Monday, September 2, 2013
The kit comes with black letterpress ink and a few letterpress plates so it does contain everything needed to get started. While I know I will use the black ink that comes in the kit, I did want to expand my color choices. One look at the price per tube - $6 on Amazon.com - had me rethinking that desire.
Okay - so I also ran to Joann's this weekend and found seven of the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Plate kits for $2.97 each (one of the kits was $5.97). The cheapest I have been able to find them online was $15. I was so excited to find the plate kits at such a great price that I was almost jumping for joy in the store aisle.
Now, onto the paper needed to letterpress. The kit came with several sheets of the letterpress paper which is a thick, soft paper. It is really a nice quality, but again, not cheap. I wanted to experiment with other papers I had on hand to see if they would letterpress well. I used a Canson Watercolor paper, the Lifestyle Crafts letterpress paper that came in the kit and a piece of Pure Poppy card stock by Papertrey Ink.
The best impression was achieved with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress paper (no surprise here). The Canson Watercolor Paper (purchased at Hobby Lobby some time ago) was a close second. I misted the Canson paper with water and let it dry a bit before letterpressing to soften it up a bit. I did like the results with this paper. The Papertrey Ink card stock did not letterpress as well. It looks nice but there is not very much de-bossing on this paper. I may need to add another shim and see how that works.
The photo of the silver Christmas tree is letterpress with the Lifestyle crafts paper.
I also included a photo of the Canson watercolor paper (on the left) and Lifestyle Crafts letterpress paper (on the right) side-by-side so you can compare. It is hard to get a sense of the quality in photos and I am planning to do a video on this soon.
And lastly, below is a photo of letterpress on the Pure Poppy card stock from Papertrey Ink.
Using the kit is a lot of fun and I am planning to make some letterpress holiday cards. This craft can be a little messy so make sure you have plenty of wet wipes on hand for clean up.
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