Press Plate Fun! Create gorgeous texture with 1 product | Two different ways | Tremendous Texture with Erica

by Erica Anderson

Hi Altenew fans! It's Erica back on the Altenew blog and Youtube channel today with some press plate shenanigans. Oh yes, we are going to create some gorgeous subtle texture with the Modern Leaf Background Press Plate. It is just stunning, as soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be so much fun to play with.

There is a video on the Altenew YouTube channel, called Press Plate Fun! Modern Leaf Background TWO Ways in case for whatever reason this link doesn't work. Technology does have a vendetta against me, so it's very possible. I have linked to it in a few places in this post so hopefully you can find it one way to another.

The Modern Leaf Background Press Plate works beautifully on its own, using the BetterPress platform or hot foil with it. That looks incredible! If you want to add colour to the pattern quickly, there are layering stencils available too! The stencils also work great on their own, so you don't have to have a hot foil machine or a BetterPress to get the pattern.

We are going to be using both of these products together, and an array of luscious inks, gorgeous bling, fun washi tape and some not-yet-released products too, today to create two very different looking cards. You are getting more than one little sneak peek today, so lap it up! Release day is just around the corner, July 9th to be exact! Mark your calendar, set your alarms and get ready!

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Now let's get to the card making part of this post. As I said earlier, I have two to share today. Both with different themes and colours in mind, and recipients too. I had a lot of fun making these and I hope you will have some fun reading this post, and watch the video too.

Before we go any further though, I have a small confession. It's nothing bad, but I think it's important to be transparent about these things. It's very easy to hop on every single new trend even when we are not sure about it. I am very guilty of this and I have spent far too much money on things I have used once or twice, or sometimes not even once. It happens, ok? If you are guilty of this too, you are not alone. So here it goes:

I'm going to be VERY honest here and admit that when the BetterPress and the press plate range was first introduced and announced, I was not excited. Nope. It didn't feel like it was going to be for me, not in the slightest. If you ask me why, it's probably because I used to have a letterpress and it wasn't fun to use. It was a huge hassle, it was the type with paint and a brayer so not the same at all, but alas I also was stubborn about it and said I'm not going to get one…

I resisted for months and said I wasn't excited about it, I didn't want one, I couldn't see what was so special about it. Weeeeeell, I held out for a few months, so it didn't last long, and now I'm fully onboard the press plate train. Yep, toot-toot, here we go.

On my first card I have used Limestone Crisp Dye Ink for a soft look and on the second card Firefly Crisp Dye Ink for a great base for leaves. These inks work great with the press plate, you do not have to buy special inks at all to use with your press plates, nope. Take note and save your money, and don't do what I did and blindly buy ALL the inks, use what you have first. Trust me on this.

You might laugh a little now but I wanted a bit of a yellow-green bile look for the green press plate background, because it is going to be a get well card. For someone with a bit of a stomach problem, if you catch my drift *wink, wink*

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With the help of lots of Mini Ink Blending Tools and inks from the Pocketful Of Sunshine Crisp Dye Ink family, as well as the Firefly Crisp Dye Ink. I wanted to make sure that not a single one of the leaves looked exactly the same so I have ink blended over the panel in a bit of an erratic fashion. When I was happy with the ink blending over the press plate pattern, I decided to add some sparkle using the Metallic Watercolour 14 Pan Set!

The shimmer of the gold watercolour really made the pattern from the press plate stand out! Plus it added some gorgeous shimmer, which helps add the optical illusion of texture. Lush! I will say that more water and less watercolour gave a better result, though, so remember that if you try this.

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Of course I couldn't stop there, so for even more texture and that tactile feeling, I added three strips of neon yellow glitter Washi tape across the bottom. I used my grid mat to help me get these on relatively straight, and on top of these I added a sentiment. This one is from a set being release in a few days called Sulfur Cosmos, so you are getting a little sneak peek here! It's stamped up with Permanent Black ink, cut out with the coordinating diecuts from the Sulfur Cosmos set, and popped up with some Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

The final touch were a few enamel dots from a collection called Zesty Lemon-Lime, and these will also be available later this month. With that, card no1 is done!

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For the second card, the one done with Limestone Crisp Dye Ink on on the press plate, I went for a soft rainbow. Surprise! I have never done that before, LOL. The press plate background worked SO well in that soft grey for these colours! I think it would have been too harsh with black outlines, myself. Although, I will probably try it just in case. For research.

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From top to bottom, the Crisp Dye Inks used are
Puffy Heart
Amber Blaze
Fresh Lemon

When the ink blending was done I trimmed down the panel a little and then grabbed the Instant Dimension Foam Tape again. I added lots and lots of it to the back of the panel, and then added the whole shebang to a white card base. Usually I add a little bit of liquid adhesive to foam tape when I want to make sure it goes on really straight. Today I was a total rebel and just eyed it! Ooooh, the crafting drama! It worked out ok though, so phew.

The sentiment I went for with this card is also from the not-yet-released Sulfur Cosmos set. I stamped up a hello, and cut that out with the coordinating diecut and then also ‘my favourite friend' on a skinny banner. The hello bit was popped up with some of that amazing Instant Dimension Foam Tape and the banner was adhered with some liquid glue.

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Of course this one also had to have some kind of bling/embellishments, and I went for my all-time favourite Gem Sparkle sets: Smoky Quartz. This pack has everything you need. I love it, I'm obsessed and I go to bling-town every time I get this out. I need to order a couple packs to keep as backup when I run out of these, which at this rate I will do soon.

In usual Over-Blinger fashion, Hi it's me I'm the (bling) problem, I went for a very healthy sprinkling of them. In little clusters around the sentiment to draw the eye in. I really like using different sized gems because I think it adds so much interest, plus extra texture and fun-ness. It's not everyone's cup of tea but bling is champagne, darlings! LOL

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That about wraps this up for today, but there is a video on the Altenew YouTube channel too, if you want to check it out. Just click on the thumbnail at the top of the post or alternatively you can CLICK ON THIS LINK and it will take you to the video.

Don't forget to interact with the video too, please. Give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, and if you didn't, give it a thumbs down and let me know what you didn't like about it. I'd like to know what you like and don't like so I can cater to what the public wants to consume. If you feel the need to give a thumbs down, it's all right, it's all interaction so whatever you chose to click, thank you!

Well, that's probably enough jibber-jabbering from me for one day and I will let you go now. All the products that are available will be linked down below for your convenience, and don't forget to check back on the 9th of July for that gorgeous Sulfur Cosmos set!! It's a stunner! I have also added a few options for the yellow enamel dots, as there are two gorgeous yellow sets already available. You know, just in case you HAVE to shop today, you have some options and alternatives to the neon yellow ones I used for the card in this post.

Now I really will let you go, but thank you so much for spending some time with me today. I hope this post was inspiring for you, it made you giggle a bit and has got your creativity itching to go make something now.

Crafty hugs,

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Tara C Prince July 5, 2024 - 11:27 AM

so gorgeous!!

Altenew July 10, 2024 - 4:47 PM

Yellow is GORG!


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