Letterpress Wedding Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here and it is wedding season. There is something about making a wedding card that makes you want to create something full of elegance and texture. Using a couple tools from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to easily make a gorgeous card for someone’s special day.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Nothing says elegance to me like letterpress. The Evolution creates a deep and beautiful impession, simply.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To the floral letterpress plate, I added silver ink. This ink is a pigment formula ink, meaning it will stay wetter longer, which is what is needed for the best results when creating this look. I placed my paper over the top of the inked plate, set that inside the letterpress platform, and passed it through the Evolution. (Use the Letterpress setting on the side of the machine. Its one easy turn of the knob for the correct pressure.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With a few turns of the handle, I was able to make this cardstock truly fabulous. Look at the embossing and how the silver shimmers inside of it.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To reinforce the theme of the day, I used the Happy Jig to create the word love from silver wire. All the pegs and a pair of wire cutters are included in the Happy Jig and I love that they all store inside the tool.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

The instructions for creating the word love are in the book enclosed with the Happy Jig. (If you are looking for more patterns, be sure and check out the We R Happy Jig Instagram account for more ideas and designs.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To adhere the wire word to my card, I applied a strong glue to the back of the wire.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here is to a summer of love!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Letterpress Thank You Card + A Giveaway!

30 days of evolution

Hello! Jennie here, and I’m so excited to share a project with you today using one of my favorite techniques, letterpress! I’ve been using the WeRMemoryKeepers Lifestyle Letterpress for a few years now, and I absolutely love the rich look that only letterpress can create!  I created a card to share with you today, and I’d love to walk you through how I created it.

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First, I gathered a few supplies for my project.  I wanted to create a very luxe card, one that feels fancy and sophisticated.  Luckily, We R Memory Keepers has several items that are perfect for this.  To start I pulled out my Lifestyle Letterpress, Black Letterpress Ink (I first grabbed the navy, which is why you see it here, then I changed my mind and switched for the black), the Floral Letterpress plate, the Clearly Posh Letterpress plate, the Clearly Posh ephemera bits and, of course, my Evolution Advanced!

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I inked up my letterpress base from the Letterpress kit with the black ink and got to work inking up my floral plate.  I also used the black ink for the sentiment from the Clearly Posh Letterpress set, which was perfect for the classy look I was going for.

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Now, it was time to get to assembling my card with the letterpress pieces, ephemera and other shiny products!

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While I was assembling I realized that I had a Teresa Collins Albums Made Easy set that would be perfect for my theme.  Add in a few We R Memory Keepers adhesive sequins in silver and gold and the card was complete!

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With the help of a few foil + sparkly items from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to create a luxe card fancy enough for any recipient!  Are you using any of our metallic products in your projects?  Make sure you tag us on Instagram so we can see your beautiful creations!

Wildflower Letterpress Plates

**Are you a fan of letterpress? Would you like a chance to win the beautiful new Wildflower Letterpress Plate Set? Leave a comment below telling us if you’ve ever had the chance to try letterpress before. Comments will remain open until Thursday at midnight. We’ll select a random winner that will be announced on Friday, so be sure to check back and see if you won! Good luck!**

SUPPLIES

Silver Adhesive Sequins
Gold Adhesive Sequins
Floral Letterpress plate
Black letterpress ink
Letterpress kit
Evolution Advanced
Clearly Posh ephemera bits

Teacher Appreciation Letterpress Notecards

Hi, WeR fans! Jen McDermott here with a handmade-with-love Teacher Appreciation gift!  I wanted to give our boys’ teachers something useful  but also pretty, and of course as a busy mom I was under a bit of a time crunch. I immediately thought of my Letterpress platform and how easy it would be to make sets of cards for the teachers!

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I grabbed my Evolution Advanced, chose letterpress plates and colors, and got to work.  These cards came together so quickly, and the two-step letterpressing was so easy to line up.

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After I pressed the cards, I put them together in a stack with envelopes, and used some WRMK Baker’s Twine and some teal chevron ribbon to tie them up.

Then I die cut the tags using my Evolution Advanced, and stamped a simple sentiment.

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Voila! A simple, but handmade teacher gift! I hope the boys’ teachers find them handy to have in their desk for when they need to send out a quick note!

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What do you love creating with your Letterpress platform? Share with us on our Facebook page, or comment below!

Supplies:

Evolution Advanced
Letterpress Platform
Baker’s twine
Teal ink
Hot Pink ink

Pinwheel Letterpress Tags

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really excited for spring. And with the change of seasons on my mind I’ve been planning all kinds of spring-inspired projects. One thing I always think of when the warmer weather arrives is birthdays, and who doesn’t need a few extra birthday tags on hand?

Pinwheel Letterpress Tags by Aly Dosdall

Another thing that reminds me of spring is pinwheels. So, I decided to get out my Pinwheel Punch Board and create some colorful pinwheels for my birthday tags. Don’t they add a happy celebratory touch to this project?

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While making the pinwheels I discovered that the 3″ size was too small for these tags, and the 4″ size was a bit too big. So I trimmed my paper to 3 1/2″ squares, punched it, and lined it up halfway in between the 3″ and the 4″ guides on the punch board. Then I followed the directions to create the pinwheel. It worked perfectly!

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I created the tag sentiments using my Letterpress tool. I printed them on A2 Flat Letterpress Paper, and then cut the tag shapes out using the second largest of the Nesting Tag Dies and my Evolution Advanced.

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To finish off my tags I punched holes at the top with my Crop-A-Dile and added some Sew Easy Baker’s Twine for tying. These fun tags will sit in my finished card basket ready for the next birthday party!

~Aly

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board
Cupcakes & Candles 12×12 Paper Pad (coming soon!)
Letterpress Tool
Evolution Advanced
Nesting Tag Dies
A2 Flat Letterpress Paper
Letterpress Ink–Orange, Red, Teal Green
Crop-A-Dile II
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Red, Aqua, Orange
Brads–Red, Aqua, Orange

Letterpress Wedding Menu Card

If you’re planning a DIY wedding an instant way to add elegance and beauty to your invitations, menu cards, or thank you cards is with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress. Not only does letterpress produce beautiful rich color, but it adds debossed images as well that add texture and depth to your projects. Take a look at this Letterpress Wedding Menu Card I created with the Ruffles Printing Plate set.

We R Letterpress Wedding Menu Card by Aly Dosdall

First I created the menu on my computer using some of my favorite fonts, leaving a 2 inch gap for my letterpress band. Then I printed the menu on a piece of teal Inked Rose patterned paper and trimmed it down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I mounted the menu on a 5″ x 7″ piece of Farmers Market black patterned paper.

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To create the letterpress band I used flower printing plates from the Ruffles Printing Plate set and the new Handwritten Printing Plate set. First I letterpressed the flower images with Teal Green Ink, and then I did the letters with Black Ink.

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To finish off this DIY wedding menu I folded the letterpress paper around the card and adhered the ends together at the back. Come back tomorrow when I’ll share a fun interactive wedding keepsake activity. See you then!

~Aly

Supplies:

Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress
Handwritten Printing Plates
Ruffles Printing Plates
Teal Green Ink
Black Ink
No. 10 Flat White Letterpress Paper
Farmers Market Locally Grown Paper
Inked Rose Frames Paper

Throwback Thursday

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday where I dig deep into my stash and combine some of my favorite older We R products with some newer ones to create fresh and fun projects.  I love using up my craft stash, and I enjoy the challenge of making older things look new.

We R Happy Card by Aly Dosdall

Today I found some crochet lace from a beautiful older collection called Anthologie. I decided to combine the lovely lace from that collection with the new Script Letterpress Plate set to create a fun and colorful card perfect for saying “hi” to a friend or neighbor.

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After letterpressing my sentiment onto the front of my card, I cut a 12 inch length of the salmon colored lace to create a flower accent. I ran a basting stitch by hand along the bottom edge of the lace and then pulled the lace down the thread, bunching it up as I pulled.

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After adding the flower to my card I placed a yellow Enamel Dot in the center with some smaller accent ones as well, and then added some Avocado Washi Tape and Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine to finish off the card.

Do you like to combine older and newer products? What are your favorite tips for refreshing older items in your stash?

~Aly

Supplies:

Script Letterpress Printing Plates
Letterpress
Evolution
Teal Green Ink
A2 Fold White Letterpress Paper
Anthologie Crochet Lace
Avocado Washi Tape
Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine
Enamel Dots and Shapes–Warm

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop: Studio Team

We’re celebrating again here on the We R blog today! We’ve got another National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop, but this time with our Studio Team. Here’s how this blog hop works: visit the studio team blogs listed below to see some amazing crafty inspiration using your favorite We R and Lifestyle Crafts products and leave some love for our fabulous designers. Once you’ve hopped through all the studio blogs, then visit our We R Facebook Page to enter our National Scrapbook Day Sweepstakes so you can have a chance at winning a Crafter’s Tote!

Aqua Tote bag

While here, take a peek at this set of all occasion cards I made using some of the new Letterpress printing plates. I used ink colors to match the gorgeous new Inked Rose Collection, and my favorite part about these cards is the two color Dots Printing Plate I used on the “Love You” card. After letterpressing the dots in Teal Green Ink I cleaned off the plate, rotated it 180 degrees, and then letterpressed the image again on the same paper with Light Pink ink. Such a cool feature!

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We R Letterpress Card Set 2 by Aly Dosdall_filtered

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Here’s the list of blogs to visit, and don’t forget to end up on our Facebook Page to enter the sweepstakes giveaway!

Aimee’s Armoire http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com
Benzie Design http://benziedesign.blogspot.com
Cokie Pop Paper http://cokiepopaper.blogspot.com
Cutesy Crafts http://cutesycrafts.com
Ginger Snap Crafts http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com
Gluesticks Blog http://gluesticksblog.com/
Homework http://www.carolynshomework.com
Kutz Paper Scissors http://andreayokley-jessup.blogspot.com
Making the World Cuter http://makingtheworldcuter.com
Midwestern Girl http://www.midwesterngirldiy.com
Missy Dear www.missy-dear.com
One Scrappin Mama http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com
Popsicle Toes http://shellypop.com
Pretty Providence http://prettyprovidence.com
Scrap Time http://scraptime.ca
Sew Craft Create http://sewcraftcreate.com
Snapping Monsters http://snappingmonsters.blogspot.com
The Creative Mom http://www.thecreativemom.com
Tried & True http://triedandtrueblog.com
Waffleflower http://waffleflower.com
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Have fun, and enjoy the inspiration. Happy National Scrapbook Day!

~Aly

2 Color Letterpress Printing

Using the L Letterpress for your crafting projects always adds a clean classy feel, but now you can take your letterpress projects to the next level with 2 Color Printing Plates. Take a look at the card I created below using the Typewriter Printing Plates.

We R Multi Color Letterpress Card by Aly Dosdall

It’s easy to create beautiful projects using the alignment guide included with the multi color printing plates. First I added adhesive to the alignment guide and placed it on the upper letterpress platform. Then I inserted the first plate into the guide and placed my paper on the lower platform with the foam guides. Designer tip: make sure the foam guides are flush against the edge of the paper so that the paper doesn’t move. I added Orange Ink to the first plate and then letterpressed the image.

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Then I removed the first plate and inserted the second plate, this time adding Blue Ink. I carefully closed the platform making sure the two images lined up and ran it through my Evolution.

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Be sure to check out all the beautiful multi color printing plate designs HERE, and watch for them at your favorite retailer soon.

~Aly

Supplies:

Typewriter Printing Plates
Map Printing Plates
L Letterpress
Orange and Blue Ink
Square Flat White Letterpress Paper
A2 Flat White Letterpress Paper
Notable Paper Pack
Orange Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

Baby Week: Letterpress Baby Announcement

If you’re looking for DIY baby announcement ideas, here’s a simple but clever way to share the happy news with your family and friends. I combined a few Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress plates with some masculine colored patterned paper from the Game Day and Notable collections to create this interactive card.

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I started with a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Thick Square Flat Letterpress Paper and printed the chevron pattern from the Spooked Printing Plates set, and the hand-stitching image from the Petit Printing Plates set. Since they both were printed in Orange Letterpress Ink, it was easy to print them at the same time.  Then I printed the baby onesie using orange ink on a White Mini Flat Card and cut it out.

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Next, I took the 51/4 x 5 1/4″ piece of paper with the orange printing on it, and printed the “It’s A Boy” sentiment on it with my Letterpress using Light Blue Letterpress Ink.  To finish off the card, I added the baby onesie image with a foam square and mini wooden clothespins to the top of the card.  Then I created a border of blue patterned paper from the Game Day Collection, and added some Baker’s Twine and Enamel Shapes.

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To create the pocket for this card, I made a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 ” envelope with my Envelope Punch Board and trimmed off the top flap.  Designer tip: to cover the sports themed pattern (or “B” side) showing on the inside of the envelope I used the top flap I cut off, rotated it upside down (with the matching blue side showing), and adhered it to the top inside of the envelope. It fit perfectly to cover up the little bit of the sports pattern that was showing.

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I added a border and a Letterpress sentiment to the outside of the pocket that I punched out with my Tab Punch, along with some twine and enamel shapes. You can add a photo and details, or just leave the card as is for a gender announcement. The recipient will not only enjoy learning the wonderful news, but will also enjoy the fun interactive element of this card.

~Aly

Supplies:

Letterpress
Thick Square Flat White Letterpress Paper–5 1/4 x 5 1/4″
White Mini Flat Cards
Petit Printing Plates
Spooked Printing Plates
Orange Letterpress Ink
Light Blue Letterpress Ink
Game Day Paper Pack
Notable Paper Pack
Enamel Shapes–Warm
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Yellow
Envelope Punch Board
File Tab Punch

Albums Made Easy and Letterpress

Today I’d like to share some ideas with you for using the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Tool on your Albums Made Easy layouts.  Take a look at the layout I made about my daughter’s birthday party.  Can you spot the letterpress elements?

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Here’s how I incorporated some fun letterpress designs into this layout.  First I picked out some patterns from the Nautical Printing Plate Set that I thought would coordinate well with the Captured Journaling Cards I used.  Then I ran them through my letterpress tool with some Black Ink.

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I created one 3×4 horizontal journaling card with the letterpress by cutting down an A2 White Flat Card, rounding the corners, punching a sparkle shape and backing it with patterned paper.  I also added some grey Enamel Dots to emphasize the word “congratulations” on the outside of my Photo Sleeve so the pocket would lay flat.

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I also used the letterpress to create some borders for my journaling cards and photos.  After printing them I trimmed them and added them to various pockets on my layout.

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The designs on the printing plates coordinate so well with the Albums Made Easy Journaling Card designs.  Using the letterpress is a fun way to add something extra to your Albums Made Easy layouts.

~Aly

Supplies

L Letterpress Kit
Evolution
Nautical Printing Plate Set
Black Ink
A2 Flat White Cards
Captured Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Baker’s Twine–Black
Washi Tape–Onyx
Chevron Washi Tape–Raven