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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinder’s BetterPress Registration Collection featuring Blooming Garden Three Ways!

Hello everyone! Spellbinder's BetterPress Registration Collection is a clever innovation to create multi-colour designs and so easy to use! The beautiful Garden Blooms comes with a choice of three sentiments. Each card has been letterpressed using a different technique; multiple ink colours, embossing and hot foiling. These cards also feature new BetterPress Ink Sets; Tropical and Jet Set. And each technique … as easy as can be!

  • The registration guide included with Garden Blooms was taped to the magnetic chase on the BetterPress platform and coloured card stock was taped to the A2 registration marks on the chase. I used plum, pink and yellow panels trimmed to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". The panels were lined up with the registration marks for A2 size on the platen and held in place with low tack tape.

  • The yellow card was letterpressed with inks from the new BetterPress Ink Sets, Tropical and Jet Set. The leafy background was pressed first followed by the sentiment using a dark grey ink ink, Thunder. The large flowers were pressed with Taffy and the small ones with Tiger.

  • TIP - The sentiment is positioned so the wording is in reverse; mirror image.

  • The pink card is a combination of multi-coloured ink letterpressing and hot foil stamping.

  • The letterpressing was done first using BetterPress Ink, Jet Set Tones. The large flowers were pressed with Cruise followed by the small flowers done in Garnet.

  • The leafy background was hot foiled in Gold Glimmer Hot Foil using the Hot Foil System.

  • The outline of the plate was lined up with the small flower letterpressed images on the panel. A hinge was created with low tack tape on the top of plate holding it in place on the card stock. The shiny side of the foil is always placed up against the plate. Because we are not layering directly on the Hot Foil System platform, the foil will be slipped in between the card stock and plate shiny side up. The sandwich is flipped over so the plate is sitting on the preheated platform and the two shims placed on top. The timer is set and when the indicator light goes solid, the platform is run through the die cutter slowly.

  • The final card in plum is heat embossed. I started off by pressing the leafy background. Anti-static powder was applied to the panel and the plate was inked with BetterPress Black Ink. After pressing, the image was coated with clear embossing powder and melted with a heat tool.

  • The process was repeated two more times; the sentiment and large flowers with gold embossing powder followed by the small flowers in silver.

  • All of the panel were trimmed to 3 3/4" by 5".

  • The panels were adhered to black matted, A2 sized card bases .




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