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!
First, the supply list – it couldn’t be more simple:
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
Second, I added color to the edges using Distress Ink. On the left is Tattered Rose and on the right is Antique Linen.
Next, I used a paper distressing tool to rough up the edges.
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.
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.