Ordering Custom Letterpress Plates – advice?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I have been looking into this, and I am currently ordering samples from Boxcar Press since I’ve seen many postings around the web that claim to have had luck with them. A sample is cheap ($1) and you can see if it works for you and your machine before you buy a full plate, that’s my plan anyway.

I’m not sure what the cost is after shipping, but I do know that the base price for a plate begins at around $31, which includes up to 50 square inches.

I’ll let you know how it goes for me after I receive my sample and get a chance to test it!

Post # 5
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I saw a post here about boxcar press and ordered a sample.  It arrived wicked quick (2 days I think).  I am ashamed to state I haven’t tried it in my Cuttlebug.  But, given their quick response to my request, I will be going through them for my plate.  

I’m still not sure of the paper though and what would work best.  I’ve only now started to really think about this DIY project.  It will be a major one.

Post # 6
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i also suggest boxcar. they do amazing work, and their customer service is awesome! i’ll be ordering plates from them once i finalize our design (:

Post # 7
311 posts
Helper bee

I ordered a custom plate from Boxcar to make my STD’s. Fortst read their blog it will help a ton!


Take their advice and get a soft rubber brayer and most def ask for roller guides when ordering! It takes a lot of practice but can be done! Really take your time and practice on waste paper. Practice appying ink and pressing wth different shims!

Post # 8
1359 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree about using Boxcar, that’s what I used and their plates are really lovely. I wrote a few posts about letterpressing on the blog once upon a time about my experiences but I’d also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.

@wabanzi:  I suggest a good thick cottony paper, holyoke direct has some really stunning paper.

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