Hi there Altenew friends, it's Jaycee. Letterpress cards are a beautiful and timeless way to convey a message or promote a brand. With their distinctive tactile quality and refined aesthetic, they have remained a popular design element. However, just like any medium, letterpress cards can be elevated and improved with the right techniques. Here are three amazing techniques that can take your letterpress cards to the next level:
Letterpress Ink Debossing
One fantastic technique to elevate letterpress card design is through the use of ink debossing. The result is a beautiful, tactile texture that adds depth and dimension to the design. It is important to choose high-quality cotton cardstock that can withstand the pressure of the debossing. For a unique twist, experiment with different inks or a blend of inks to create a custom palette suited for any recipient.
Another technique to consider is tone-on-tone coloring. With this method, create a subtle yet stunning effect by using the same color or similar ink as the cardstock. This results in a beautiful yet understated texture that adds visual interest without overwhelming the design.
Watercolor Resist Letterpress
Finally, for a more whimsical and colorful effect, consider incorporating watercolor resist. The result is a unique and playful look that is sure to grab attention. To achieve this effect, choose high-quality and smooth watercolor paper or use the cotton card panels. Make sure you are using a waterproof ink when printing like Altenew's Obsidian Ink.