I absolutely *adore* letterpress. I love how clean it is, how it embraces white space, how it celebrates the simplicity of image, paper and ink . . . sometimes graphic, sometimes vintage, sometimes avante garde, but always infused with this sense of refinement, class, and unparalleled luxuriousness.
I don't have a press or any of the equipment needed to create it . . . so . . . I have to settle for petting and cooing over it when I walk into a fine stationery store . . . and for faking it. In the studio. With rubbah. *chuckle*
The photo above doesn't really do the finished piece justice–the colors are richer. I'm so tickled it turned out as lovely as it did! There was a lot of mucking about in the studio trying to figure out the right combination (which is half the fun, of course, of trying to see if you can make something work). But, I finally cracked it.
- a|s Bristol Paper has just enough texture, yet still smooth enough for stamping, and that slightly off-white color to project the look of those fine Italian milled papers I love so much
- Simple images yield the best results; avoid super finely detailed images (rubber isn't as rigid as the metal printing blocks used in letterpress, so you have to allow for the natural "give" in rubber)
- Because Bristol has a slightly textured and absorbant/highly porous surface, you'll achieve the best impressions by inking the stamp with a sponge dauber, as opposed to inking directly from the ink pad.
Golly gee, I love the results!!! *arms wrapped 'round self, deep chortling*
I'm finally starting to feel better, after a week long battle with a massive head-cold–one of the worst I've had in years! Ugh! Being heavily medicated, or otherwise dead to the world in a Nyquil coma, definitely impedes one's ability to produce anything brilliant.
Can't wait to feel 100% normal (and brilliant) again! Heh, heh, heh!
All stamp images, inks, and papers by/from A Muse Studio unless otherwise noted.
Stamp Sets: Avian Notes, Just My Type (Hello), Woodgrain Background; Ink: Grass, Cherry, Bermuda; Paper: Bristol, Cherry; Sponge Daubers; 3D Foam Adhesive