Hi friends! We’re starting off the new week with a new release over at Pinkfresh Studio, and this release is extra exciting to me because I have not one, but TWO different illustrations being released today. And they’re not just in stamp form; both my Beautiful Roses and Camellias illustrations are available as Press Plates to be used with the Spellbinders Better Press system as well as the Glimmer Hot Foil System! I am unbelievably excited to have these two new illustrations in Press Plate form. I think that the Press Plates lend such an air of elegance and sophistication to your cardmaking, and I think it is absolutely ingenious that they can be used for both letterpress and hot foil alike.
If you haven’t invested in a Better Press Letter Press system from Spellbinders, you’re really missing out. Hot foiling stymied me at first, I will admit, and it took several ruined cardstock panels (and a helpful cheat sheet Post-It Note on my Platinum 6) before I got the hang of my hot foil machine; the the Better Press system, however, is truly so user-friendly. I was literally able to use the first panel that I created with the system, with no real learning curve at all. And now, your other favorite stamp companies are coming out with beautiful plates to use with the system! So much versatility and so many gorgeous designs. I am thrilled to have these two new illustrations!
For my project today, I used the helpful grid lines on the magnetic insert panel to arrange my Beautiful Roses Press Plate on the center of an A2 panel of watercolor paper using the black Better Press ink. I can’t wait to experiment with the different colors of ink with these detailed Press Plates. The elegance of these letterpress images are really going to kick up my cardmaking. I am envisioning a toile background in light blue ink! I can’t wait to play more!
After I had impressed the image the first time, I flipped my clear platen and thus my card front 180* and impressed the image again. Because of the grid on the magnetic panel, I was able to place my rose swag exactly where I wanted it so that I could impress the image twice and create this wide band of roses in the center of my card!
After I had pressed the image twice using black ink, I used the soon-to-be-available new Liquid Watercolors from Pinkfresh Studio to add lots of vivid magenta and jade green to my watercolor panel. Liquid watercolors are such a fun medium; they are super concentrated, and so are incredibly vibrant, and because you can measure precisely how many drops are being released from the bottle, you can exactly recreate custom color mixes! I can’t wait to play more with these watercolors.
After I had finished watercoloring my image, I used the new Favorite Things Sentiments Press Plates and Coordinating Dies to create this simple and elegant letter press sentiment strip. I trimmed the watercolored panel down at the top and bottom, then mounted it on a full size A2 panel of black cardstock. I added a strip of glitter cardstock in the center of my rose panel to cover up the “seam” between the two pressed images, then popped up the letter press sentiment using some foam adhesive. The final touch was to add a few Twilight Ombré Glitter Gems for some more sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my project today. Now for some fun giveaway information!
Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. They will be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops – the winners will be picked from the comments.
Winners will be posted on December 19, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Winners must check that page & claim their prize within 2 weeks.
Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost: