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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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.
- 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.Read more ›
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.
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.
- 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this thing once, and it shattered, top and bottom plate.
I used the plates as is, no extra padding, no thicker paper, and it just cracked and died. Read more
This is a decent little thing. I designed my wedding invitations and used this to print them after getting a custom plate made elsewhere. I would probably never do that again. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sarah Dear
The mat to make deeper impressions bent and is no longer useful but the machine it still going.
The tension that the machine take make me a little nervous that it will break... Read more
I used the L Letterpress to make 200 wedding invitations (including a response and map card) and reception table numbers. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by vjchan
I made my wedding invitations using this and they came out beautiful! After having priced out companies that do letterpress printing, I was not willing to spend that kind of money... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Kristen K
Great little letterpress machine. The only drawback is that it comes with a limited amount of plates and only black ink. But, it comes with enough to make basic cards. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by pets123
Don't waste your money, especially through Amazon. I purchased this "new" item from Amazon, and it appeared to me to be "used". This machine is worthless.Published on July 6, 2012 by Jane
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. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by sunchixi81