Introduction to Spellbinder’s BetterPress Letterpress System
Hello friends! Often times when we are introduced to something new, there is a learning curve. Spellbinder's BetterPress Letterpress System is the exception to the rule. It comes with everything you need to get started AND it is incredibly easy to use ... the result, beautifully letterpressed images comparable to expensive stationary! I love it! I am sharing my 'first ever' BetterPress cards!
The chase (platform) is first fitted with three shims and the magnetic insert. The number of shims used will depend on the thickness of the paper. I used Porcelain BetterPress A2 Cotton Card Panels.
The magnetic insert has a grid to align the plates and registration marks to accommodate both an A2 or A7sized panels.
The plates are arranged on the magnetic insert.
The platen (clear plate) also has registration marks for both sizes of panels. The panel is taped to the platen.
For the floral card, the plates were inked with BetterPress Black Ink. The Happy Floral plates were inked with Saffron, French Blue and Wild Berry from the BetterPress Nature Tones Ink.
The platen with its metal disc corners will sit on the magnetic, spring loaded legs on the chase. The platen with the panel taped to it will sit above the inked plates until it is pressed down to go through the die cutter. The BetterPress system will replace the die cutter's platform and cutting plates.
The Happy Floral set comes with dies. Both the pressed images and sheet foam were die cut and stacked.
The images were adhered to a 4" by 5 1/4" panel of black card stock and mounted onto an A2 sized card base.
The card was embellished with white pearls. Small pearls were also added to the centre of the flowers. The berries were finished off with Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard.
The floral image was coloured with Karin Brush Markers.
The panel and sheet foam were cut with a die from Essential Modern Ovals and stacked. A larger die from this set was used to cut black card stock. The layers were adhered to an A2 sized card base.
To view the tutorial, click HERE. You will be redirected to YouTube.
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