Letterpress for Christmas


RemARKable Holiday 2010 Madness

Even though it’s still September, it’s time to have a little Christmas Speak Peek.  After all, there are some pretty fabulous Christmas goodies in that Holiday Mini Catalog – wouldn’t you agree??  There are so many choices  but there was no question in my mind regarding where to start for Christmas.  Have you seen the Letterpress plates??

Joyful Season Letterpress card

  • Big Shot and Joyful Season Letterpress Plate
  • Watercolor paper; Real Red and Old Olive cardstock
  • Real Red and Old Olive Craft Ink Spots
  • Frost White Shimmer Paint and the Aquapainter
  • Paper Piercing Tool, Template and Mat
  • Scallop Trim Border punch
  • Real Red 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon

Can I get an Ooooo and an Aaahhh??  The heart-breaker here is that my photography doesn’t begin to do this technique justice.  The images aren’t just inked into the paper, they are truly pressed.  If you flip the paper over you can clearly see the reverse image, and that deep impression gives this card a very luxe look when you hold it in your hand.  The Frost White Shimmer paint was applied directly onto the image full strength with the Aquapainter for a little extra bling on the stockings – you can just see it at the tops of the two outside stockings, but it’s also on the stripes of the middle one.  (Dang.  I am going to have to spend good stamp money on a camera.  Double Dang.)

By the way, the dimensions for this card are 3 1/4 by 6 1/2 inches as you see it, and yes we do have envelopes for that size (#107286, $7.50 for 20, page 171 in the IBC).  This is a Christmas card that will truly turn heads!

And now for something a little different:

Letterpress Gift Box

  • Northern Hearts Level I Hostess Set (Holiday Mini)
  • Big Shot and Northern Trim Letterpress Plate
  • Watercolor Paper; Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Classic ink pads
  • Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Craft ink spots
  • Scallop Border Trim and Ornament punches
  • 1 and 1 1/4 inch circle punches
  • Basic rhinestone jewels and Linen Thread

I’ll be mailing Christmas gifts to my oldest daughter in Australia this year.  It’s gonna be tough – this is the first time one of my keiki will not be home on Christmas morning.  In case you haven’t checked, postage overseas is kind of expensive, so our gifts to her will be of the “Good Things Come In Small Packages” sort.  This flat little box will ship very nicely, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m putting inside.  Can’t say, of course – she does check the blog, although I suspect both she and her sister check in just to see if I’ve said anything about them 🙂

I love all the bling on this package.  Those Basic Rhinestone Jewels and Pearls are such fun to use, and I swear that for every two I pull off the sheet, one grows back in their place.  These aren’t exactly your traditional Christmas colors, but I was inspired to go really bright with this project.  Hmmm…since this will be an Aussie package, I guess they are non-traditional Christmas Colours.

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