Friday, October 8, 2010


I'll be the first to say that the thought of trying out the new Letterpress Machine was a bit intimidating to me. But, I have always loved the way a letterpressed card has such a cool and unique look to it. Something about the beautiful yet simple ink colors that are nestled in the debossed image just gives it such a classy look. So, with mixed feelings, I tried my hand at the Letterpress Starter Combo Kit today (I have photos to prove it!). I will happily say that my first venture with the Letterpress machine was a success, which is great because look how cool all these letterpress projects are, and all created with this tool! Take a look:

Here are my simple steps to create your own letterpress card and - let me say - if I can do this, you can too.

Step 1: Gather the goods. Everything you need comes in the Starter Kit, so this step is easy! (I had an extra shape set that I was working with, but the Kit comes with some really cute shapes)
Step 2: Design! Line up the card on the Letterpress and place the the adhesive-backed shape dies on the clear lid, you can close it to see where your image will be placed on the card and move to a new position if needed.
Step 3: Ink! Place a tiny amount of ink on the glass mat and, using the brayer, ink the plate evenly. The Starter Kit came with this black ink, I can't wait to try it with more colors!
Step 4: Cover! Using the Brayer, cover the image with the ink, rolling it on to be sure that all the areas are covered. If you get ink around the image, simply wipe it off.
Step 5: Roll! Close the lid of the Letterpress and roll it through the Epic tool. This is when the image is debossed and the ink is placed on the card.
And is my beautiful letterpressed card, I can't wait to try out more color combos and designs, I have images of fun holiday cards swirling in my head right now!And a few more samples of cards that we created here while we were
playing with the Letterpress tool:
Hopefully my first letterpress experience has encouraged you to try it too. Do you have any fun letterpress ideas to share? I would love to hear them! --Lauren


  1. Awesome! Your card turned out so great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. How much does this kit go for?

  3. Can you get custom stamps made? I do my cards in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, so I'd love to look into getting different words.

  4. Can't wait to get my hands on one! Your card is awesome! How much are these kits going for?

  5. Thanks for the support on my first letterpress card, I appreciate it! The whole kit goes for $169.99 and it includes everything you need to get started (everything that I showed on my blog post minus that extra set of shapes).

    You can get custom made letterpress dies, learn more about ordering them here:


  6. So cool, I was actually looking at the in the store the other day. Great to see how it works!

  7. Can Paper Zone do a workshop - vendor demonstrating? A Saturday with reserved seats would be nice.