Letterpress with Impressabilities™

by Beate Johns

Ink your Impressabilities template before embossing your cardstock for rich, dual-colored look.


  • Impressabilities™ Template (Impressabilities™ Butterfly template used here.)
  • Wizard™ or other Die cut Machine
  • Tan Embossing Mat
  • Cardstock
  • Ink (White Pigment Ink and Pacific Point Dye Ink used here)
  • Sponge (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Apply ink to an Impressabilities template with the help of a brayer or by pressing the ink pad directly onto the template.

  2. Step 2

    Create a sandwich by placing the template ink side up on a plate. Cover with a piece of cardstock.

  3. Add the tan embossing mat and finish the sandwich with the second plate.

  4. Step 3

    Run sandwich through the Wizard to emboss.

    Take sandwich apart and remove cardstock.

    Drying is only necessary if pigment ink was used. Dye ink will be dry immediately.

  5. Step 4 (Optional)

    For even more color, clean the template and replace over the embossed image.

  6. Step 5

    Use the Impressabilities template as a stencil.

    Dab a sponge in ink and apply the ink through the template and onto the cardstock.

  7. Your cardstock is ready to be used on your project.

  8. Step 6

    Finish your card.


    Letterpress With Other Die Cut Machines

    This technique can be done with other die cut machines and embossing folders or plates. Just apply ink to the embossing folders/plates either by brayering or by pressing the ink pad directly onto the folders.

    Sandwiches for other Die Cut Machines

    Impressabilities™ with Cuttlebug™
    A Plate
    B Plate
    Tan Embossing Mat
    Impressabilities template
    Thin cardboard shim
    B Plate

    Impressabilities™ with Big Shot™
    Multipurpose Platform Tab 1
    Acrylic Plate
    Impressabilities™ template
    Silicone Rubber Mat
    Impression Pad

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Letterpress with Impressabilities™. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow! Beate this is stunning...
Erica  |  Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 9:47 AM
This is a very cool technique. I like the way you can get two colors using this methods. TFS
Tonda Baldwin  |  Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM
I did this with my fiscars plates and it was awesome!
Thanks so much.
Leticia  |  Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 2:36 PM
Do these work in the Cuttlebug machine?
Lynda  |  Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 6:26 PM
that is really cool, wish I could try this but all I have is the CE right at the moment, but still this is a wonderful idea and really love it. TFS
Tammy  |  Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 6:04 AM
Beate, thanks so much for your wealth of information and your beautiful demonstrations; your samples are gorgeous. I am glad the plates will work with the CB, and Big Shot thanks for stating how.
Michele (mitchygitchygoomy)  |  Fri May 1, 2009 at 2:20 AM
Love the technique Beate. I truly appreciate all of the time and effort you give to your excellent tutorials. I have used a few. I would like to know how Leticia used her Fiskars plates for this. I have a couple of them and would like to know if there is a way to sandwich them through a cuttlebug. So far I haven't quite got the recipe. thanks
Shyhawk4  |  Sat May 2, 2009 at 10:34 PM
It is a stunning card. I never knew there were
impressabilities embossing plates. We can't buy them here. What a pitty, because that is a stunning embossing plate! The best I have ever seen!! Thanks for sharing. I love all your tutorials.
Lizette Lehmkuhl  |  Fri May 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM
Can someone please tell me how to get to the gallery so that I can view what others have created and posted? Thank you!!
Charlene  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 9:56 AM
Fantastic Beate! You always have the greatest tricks and your tutorials are so easy to follow. Stunning card. Thanks for all that you share! :O)
Mel M M M  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:27 AM
Hi Charlene,
You can either use the link on the bottom of the tutorial to go to our dry embossing gallery, or you can go to the gallery, click on the word search on the left hand side and type in Impressabilities to find samples that way.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 4:35 AM
i am making custom belt buckles , how can i use this to embross wax masters so i can do investment casting and turn my ideas into Brass or other metals, i am carving wax now i would love to do this in wax
any ideas?


warren kelly  |  Wed Aug 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM
How did you clean the ink off of your stencil? I used StazOn opaque cotton white and found it difficult to get off. The stencil is very delicate and sharp. I love your creativity. You inspire me every time. Thanks so much for your help.
Jeanne Kent  |  Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM
Hi Jeanne,
I used pigment ink, not Stazon. For Stazon you will need a special cleaner to remove it. Pigment or waterbased dye ink wipes just off.
Thanks so much for your kind words. Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

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