Do-It-Yourself Letterpress

Written by ashley leonard
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Letterpress designs are usually seen on high-end cards and wedding invitations. Letterpress used to be an expensive undertaking, involving hiring an expert to do the job. You can inexpensively create letterpress designs on cards and invitations yourself. To do this task successfully, you will need a handheld letterpress machine that is available at your nearest arts and crafts store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Letterpress machine
  • Thick paper
  • Letterpress plates
  • Letterpress ink

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  1. 1

    Purchase a handheld letterpress machine. You can purchase a letterpress machine from your local arts and crafts store or from an online retailer. A letterpress machine such as, Quickutz L Letterpress allows individuals to create letterpress designs on cards and invitations.

  2. 2

    Use thick card stock that can withstand the letterpress machine. The letterpress machine should come with a supply of paper for your first use. The machine will also come with your first supply of ink.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin coating of ink on to the letterpress plate. You can use the brush or small rolling pin that is included in the package. You can purchase different ink colours that specifically work with the machine at the arts and crafts store. A letterpress plate is what creates the design or the lettering onto the card or invitation. Insert the letterpress plates in the machine.

  4. 4

    Place a sheet of paper into the letterpress machine. The machine will have a tray where the paper should be placed. Turn the crank on the letterpress machine until the tray comes out the other end. Release the paper from the tray and examine the letterpress design.

  5. 5

    Wipe off the letterpress plate and apply a different colour of paint, if you want a different colour on the paper. Insert the same paper again as specified above.

Tips and warnings

  • To get a deeper impression, add more paper to the machine.

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