 3: Make a cutting sandwich, but include an embossing mat. Place heavy cardstock or watercolor paper on embossing mat, then, using tape as handles, place inked die facedown on watercolor paper. Use the tape handles to secure die and prevent shifting (Photo 16). Step 4: Run sandwich through die-cutting machine and carefully remove die (Photo 17).
The embossing pad prevents the die from cutting through the paper, thereby making it into an embossing tool while simultaneously embedding ink into the paper—so, technically, there’s really nothing “faux” about this technique!
Step 5: Allow letterpress print to dry; use as desired.
How to Clean Letterpress Printing Tools
Remove excess ink from tools by wiping with a soft, dry cloth before wiping them down with a baby wipe or other cleaner.
Goo Gone® is a convenient alternative to the We R Memory Keepers’ Letterpress Cleaning Cloths.
Wash tools with a soap and water solution or a baby wipe to remove any oily residue from Goo Gone. •