Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I had originally brought up the topic of video making over on the CAS blog, but since I had shared the Letterpress cards here first, I figured I'd show the video here. This is my first video ever, so please be nice. I was all set to use a Flip camera, but it's apparently MIA (I figure someone else is using it), so I went with the adequate Canon SD1100IS instead. If you have any questions about the technique, feel free to leave a comment! I didn't include the final card, since it was really simple and the night lighting made it hard to get a decent shot of the impression. But you can go here if you're wanting a better idea of what the pressed design looks like.
See the video at Youtube.

Questions asked answered here:

The paper I used in the video was the paper offered by Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress. I got a pack here. I used some Crane Lettra, but haven't found a reasonable source for shipping in or to Canada. I just recently got an order from They sell quite a few types of cotton paper. I picked up some of the 118lb Savoy in bright white and in natural white. It presses quite nicely!

Although the plates I had made are photopolymer, they are a much harder form than the stamps so many of us crafters use. I have tried to use a photopolymer stamp and it did not go so well. The image pressed into the paper, but so did the entire area around the stamp. Not pretty! The pressure of the machine also caused irreversible damage to the stamp.


  1. Love it Natasha! Very cool indeed. And your video is great!!! Good job.

  2. Thanks so much for the video. I have the letterpress and I've not used it yet. Seemed too complicated, even though I HAD TO HAVE IT! I'm going to get it out and make something RIGHT away.

    What are you liking best for paper to use? To get the best impression?

  3. OMG! I didn't know there were home letter press kits! And I had no idea it was that easy to use them! Thank you so much for that awesome tutorial! :-)

  4. Just found the video link through Clean and Simple. SO happy to know it does work with the Cuttlebug!! Thanks for sharing the video.

  5. I really appreciate the video - it was very easy to follow and understand.
    Have you tried using clear stamps for letterpressing and if so how did it turn out?

  6. I'm so excited - I just got my L Letterpress Starter Kit today - Thanks so much for the video!!