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We R Memory Keepers Letterpress Combo Kit, with Epic 6 Tool


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  • Additional ink colors and paper sizes must be purchased separately
  • Envelopes not included
  • Contains Epic Six Tool, Letterpress, clear packing mat with grid, paper placement guides, ink base and brayer
  • Also contains ten A2 flat cards, nine printing plates, tube of black ink, and a set of QuicKutz circle dies

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 6.5 x 13.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002WZLI7U
  • Item model number: L-LP-EPIC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,162 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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Product Description

We R Memory Keepers' Letterpress Combo Kit contains everything you need to begin letterpress printing right away

Customer Reviews

So, we tried reducing the padding (to just one packing sheet) and still heard cracking.
pintobean
I used a Speedball rubber brayer instead of the one provided, printed on Crane's Lettra paper, and used Boxcar Press for platemaking (highly recommend them).
vjchan
I like most everyone else who has reviewed the item had super high expectations, so it is amazing that this product actually held up to par.
sunchixi81

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By pintobean on June 24, 2010
If I could give this zero stars, I would. I pretty much had to have this as soon as I saw Quickutz was coming out with a small letterpress. When I finally got it, I was a little suprised that the printing plates were plastic, but still had high hopes. I had a craft night with friends to debut my letterpress. The first run we tried did not include any padding (as recommended for a deeper impression) and it basically looked like we just stamped the paper with a regular rubber stamp. So, we tried adding some padding (the packing sheets they provide in the kit) for the second run. That's when we heard cracking. So, we tried reducing the padding (to just one packing sheet) and still heard cracking. We pulled out the plates and saw that the printing plates crack when you even add the thinnest of padding. We tried again with new plates. Same result. We tried a total of about 5 different scenarios, looked at the manual several times, and watched all the videos we could find online to try to find a clue as to what we could possibly be doing wrong, but gave up while we were ahead. Or at least before we cracked all my printing plates.

The foam paper guides? They are definitely not reuseable. Once you place them down, your aren't getting them off. I had to use goo gone to get the sticky off once I ripped the foam part off.

I could go on and on, but basically, I am very, very, very disappointed in this product. It isn't worth your money.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amy Finch on March 10, 2012
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I used the L-Letterpress to do my wedding invitations and they are absolutely gorgeous (to see photos, go to finchfineart dot com, click on photo journal, then click "wedding preparations")

I admit, there is a big learning curve in learning how to Letterpress, but it really is a fine art so if you want to do it well, you're going to have to go through lots of trial and error until you get the techniques down. The frustrations I initially had were no fault of the machine itself, it was most about learning how to ink properly, what solutions to use for cleanup, etc.

My advice:
- Read some blogs (Boxcarpress dot com has an excellent one - I'm very grateful for it!)
- PAPER: Buy really high quality letterpress paper (I got Crane's Lettra paper - 600gsm - the really thick stuff and makes for a much better impression than the cheapy paper that Lifestyle Crafts sells). The paper comes in giant sheets so I used a mat-cutter with a razor blade to size it down. You want nice, crisp, straight cuts.
- CUSTOM PRINTING PLATES: Order K152 plates from Boxcar Press. (And ask for the borders not to be trimmed off...they can be used to help make perfect roller guides for your brayer). It's pretty helpful if you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator to create good quality plate designs. Boxcar Press has some good tips on platemaking on their website.
- INK: The ink that Lifestyle Crafts sells works just fine and goes a LONG way. It only took me 1/2 tube to create 75 x 3-piece suite of wedding invitations. (I also ordered a few other colors after doing the wedding invitations to use for other projects. The colors are great and mix well with a toothpick).
- BRAYER: Get rid of the brayer that comes with the kit, and purchase a Speedball 6" SOFT rubber brayer.
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Kirkland on November 28, 2009
After months of waiting for this product to hit the market, I was highly disappointed. The instructions accompanying the combo pack were minimal and did not list more than a few steps. This would not be simple for a newbie crafter. Also, it would have been helpful to explain how to clean all the equipment, but after a few attempts I discovered that mineral spirits did the trick. The outcome of the card I made was far from something I would feel proud of leaving my craft room.

The bottom line is that you do not receive the "reverse embossed" look that you expect to receive. The samples on display at the store were obviously not created by this kit. The instruction manual says that you may add extra "padding" to help increase the depth of the impression, but DO NOT ATTEMPT this. I tried this with 2 sheets of very thin magazine paper and I ended up breaking the Epic 6 machine. It broke the mechanism inside to where you could not crank through anything thicker than the two plates. What a waste of money.

I am glad I could return this to the store or I would be very upset. If you are purchasing this in hopes of creating wedding invitations, save yourself the headache.

Other notes:
- If you buy the starter pack without the Epic 6, be aware that these plates are wider than the Cuttlebug (unsure of other systems).
- The ink is expensive, but necessary. It has a very tacky texture to it. You may find a similar substitute in some some of linoleum block printing ink.
- It really is not explained until you open up the kit, but every time you select a plate you must use the adhesive (some provided) to attach it to one of the plates. This leaves a sticky residue when you are finished.
- There are many consumable pieces to use with this kit, which could eventually be expensive.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Emma S. on March 29, 2011
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Unlike many reviewers out there, I actually love this product. I spent a good amount of time reading plenty of reviews about this product. It is not the best right out of the box. But with some modifications (buy a soft rubber brayer, use guards when rolling on ink to make sure it only goes on the letterpress object, use double sided tape to adhere your paper to the surface, etc), it works perfectly. The is a great write-up by Boxcar Letterpress that details their experience with the machine and how to make modifications. I am using this to letterpress my wedding invitations, and I think it will work perfectly. I could not be happier!
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