While searching youtube last night, I'd found the videos I shared earlier about making your own embossing plates. I also found several videos that show you how to use Cuttlebug or Stampin' Up embossing folders to achieve a letterpress effect. This is great, and in the future I'll pick up some of those embossing folders, but I had an idea to try to make my own letterpress template using fun foam, similar to how I created a stamp using fun foam. I couldn't find anyone doing this on youtube, so I now consider myself brilliant for coming up with this idea on my own! I spent all night dreaming of letterpressing, and couldn't wait to get up this morning and give it a shot.
I took pictures as I tried this out today. It's not a perfect result, but it's neat, and I think it will be fun to try some papercrafts with the effect.
First, I pulled out a Sizzlit die.
these for small projects (like little embellishments). I did see them on clearance at Michaels awhile ago, so I'll have to go check and see if they're still there and whether they are less expensive than Amazon. (Probably not, but worth a shot).