Vintage looking letter seals

Although I enjoy all paper-crafting, card-making is my favorite. On my cards, I often like using medallions or letter seals. I also like vintage-looking card components and using stamps, but I definitely have no room to add more stamps to my collection! Today’s project will show you how to create your own printed vintage letter seals using Inkscape, MTC and your KNK. And the best part is, you can save them on your computer without a clutter of more stamps on your desk/shelves!

Card

First, the supply list – it couldn’t be more simple:

  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Cutter

Start by creating your letter seal designs. I created these using some of my favorite fonts and a few jpgs imported into Inkscape. First, I made circles for the outside ring of my letter seal, then I made smaller circles for the inside ring – creating a space that was sized for my fonts. Next, I added text around the rings and in the centers. I made the inner circles invisible so they would not print (Inkscape requires the rings remain for the ‘text to path’ curve). Finally, I imported the graphics and placed them where I wanted them.

Inkscape

I exported the letter seal page from Inkscape as a png. I then imported the png into MTC. I wanted the cut to be larger than the outer ring so I added circles around each seal.

Capture

To keep the registration marks in the same place when printing, and when cutting, place 4 small shapes at the outside corners of your images. Put these 4 shapes on a separate layer.  (Thank you to Millie for reminding me of this important step!)

Reg Next, I hid the outer rings / cut layer for the print step. I printed the file in Black only, although you could print in color if desired.

PrintLayerInstr

Leave the Registration marks layer ‘visible’ throughout.

Print Layer1

Then I hid the Print Layer, unhid the Cut Layer and put the paper on my mat. I loaded it into my Zing, performed the PNC alignment steps, and cut out the seals.

CutLayerInstr

Leave the Registration marks layer visible throughout.

CutLayer2

To achieve the aged look I wanted, I used 4 additional steps. You could use any or all of these to give your seals a vintage look.

First, I airbrushed a little color on them – I used Copic Sketch E42 chisel tip and E55 brush tip. The photo doesn’t do it justice – this step made the seals light tan with slightly darker speckles.

Step1 Second, I added color to the edges using Distress Ink. On the left is Tattered Rose and on the right is Antique Linen.

Step2Next, I used a paper distressing tool to rough up the edges.

Step3 Finally, to give it just a little more color on the edge I tapped a little distress ink into the rough paper edge around the seal.Step4

The seal used on my card was edged in Tea Dye, a darker color distress ink matching what was used on the other card components. The card was made using WorldWin CutMates paper, Boise color copy 80 lb cover for the Copic coloring, a Tim Holtz ‘ticket’, newspaper, ribbon and Wild Orchid flowers.  If you would like this PnC file, click on the completed card photo at the beginning of the post.

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

46 thoughts on “Vintage looking letter seals

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the files and sharing how you made them!!!!! I am making Valentine cards and will LOVE using some of these on my cards!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!! LOVE THEM!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your designs and ideas. I just got a Cameo and am trying to learn how to do Print and Cut. This looks like an excellent example to try.
    Thanks again.

  3. Spot on Gorgeous. WOW I Love the seals you done a fantastic job. The coloring on the couple is great. You can mail me the card and I will use it for Valentines Day. LOL Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. This method would also work great for making the labels for Hershey’s Kisses. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Although I don’t have MTC yet, I love the idea of these seals. What a great idea. I also love your card. Thanks for sharing and for sharing the file.

    • I thought I would never switch, but I love MTC now! Thank you – and you’re welcome. PM me if you would like the file in another format.

  6. Michelle, love your seals. Now for the question. How did you keep your registration marks in the right position when you hid the outer ring and did your print and then turned them back on to cut. Didn’t it move the marks?

    • Good question! Place four small shapes at the outside corners of all of your shapes. Put them on a different layer and do not hide them. When you Print, and when you Cut, the registration marks will remain in the same place. I’ll add this step to the instructions, thanks!

  7. These are great! I have lots of digital stamps that could be used for this project. Now to make the time! That is the hardest part.

    • I know what you mean! I didn’t get any done for Christmas, so I’m glad I was able to work on these in advance of Valentine’s Day!

  8. Thank you for the wonderful seals. Love vintage look and this will be a great addition. Now to design for different occasions.

  9. These are wonderful, you put a lot of work into creating the seals. Thanks for your step by step directions to making them

    • You’re welcome. The hardest part is figuring out how to make things work the way you want them to. Now I (and hopefully you too) can probably make new ones in half the time!

  10. Michele, these are great!!! What a neat idea! And thanks for the files and the step by step process of antiquing the seals. Maybe someday I will learn to us Inkscape if it ever will accept my Wacom tablet as an input device. These are wonderful.

    • You can create your seals in other programs as well – I’ve used Microsoft PowerPoint. I’m not sure what is compatible with your tablet but you should be able to find something!!

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  12. I’m a fan! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for adding the steps you took in doing the PNC. I think a lot of folks are intimidated by Print and cuts, but it really is super simple, once you’ve done it a few times!

    • Thank you, I’ve been using PNC quite a bit lately. For Christmas, I made 20 vintage-looking ‘pharmacy’ labels for homemade vanilla extract and 20 more labels for fresh ground Ceylon Cinnamon. Everyone oohed and aahed – astounded that I made them myself!.

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