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Old 11-20-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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I made a letterpress to work in my Big Shot die cutter. Details here: http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.co...e-letterpress/ I can use the Lifestyle crafts plates in it or ones I made from stencil film. I have how to photos on my blog. It's cheap easy and fun
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:48 AM   #2
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wow, that is cool. thanks for the fabulous ideas!

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Old 11-21-2009, 09:04 AM   #3
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Cool! I saw the 'real' one in action last weekend and was wondering if I could figure out how to make my own. Now off to check out...
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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I'm experimenting on other easy ways to make cusom plates at home, I am helping my niece with her wedding invites so I might *need* to get the swirly wedding plate set. I'll let you guys know how it goes!
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WOW!!! You are too smart!!
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Update: I made great ink buy mixing Reeves brand gauche (pronaunced gwash) paint (you can get a set of 18 colors at AC Moore for $10) with equal parts prang tempra (I used metallic tempra cuz it's pretty, looks like glimmer mist) just a dab of each on a ceramic tile, rool over it with a brayer until it is well mixed and roll onto the letterpress plate. It's divine and super cheap compared with the letterpress ink that is $6 a tube! I got the prang tempra paint at the Dollar Tree! I'm having so much fun experimenting! I tried to make some printing plates with hot glue tonight but it did not work, hard plastic seems to be the way to go, I'll keep experimenting though
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Great idea! Is there any specific thickness to the masonite you used ? I would like to try to make my own too. I bought one of the Everyday plates and tried it with the Multipurpose platform, cutting pads and some shims on my BigShot. I was trying to figure out how to make it hinged ... thanks for figuring it out for us. TFS!
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What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing...
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Great idea! Is there any specific thickness to the masonite you used ? I would like to try to make my own too. I bought one of the Everyday plates and tried it with the Multipurpose platform, cutting pads and some shims on my BigShot. I was trying to figure out how to make it hinged ... thanks for figuring it out for us. TFS!
I actually used a scrap of masonite paneling, I got a free sample at the hardware store, ask if they have any discontuned paneling samples, they just throw them away, other wise get the 1/8" thick stuff. I broke my cutting plates in the middle of a project once and didnt have a replacement so I cut masonite to use until I got a new set and it worked great. I wouldn't use them for sutting too often though incase they dull your dies.
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I used my cricut machine to cut printing plates out of magnet sheets and it worked great. details here: http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.co...riment-part-2/
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Another question ... What sandwich did you use together with your homemade letterpress?
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I'll attach a picture. I hinges a big shot cutting pad to a peice of 1.8" masinite with duct-tape and place my paper and plate inside that and put that contraption on my spacer. I shimmed it with 2 peices of cardstock between the spacer and the letterpress. If you dont have masonite I'm sure another cutting pad would work My masonite is just a bathroom wall board (paneling) scrap.
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You are amazing and clever - thanks for sharing!
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