Post # 1
Has anyone on here attempted to make DIY letterpress invitations? My fiance (yes, my fiance, not me) has absolutely fallen in love with letterpress, and is dying for letterpress invites. I flatly told him that they are too expensive… and showed him some price quotes to back that up. Well… today he found this machine online — the L-Letterpress:
Has anyone used it… or any other DIY letterpress method? Opinions? I want to know if this is going to be worth it before I go out and buy the machine.
Post # 3
I reaaaaaaally want to try to do it myself. I don’t know how I’ll manage to pull it off, but I’m sure I could if I tried hard enough and wasn’t too picky about the design.
Post # 4
I was thinking about buying that machine… the reviews I found seemed like it was probably not a good option for big projects like batches of invitations – it comes with pre-designed plates with messages like “thank you” or “I love you.” There’s an alphabet set you can buy, but the letters are big and intended for just putting a monogram, not invitation text – and I think there’s just one of each of them. You’re supposed to use their brand of ink, which is expensive, too. You might be able to letterpress a graphic or monogram onto flat-printed invitations with it? Or, is there a local craft center where you might be able to take a letterpress class? I know there are craft centers that let you take letterpress classes, and maybe also pay for studio time where you use their machines to make your stuff.
Post # 5
This isn’t exactly a REAL letterpress, but someone had suggested that printing the invites on an inkjet printer & then immediately shaking on embossing powder & then embossing would give you a similar look. I haven’t had the chance to try this, but if anyone else has, i would love to know how it turned out!
Post # 6
This machine is not designed to make very fine type that you would need for an invitation. However, if you wanted to do a combo, it would be great for the decorative parts of the invitation.
Post # 7
I know that some people have had success using photopolymer (custom) plates with that machine, which would allow you more flexibility. I think the people at Boxcar Press have something on their blog about the process–you can order the plates directly from Boxcar.
It’s not going to achieve quite the crispness of professional letterpress, and it looks like it might make your arms very tired to do 100 or more, but still might be a good compromise if you really want letterpress and can’t afford even one of the cheaper (ie Mercurio Bros) professional companies.
Post # 8
Here’s an article from Boxcar Press about how to DIY with the L Letterpress set-up.