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How to Letterpress {without a letterpress}

How to Letterpress {without a letterpress}

Erin here, I’ve showed the May Arts Blog some fun letterpress goodies, but perhaps you love the letterpress look but don’t have the tools?  I’ve got a few examples on some fun faux letterpress cards.  I made some monogrammed cards and loved the added texture of the faux letterpress look.


For the first card I used a PTI impression plate, start my rubbing a few different colors of distress inks along the impression plate (don’t worry, it’ll come off) and then emboss.  Wipe the impression plate with a baby wipe after you use it, and consider using a piece of scratch paper after you ink to double check that you’ve removed all the ink.  Once I’d inked up the paper, I die cut it out with Spellbinders Nestabilities 8.


Next I took velvet ribbon and wrapped it around the inked up die cut.  I wanted a smaller ribbon to match, so I took some ¼ inch white silk and dyed it to match with one of the distress inks.  To add the monogrammed I die cut out a vellum stitched mat, stamped and heat embossed half a label and added a sticker.  I attached the panel with a mini paperclip and die cut out the card stock to create a shaped card.

How to Letterpress {without a letterpress}

Next up I wanted to show how you can add a bit of color to a woodgrain embossing folder.   I took the Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder and added some distress ink to the inside of the folder and then ran it through the die cut machine.  Once I inked up the card stock, I punched the corner and added a die cut and Cosmo Cricket chipboard sticker.  To add a sophisticated touch and added a 5 ½” piece of May Arts woven corduroy and a ¼” silk ribbon (dyed to match).


There you have it…pull out your impression plates and embossing folders and get them inky.

How to Letterpress {without a letterpress}

Blog post by: Erin Thiem

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Velvet Ribbon

May Arts Silk Ribbon

May Arts Ribbon Velvet Corduroy

 May Arts Crochet Velvet Ribbon

Partners in Craft Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • PTI Mat Stack One Collection & Die, PTI Impression Plates, Card Stock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
  • Doodlebug Design sticker
  • Canvas Corp Mini Clothespin
  • Lil Inker Designs Stitched Mats
  • Cosmo Cricket Chipboard Sticker
  • Fiskars Corner Rounder Punch
  • Doodlebug Design sticker
  • EK Success 1 3/4 Circle Punch
  • Vellum
  1. Kristie Maynard

    Great job!  I love coloring ribbon to match my projects.  Beautiful cards!


  2. Gigi

    Love that velvet ribbon.  Another technique for me to try real soon.  Thanks for sharing.

  3. jen shears

    love this technique- fabulous ribbon combos too! 🙂

  4. Sue D

    Great ideas!


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