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Letterpress Machines aid the letterpress printing process by debossing designs onto a material. In other words, letterpress printing is the opposite of embossing. Instead of leaving a raised impression in paper, these machines leave a depressed imprint of a design using printing plates, inks and brayers.
All machines on the market with a letterpress function follow a very similar process. Simply attach a printing plate to a hinged plate, ink it with a brayer, place your paper on the plate base and close the lid. You are now all prepped for the debossing process! The base plate and lid are now inserted together into the die-cutting part of the machine and cranked through. During this process, the inked plate pushes down and creates a letterpress relief in the paper – it's as simple as that!
There are many important Letterpress Accessories you need to think about purchasing before you begin this process. Firstly you'll need a selection of printing plates so that you have a choice of designs to deboss. You'll also need a selection of letterpress inks and a brayer or two to complete the process. We recommend that you purchase oil-based or rubber-based ink in an array of different colours for optimum design choice, plus a soft rubber brayer up to 6 inches wide. You'll often find that there are kits available containing a huge amount of these basic supplies to get you started, which will no doubt save you a lot of time and money when beginning your letterpress printing journey!