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Old 10-12-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Question Trouble with Faux Letterpress Technique

Have been experimenting with the faux letterpress technique, and I can't seem to get even color coverage with SU! classic ink. I am using a brayer to apply it to the embossing folder, but it seems to be drying too quickly and the color comes out splotchy. Craft ink seems to be about the same.

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I use Distress Ink and it works great.
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I just rub my ink pad directly on the EF - I don't use the brayer. You get more even coverage and transfer more ink that way. I prefer classic ink - craft is too messy for me. With dye ink you can just rinse off the EF and you're done.

Here's a sample I did with Poppy Parade and a Tim Holtz folder and you can see there's good coverage across the EF: HYCCT1106 How Much Is That Penguin In The Window? by Understandblue - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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I need to get that brick EF - love it.

I'm having some issues with even coverage too. So far have tried dye ink (Memento), distress ink and pigment ink (Tsukineko Brilliance). Have tried both the brayer and direct-to-EF and not incredibly impressed with any of them - still sort of blotchy. Thoughts?

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I haven't tried this technique yet, but just a thought... It sounds like the material is acting similar to a cheap clear stamp. Perhaps you could take a nail buffing block and lightly sand your embossing folder so it has more tooth for the ink to grab onto, or put VersaMark ink on it first...
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I just rub my ink pad directly on the EF - I don't use the brayer. You get more even coverage and transfer more ink that way. I prefer classic ink - craft is too messy for me. With dye ink you can just rinse off the EF and you're done.

Here's a sample I did with Poppy Parade and a Tim Holtz folder and you can see there's good coverage across the EF: HYCCT1106 How Much Is That Penguin In The Window? by Understandblue - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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I've only used Sizzix, Cuttlebug and Quickutz (or whatever the new name is) and haven't had any issues with ink. I use Memento most of the time, but have used Distress ink and Papertrey as well. What brand of ef are you using?
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I have the same problem. I've given up.
I use Memento and TH Distress inks, direct to EF. The Ink balls up into droplets and therefore becomes splotchy.
I use Quickutz and SU! embossing folders.
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I've got several different types of EFs - Tim Holtz, Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby), Sizzix, Couture Creations, Cuttlebug. I like the Versamark idea. I'll have to try that.
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