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Faux Screen Printing + Letterpress Tutorial : JulieKirk

Faux Screen Printing + Letterpress Tutorial : JulieKirk

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Do you like the clean, bold graphics which so often appear on screenprinted and letterpressedart works, staationary and greetings cards? Would you liketo learn a technique which gives you a similar feel without having to buy any expensive equipment?

This tutorial will lead you, step-by-step, through a simple yet striking weay of using acrylic / rubber stamps and ink.
Do you like the clean, bold graphics which so often appear on screenprinted and letterpressedart works, staationary and greetings cards? Would you liketo learn a technique which gives you a similar feel without having to buy any expensive equipment?

This tutorial will lead you, step-by-step, through a simple yet striking weay of using acrylic / rubber stamps and ink.

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Published by: JulieKirk on Apr 23, 2010
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Copyright © Julie Kirk 2010
For Personal Use Only
 notesonpaper.blogspot.com
A version of his tutorial appeared as a Lesson from the Lily Pad
 feature on the Banana Frog blog: www.bananafrog.typepad.com [April 262010].The projects in this tutorial were inspired by a certain style of artprints, stationary and greetings cards which have been drawing myattention in recent years. I discovered that, have more often than not,their clean graphic designs, had been produced by screen-printing andletter-press techniques.I wanted to emulate those styles without having to buy screen-printingor letter press equipment and turned to my acrylic stamp collectioninstead.After experimenting with masking and stencilling to achieve a similarbold feel, I achieved some great results now heres how you can do thesame ...
 
Using acrylic
stamps to recreate
the feel of screen-printed & letter-pressed graphics
.
 
Copyright © Julie Kirk 2010
For Personal Use Only
 notesonpaper.blogspot.com
Step 1
:Select what size of card to stamp on.
Y
ou could make a large design to frameand hang on a wall OR
Y
ou could stamp directly on to a blankgreetings card.Using a low-tack masking tape, secure yourcard to a firm surface, [eg. a cutting mat].It is important that your card
does not move
 while you are stamping on it.
Step 2:
C
hose a shape to make into a stencil.
C
lean simple shapes  such as a heartwork best for this technique.Even something as simple as a squarecan have a impressive effect.Draw or print this shape onto
 pap
er
and cutaround it with a craft knife [or even cut astencil using a die-cutting machine].
N
OTE: It
 must be
paper 
not c
a
rd 
 asthe stencil has to lay almost flush toyour base card to create a strongedge.
Step 3:
Position your stencil on top of your base cardand tape it in place on your hard surface.
Step 4:
Select the stamps you want to feature.Alphabets and sentiments work well.Here Ive used a selection of
B
a
n
a
n
a
 Frog
alphas.Strong graphics and flowers also makea full, bold design.If stamping text, create a focal point usingone key word in a prominent place on the page.Highlight it further by using a contrastingcoloured ink.Position the first letter / image sothat it stamps just over the edge ofthe stencil. This helps to create aframe for your design once the stencilis removed.
 
 
Copyright © Julie Kirk 2010
For Personal Use Only
 notesonpaper.blogspot.com
Step 5:
Once youve stamped your focal point  as Ivestamped Love  begin to fill in the spacesaround it with other key words with the sametheme.The fonts Ive used are:
M
adfont [Large]; FT Rosecube andBensfolk  all from
B
a
n
a
n
a
Frog
 I used various sizes of alpha stampsin order to fill in as much of thespace inside the stencil as possible.
Ti
ps:
Stamping your words one letter at atime  rather than in one go  willgive you more control over theposition of each letter.
Y
ou dont have to stamp full wordsevery time.It will not spoil the over all effectif your words hang off the edge orappear incomplete.Once youve finished stamping yourtext, if you notice any obvious whitespaces, use some smaller designs tofill the gap  as I did here usingsome small hearts.
Step 6:
 Once youre happy with your stamped design,carefully remove your stencil.What appeared as a messy and ragged edge willnow emerge as a clean crisp outline filledwith your design!If you want to add some dimension  togive the feel of letter-press designs- raise an area of your design using3D gloss / Glossy Accents.I did this to two of the hearts on myLove card.

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