I have not been able to participate in many of the Papertrey Ink "Make it Mondays", but just had to give this week's tutorial a try! It's called "Impression Plate tricks". You place a die on top of your impression plate with the cutting side of the die facing UP and NOT toward your Impression plate. Lay some paper and the impression mats on the top. Run it through your machine (I used my Cuttlebug) and you are left with an impression of the die in the middle of your pattern!
I used PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate, and the arch-shaped die from "Sending You" on Aqua Mist paper. I then inked the woodgrain pattern with Fresh Snow ink to give a white-washed look. The wreath and berries are from Wreath for All Seasons, and the sentiment is from Asian Fusion.
I stamped the berries in Enchanted Evening ink, and then used a Glaze Pen by Sakura to dot each berry and give them a little something "extra". Used VersaColor "Umber" ink for the twig portion.
This was SUCH a fun technique! I can't wait to try out more die and impression plate combos!