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Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm saring the last of my ideas for you to try with Watercolor Paper. I call this technique the Letterpress Look. To get this look, just run a piece of Watercolor Paper through a dry embossing folder. For this card, I chose to use the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Because the Watercolor Paper is thick and has a lot of fiber, it really makes a nice, deep impression when run through the folder.



Here is a close-up of the card. I used some Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, Cardstock in Summer Starfruit and Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Lovely and Simply Stars Stamp Sets, some Coaster Board (for the larger star, stamped and cut out), the Off the Grid Stamp Set and Very Vanilla Cardstock for the card base. Ink colors used are Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Crumb Cake.



For the next sample, I added ink to one side of the embossing folder before I ran it through the Big Shot. I used a brayer to apply Crisp Cantaloupe ink to the raised areas around the letters. The result is that the debossed area is inked, and the embossed area is not! For this particular folder, you have to make sure to ink the correct side or your letters will be backwards! See, you can have the look of letterpress without buying all the separate supplies for it.



Here is a close-up of this card front. I used Very Vanilla Cardstock for the card base again, Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit Cardstock, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit and Island Indigo Inks, and the Hello Lovely, Simply Stars and Off the Grid Stamp Sets, and some Coaster Board for the largest star. The small star I punched with a retired punch. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the stars, the arrow and the greeting.



For these cards, I also started with a sketch from Retro Sketches, RS#76. On my cards the dry embossing is more the star of the show, but the stars help too.

I have one more photo to share tonight. For some of the embossing folders, you can ink either the top or the bottom of the folder and you will get the opposite pattern when it is embossed. I used the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to test this out. The folders need to have a symetric pattern that is different on the top and bottom. Others that would work well for this are the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.



Well, that is all for today. Please find linked below a Try It -- Watercolor Paper Tip Sheet with each technique listed. I hope you find this to be useful! Please let me know if you have other supplies from Stampin' Up! that you would like to see featured as part of this series. I plan to share this once or twice a month going forward. Thanks for stopping by!

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