Evoke Letterpress Stationary with just Two Techniques

by Martha Lucia Gomez

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Embossing is one of the most elegant and sophisticated techniques in papercrafting because it has the look and feel of letterpress. Ink blending is another refined practice because it can take practice to achieve that seamless look between shades. Today, I combined embossing and blending to create an ombré effect. It was a lot easier than it looks. I only used two varieties of ink—Versamark and Memento in Tangelo. See how this simple model for a card can be easily tweaked for your own design, and can evoke the refinement of letterpress stationary.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Take a piece of very vanilla card stock and stamp a border image using VersaMark ink. To get the best results in symmetry, stamp using the Misti alignment tool. Spread Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 2

Sponge over the stamped images using Tangerine Memento Ink and a Jumbo Dauber. To create this ombré effect, just start from the bottom part in circular motions with the jumbo sponge dauber and go up. Do not re-ink your dauber until you are ready to start at the bottom again. Always start from the bottom (or flip and go from the top) because with this will saturate color on the lower parts of the page and automatically decrease the amount of ink you are laying down as you move upwards. Continue across the paper and you will see the degrade effect.

Step 3

Stamp the sentiment using VersaMark and Imagine’s gold embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool. Stamp the complement sentiment on a separate piece of card stock and mount with dimensional dots. Adhere the decorated layer on the card base using Tear It! Tape.


  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Joy Clair – Azteca Background and Hello Sentiments Stamp Sets
  • Misti stamp tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape



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