Monday, August 12, 2013

Studio Calico September Class : Letterpress with Tina Azmus

Have you heard?  Studio Calico's September class is Letterpress With Tina Azmus (of Life Love Paper).  If you're like me and love the look of letterpress, but hesitate to pay high prices for pre-made cards, this class is for you. I cannot wait to learn this new technique from Tina. She's awesome at all she does, and I have no doubt that the class will be amazing.

You can sign up for the class here.

Here are some of the techniques that we will be learning:

Basic 1 color printing, 2/3 tone printing, blind impressions, creating letterpress Project Life® cards and inserts, making your own letterpress accents, mixing stamps and letterpress, letterpress + watercolor, building a pattern, putting together a large image from small elements, diecutting letterpress images to make your own accents – and much more!

Studio Calico is offering some amazing plates, that you won't be able to purchase anywhere else.   They have something for everyone, including holiday plates, greeting plates, alphabets, and labels.

In addition to a manual die cutting machine (I bought the Cuttlebug with a C Plate), you will need the following to get started with Letterpress (click on the link to purchase each item or to have Studio Calico notify you when the items are in stock. The expected stocking date is within the week, I believe).

1.  Letterpress bundle.
2. Ink bundle.

You can also buy the ink separately if you prefer.  I have my eye on black, grey, gold, silver, navy, orange, yellow, teal blue, teal green, hot pink and dark green.

3. Letterpress paper. It's important to use a very thick paper (preferably cotton, I believe) in order to get the deep impression which makes Letterpress so beautiful.  You can buy paper from Studio Calico in the following sizes.  3x4 cards, 4x6 cards, A2 cards, 12x12 sheets, and envelopes.   I'm picking up a few sets of the 4x6 and 3x4 cards because they're so perfect for Project Life.

4.  Cleaning cloths.  Not a necessity, but I've read about how messy the ink is and these wipes should make it a cinch to clean the oil-based ink.  Plus, they're only $1.99. Can't pass that up!

5.  And plates.  Oh, the plates. Studio Calico amazes me with their designs.  Here are some of my favorites.  Also note that some of the plates have coordinating dies that you can purchase so that you can cut the shape of the letterpressed paper.  I'm linking those as well, but they are not necessary if all you want to do is letterpress project life cards.  They would be needed if you prefer to make letterpress embellishments, such as with the labels and alphabet plates.

To the Moon and Back:

Die here.


Die here.

Magical Presents

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Die here.



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