(Closed) DIY Letterpress Question!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

There is a letterpress machine that you can buy! I’m not sure exactly how it works, but I’ve always wanted to try it out!


Post # 6
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

my girlfriend was bound and determined to do this as well.  she drove up to LA with her mom, spend $300 on a little letterpress machine, ordered the plates, and it broke on the third pass.  they tried to get it fixed, and ended up having to rush order htem though a local guy, who, luckly for them, didnt charge them an arm and a leg.  ive heard so many more disater stories than success, thats for sure.  i dont want to be the rain on parade day, but if you’re going to attemp this, make sure you give yourself a TON of time (like a month or so) so make mistakes.

Post # 7
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually own that at-home letterpress machine you can buy at AC Moore. It isn’t bad, but honestly, its going to be a TON of work to do invites, and they are (probably) not going to look professionally done. It’s not hard to use, but it isn’t easy either. It takes time to figure out how much ink you need to use, and how many papers you can get before you need to reink. No matter how many times I tried it (using big block designs, not something intricate like wording), there were ink smudges around the designs, or on the paper.

I had originally wanted to try to do my own invites, but after printing up some thank-you card and other blank cards decided to go with a professional. Once you see the machines the professionals use, it makes sense that this really isn’t a “DIY” project.

Anyhow, hope this helps!



Post # 8
21 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you have a home die cutting machine you can do diy letterpress with a plate from somewhere like boxcar press.  But definitely a lot of work.

Homemade Letterpress!


Good luck!

Post # 9
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Can you find a art studio in your area who may have a press? That is what I am doing. I found an art center in my area took some classes just so I know my way around the press. Now they are letting me rent out the studio during the weekends to make my invitation. So far I will end up spending about $300 total on my wedding invitation printing and paper. Hope this helps.

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