Quick and Easy! Letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink!

Letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink sounds interesting, right?

Well, today I am showing you a letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink to create a faux letterpress look! The technique is really easy but it gives an appearance that truly looks as if you spent hours doing it. Best of all, I not only have a video here for you but I also have a pictorial for you to enjoy if that is the way you prefer to learn. Let’s get started!

Here are the supplies you will need:

Punch of your choice

Paper for sentiment

String or Ribbon

3-D Foam Squares and Adhesive

Card for base of creation

Paper for embossing (best if cut to fit the correct size you want for your creation to avoid having to cut it later)

Manual Die Cut Machine & Platforms/Accessories

Embossing folder

Ink for embossing folder (I used Tim Holtz’s distressed ink to get that look. It gives a distress look by design so it is not a clear, crisp stamped image.)

Block for stamp sentiment

Stamp sentiments – We used the Sentiments For All Occasions Stamp Set

Ink for sentiment (Yes, I do use two different inks for the effect I am looking for.)

Scissors if you need to trim your ribbon or string after tying it on your punched out sentiment


To begin the letterpress technique, I used Tim Holtz distress ink. It really gives the worn distress feel by design and I thought it would be perfect for this sympathy card.Ink embossing folder

Place paper on inked surface

Close folder place it in between platforms

Run folder through Machine

This embossed inked look really replicates what a letterpress would do however this letterpress technique not only saves time but quite a bit of money buying the equipment needed to re-create this look.

Take out embossed paper

Glue embossed paper onto card

Place sentiment on block

Ink and stamp sentiment

punch out your sentiment

wrap string around tag

adhere foam squares

adhere sentiment to card

And HERE is the finished product!

Sympathy Card

There are numerous other things you can do with embossing folders. I hope to show you a whole bunch of other ideas and creations with embossing folders and MORE! If you have any questions or suggestions for future videos, please feel free to leave a comment. We would love to have your input! Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you had A Creative Journey with Melissa.