The old timers in letterpress would cringe if they knew how I cleaned my press. I use a more household friendly method which includes baby oil and dawn. The only downside to this method is that it takes forever to clean my press - 30 minutes to an hour sometimes. I haven't worked on my press in what feels like weeks, and with the little time I'll have this weekend, (one of my husband's friends from the Marine Corps will be staying with us!) I decided to work on my press last night, and gave blind debossing a try.
This was my first attempt at blind debossing, and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it. It's a printing method which leaves an impression without any ink. It gives it a subtle yet delicate look, and I'm really happy on how my flower stationery cards turned out! A few of my favorite ladies will be receiving these in a few days! I printed them with two different flowers - a Chrysanthemum and Peony - and then had to have a pop of color, so I paired them with bright, springy colored envelopes.