Friday, January 21, 2011

Stamp Club Valentine Scrapbook Page

Each month my Stamping Club makes one card, one 12x12 scrapbook page and one 3-D item. I showed you the card yesterday and the 3-D item will be posted tomorrow. That leaves the scrapbook page for today.
This month's scrapbook page featured the Lots of Love Letterpress Plate found in the Winter and Occasions Mini Catalog. It is best used with watercolor paper, but I have gotten good results with the naturals cardstock shown here. The Letterpress Plates give a DEBOSSED image. This means the image is pressed into the cardstock, as opposed to am embossed image where you raise the cardstock image.
TIPS: When using the Letterpress Plates it is advised that you use a clean cutting plate. This is because the plate will press into the cardstock to make the impression. If the cutting plate has a lot of scratches on it from previous cutting, they could transfer to the debossed image. Since the naturals cardstock is thinner than the advised watercolor paper, I placed a shim of cardstock between my project paper and the cutting plate. The sandwhich I used is (from the bottom up)...multi purpose platform, Letterpress Plate, project cardstock (face down), cardstock shim, clear cutting plate.
The letterpress plates are also best used with Craft Ink. You can use the Stampin' Spots to single out small areas. To cover the entire plate you may wish to make your own large craft pad with a Craft Ink refill and an uninked stamp pad. Since the craft ink dries slower, you have time to transfer the ink from the letterpress plate to the project. All of the areas without ink will still deboss into the cardstock. The decoration in the close up photo was made with two scallop circles. To learn how to make these easy accents, consider hosting your own workshop or joining my Stampin' Up! Team. They can be made in several sizes and have a limitless number of uses.
The bottom of the page features a Pinking Hearts Border Punch and an Extra-Large Tag Punch. The stamps used are from the "XOXO" stamp set found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Products Used:
Stamps: XOXO(#121909 Wood, #121973 Clear)
Cardstock: Natural White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Love Letterpress Plate (#120983), Extra-Large Tag Punch (#119866), Scallop Circle Punch (#119854), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (#119860), Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon (#117289), Dimentionals (#104430), 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873), Small Heart Punch (#117193), Bone Folder (#102300), Pinking Hearts Border Punch ((#117649)

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