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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Ink Lifting with Spellbinder’s Season’s Greetings Evergreen Press Plate


Hello friends! Today's Christmas card features the gorgeous Seasons Greetings Evergreens Press Plate & Die Set from the More Christmas BetterPress Collection. I love a natural landscape so this design is very appealing to me. I have an easy technique to highlight the trees so they stand out from the night sky.

  • About half of a panel of Porcelain BetterPress A2 Cotton Card Panels was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Villainous Potion and Shaded Lilac. The panel was masked with Post It Note Tape.

  • Seasons Greetings Evergreens Press Plate was letterpressed using BetterPress Letterpress System with black ink. Using the registration marks for an A2 panel and the grid on the chase, the plate was positioned so the bottom of the trees would line up to the edge of the ink blending. The press plate for the sentiment was used at the same time. Remember to place your sentiment on the opposite side of where you want it! For details on how to use this easy system, check out my video, Introduction To Spellbinder's BetterPress System.

  • An ink lifting technique was used to lighten the trees so they would stand out from the background. Using a watercolour brush, paint clean water over two or three of the trees being careful not to get water on the background. Blot the water with paper towel. If a lighter look is wanted, repeat the process. This is an easy technique that can be used with water based inks.

  • Because the Distress Oxide inks are so reactive with moisture, it was easy to pull the ink down with a well wetted paintbrush and create soft shadows on the snowy foreground. I also put a bit of the ink on my work surface to pick up, again with a wet paintbrush, for areas that I wanted greater definition.

  • To add to the snowy effect, the panel was spattered with slightly watered down Dr. PH Martin's BleedProof White using a fan brush.

  • The panel was trimmed to 4" by 5 1/4" and adhered to a black matted, A2 sized card base.



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