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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Things to do with texture plates (Part two)

This is what happens when you try to use texture plates as a stamp! Not much!!

Another use of texture plates is to use them as a reverse stamp. They don’t make good stamps in the classic sense, because the ridges are not all the same height. Therefore, when you try to apply ink to them, you end up with little dots on your paper instead of the pattern. However, if you place the texture plate underneath thin paper and press the inkpad down onto the paper from the top, you’ll get a much better texture impression. Use slow-drying ink, add embossing powder, heat, and you’ll have an even more noticeable texture.


You can use your texture plates to texture thin metal. Tape the piece to the plate and rub the metal either with your finger or with a spoon. Using a piece of waxed paper over top of the metal will make your finger or spoon glide more easily, but can leave a residue on the metal that you’ll need to remove afterwards. When you’re done, you can use a stylus or an old dried up ballpoint pen to outline the designs and emboss the piece further.

I’ve been told but haven’t tried this one: Heat up extra thick embossing powder and press the texture plate into it while it’s till melted. Let it dry and cool before removing the plate.

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