SAF 2017 Guest: Natasha Trupp

By August 26, 2017Stamp-a-faire


Get ready to be amazed with this project idea from Natasha Trupp!

"Impression plates add depth and interest to cards. In keeping with the 5th Anniversary gift theme of Wood, I am challenging you to use your wood themed impression plates. In order to add an additional “wow” factor, we’ll be inking up those impression plates. If you don’t have a wood-themed impression plate, you could also use a stencil or embossing folder.  You can try this technique with other impression plates, but be sure to still include a wood-type theme into your card somehow. A lot of the other Papertrey Ink impression plates would still look very wood like if used in brown tones (other suggestion: Diagonals, Rustic Burlap, Aida, Diagonal Stripes, Striped Sweater, Herringbone, Animal Prints (zebra stripes side), Argyle, Diamonds, Cane Print, Linen & Canvas, Moroccan Motifs, Tin Types, etc.) Get creative!"



  1. Cut card base to size and score it.
  2. Gently ink up an impression plate with your ink of choice (Dark Chocolate used in my project). Try to swipe the ink pad in the same direction as the pattern to avoid ink from going into the grooves. If any ink gets in the grooves, you can also wipe it with a cotton swab. Place Dark Chocolate cardstock on top of the inked impression plate. Place items into a folded piece of lightweight copy paper. Place rubber mat on top of this sandwich, ensuring that the entire impression plate is covered. Run through your die-cutting machine (I used the cuttlebug and used the sandwich A,B, impression plate/paper, rubber mat, B, cardboard shim)
  3. Die cut 3 “thanks” out of Americana card stock and one of each of the leaf prints from Rustic Cream card stock
  4. Adhere the 3 thanks together
  5. Stamp the leaf prints images onto the corresponding leaf prints die cuts. I used Harvest Gold and Honey Oat for the elm leaf, Prairie Grass, Honey Oat, and Cocoa Bean for the oak leaf, and Americana and Terracotta Tile for the maple leaf. To achieve a blended look, start with the lightest ink color, then ink the desired portion with the darker color and then tap the lightest color back over the entire image. I used Dark Chocolate for the line detail image. 
  6. Stamp the sentiment on Rustic Cream sentiment strip, using Dark Chocolate
  7. Adhere woodgrain panel to the Kraft card base. Next adhere the sentiment strip to the woodgrain panel. Attach the “thanks” die cut. Adhere all of the leaves with foam tape.



  • STAMPS: Leaf Prints, Wet Paint
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Honey Nut, Harvest Gold, Prairie Grass, Cocoa Bean, Americana, Terracotta Tile
  • PAPER: Kraft, Rustic Cream, Americana, Dark Chocolate
  • DIES: Wet Paint Cuts, Leaf Prints
  • OTHER: Woodgrain impression plate, Foam Tape, Glue, Tape


  • Now it's your turn!  Create a project featuring an inked impression plate (or cover plate, stencil, etc.) technique.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Natasha above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery, Instagram or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to the InLinkz list below.
  • You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


  • As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 
  • One randomly selected winners will be chosen from all of the InLinkz entries on this post on Thursday, August 31st. The winner will be posted on our Thursday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winner will get a $20 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from the comments of this post on Thursday as well. You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st to add your comment and be eligible to win. The randomly selected winner will get a $10 PTI gift certificate.

I love the subtleness of this look and how it can really be applied to just about any kind of project. The inking definitely makes the impressions look more defined and crisp, which is something I think we are all trying to achieve, aren't we? Were there any little tips that Natasha shared that really stuck with you. We look forward to seeing your projects using this great technique!

Nichole Heady

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