Post # 1
Is it bananas if you’re not Martha? I’m not terribly crafty, but am gradually improving. Has anybody used one of the home Letterpress machines? Would love to see pics. My heart’s not set on it or anything, but I have seen a simple design that would look perfect in letterpress, and there’s no way I’m spending that kind of money on it.
Post # 3
I don’t know how the at-home letterpress works but you might find a youtube video on it. If you have your heart set on the tactile nature of letterpress then maybe you could look to see if there’s a school or non-profit that offers classes in your area. I’m doing mine via a letterpress class and Goccoing my Save-The-Date Cards.
Post # 4
I think it depends on if paper is a big priority for you. Of course it would look beautiful, but it will take a lot of time.
Post # 5
Wow @jenny – fair play to you!
@artbee: that’s kind of what I’d assumed, and it’s not a huge priority. I want pretty stationery, obv, but it’s not the be all and end all. Was just curious!
Post # 6
I watched a video review of the DIY letterpress machine. Honestly, it didn’t give very good results until the guy started substituting the parts it came with with pro parts. Also, he was a pro doing it. It doesn’t seem like it’s worth it to me if a pro has a hard time getting good, even, reproducible results.
Post # 7
I letterpressed my invites, RSVP’s and rehearsal invites by taking a class in NYC first to learn the trade and then creating my design and pressing it. If paper is something you LOVE, go for it. It happened to be something I’m very interested in and I’m so happy I did it but in the midst of it, it was a PAIN!
I’d look at Mrs. Paisley’s blog posts to get a better idea of how exactly its done. I haven’t heard anything about the at home kits and I think they can be a bit pricey to just test the waters…
Post # 8
I am not sure about the home letterpress thing but I am letterpressing my invitations at a studio and so far it is fun.
Post # 9
I’ve done a fair bit of crafting, and read a few reviews on the letterpress (it’s by QuicKutz.) Most people said it worked pretty well, and I have decided to use it for my invites, though have not bought the machine yet. I recommend looking around to find the best price online or at local craft stores. I will be doing some testing of it later this month, I need to start early since I have a somewhat larger amount of invites to do. I can send you some pictures when I do, and I’ll also be posting my tips and advice up on my blog.
Post # 10
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I’d use it! Maybe a hybrid option would be good since the plates aren’t super comprehensive and can’t really make all the wording… unless they’ve finally come out with their program to make custom plates..? It’s probably not as deep an impression as old artisan machines, but it’s def at good as embossing- I saw one in action at a PaperSource once. If you have one of those or a craft store that carries them locally you can ask for a demo!