Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get your own letterpress look (even without a letterpress set up).
-You can use thick watercolor paper with stamp ink impressions.
-Can also use cardstock and textured cardstock work as well, but impressions aren't as deep.
Stampin' Up Plates
- Use with Craft Ink for a good, clean impression.
- Classic Inks won't stick to the plate evenly so if you want a distressed look, go with these.
If you're using Stampin' Up plates in a Big Shot:
- Using the letterpress template with a set of new cutting plates works best
- Put it on the multi-purpose platform, Tab 1
- To make your "sandwich"
- Lay the letterpress face up on top of one cutting plate and ink it. Then move of those to lay on the top of Tab 1.
- Adhere your paper to the other cutting plate, then flip that over and layer on top of the letterpress plate.
- Instead of using the sticky sheets that Letterpress sells to hold the plates, run them through a Xyron with a non-permanenet cartridge installed.
- A little ink goes a long way
- If you'd like a better brayer, go with a speedball instead.
- Run the letterpress through a big shot as is. No need to add shims or cutting plates.