How to Letterpress Project Life Cards

This post is brought to you by Studio Calico and Lifestyle Crafts.
Happy Friday my friends! Today I’m going to share a few ideas on how to create your own letterpress Project Life cards.

Letterpressed Project Life Cards

Before I get started I want to tell you a little bit about an upcoming Letterpress Class from Studio Calico. Lifestyle Crafts and Studio Calico have teamed up to offer a virtual class on how to letterpress with theses creative ladies.

Here’s a little bit about the class:
-There will be new PDFs every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September
-8 technique videos
-Over 30 new letterpress projects including Project Life spreads, layouts, mini albums, and cards!
-Access to a class message board and gallery
-New challenges from Tina Aszmus each week

While supplies last, all students will received a bonus class kit. The kit includes a 4×3 inch Studio Calico letterpress plate, a pack of sample letterpress inks from Lifestyle Crafts, and 4×6 letterpress paper in black and white. Shipping is FREE all around the world, not only U.S. residents!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A willingness to explore and make a few mistakes along the way
•Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress platform bundle
•Manual diecut machine (Cuttlebug, Epic, Big Shot, Evolution)
•Letterpress Paper (have extra on hand, so you can experiment without running out!) •Letterpress Ink (the sample pack in the class kit will start you off, but you’ll want more of your favorite colors)

So, so fun! The class starts on Sunday, September 1st but you have until September 15th to register. To register go HERE.

I would consider myself a beginner when it comes to using my letterpress. I’ve had it for awhile now but I still need a lot help in that department. Without fail I used up a lot of letterpress press paper to get some decent looking cards. I’m thinking I could really use this class!

My daughter is very actively involved in her project life album. She loves looking through it and selecting pictures to use in layouts. So after celebrating her birthday a few weeks ago I asked if she wanted to help me design her birthday layout. Of course she said yes along with a request for a lot of pink, glitter, and sprinkles. Sprinkles ehh? In an attempt to not disappoint her I used the next best thing..sequins! They’re basically sprinkles, minus the whole edible factor. I simply die cut a heart out of cardstock then glued sequins right on top.

In the picture above I used the free 3×4 Oh Happy Day letterpress plate on one of the 4×6 cards Project Life cards with Hot Pink Lifestyle Crafts ink. How cute is that camera? The best part is you can use the camera without the saying by only applying ink to the camera or cutting the plate into two.

Studio Calico Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress

I spelled out birthday on a 3×4 card using the Alphabet letterpress plate. I cut the letters apart then used a 3×4 die to align them. You could also die cut the card before hand and use placement guides before letterpressing.  You can see that I probably should’ve spaced the a closer to the d. The biggest issue I have when letterpressing is I always smudge the ink. Patience my friends, this requires lots of patience while the ink dries.

Studio Calico Letterpress

The layout is really simple, with a lot of help for the little miss. She added the gold butterflies and the Happy Birthday wood veneer herself. I’m thinking she will be a little scrapbooker herself. :)

Project Life Girl Layout

Remember, to learn fun new techniques and perfect you letterpress skills sing up for the Studio Calico class here. You can also follow @studio_calico and @lifestylecrafts along on instagram by using the hashtags #scletterpress and #lletterpress.

Thanks for stopping by!





  1. says

    Looks like you did a great job! I’ve never tried letterpress because I’m totally intimidated by it…so maybe I need to check out this class. Love your PL layouts and that your daughter helps!

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