DIY Letterpress, Pt. 1

Hey DIYers, As the L Letterpress has captured our attention, Lindsay Weirich at The Frugal Crafter blog has come up with a way to make similar debossing/letterpress set-up using her Big Shot die cutting machine, some masonite board, and duct tape.  Ummm, can you all say ‘super smart’?! Thought so.

This is a neat idea for those who already have a die cutting machine and aren’t looking to add another with the Lifestyle Crafts machine or starter kit.

From Lindsay: When I saw the home letterpress kit from Lifestyle Crafts I was intrigued but I wasn’t about to spent $150 on a whim especially since I had a die cutter and zillions of rubber stamps already, they also have a starter kit that has the contraption that you use the printing plates with, ink and paper for $70 but that is still a lot of money in my book. So I took an old plexiglass cutting pad from my Big Shot, a piece of Masonite and some duck tape and made this:

To see exactly how Lindsay did it, please hop on over to her blog post. Please do give her a hello and a thanks for sharing her talents with us!

Library Card Save-The-Dates

I love, love, love incorporating everyday places into a wedding theme. Museums? Great. A favorite diner? Neat. A school cafeteria? Utterly adorable.

If you’re a book nerd like me, then you’ll get a kick out of using library cards as save-the-dates (or even invitations).

To get you started pop on over to the Catalog Card Generator, where I made this:

How cute is this? Very cute, I say! Keep playing with the generator and you’ll find different card styles and colors come up each time. Nifty!  Unfortunately, the generator only outputs files into low-res graphics. They’re 72 dpi which is great for online viewing but doesn’t work so well for printing (you need at least 150 dpi for a decent print; 300 dpi is preferred.)

Now, if you’re wanting something printable head over to Chia’s Rubber Stamp Art and snag these bare bones templates:


As an alternate, Ez at Creature Comforts has this lovely set available to you.


You need fonts now, right?

I like MAILART font to mimic rubber stamps (great for the date).

One of my favorite typewriter fonts is Traveling Typewriter and it goes quite well with MAILART above.

ALL of these things are FREE, by the way. If you decide to download any of them, please give a big thanks to the creator(s) for their generosity and talent!

Pocket-fold Invitation

Folder-style invitation

Inspired by a popular line of similar, pricey invitations, we created our own version for just a fraction of the cost. This project takes a bit of time but the effort is worth it! The full instructions are available to members in our downloads area, under “Project Sheets”. Or click here.

Cost: $1.00 per invitation


4.75″ Square Program Booklet

4.75″ Square Program Booklet A small booklet-style program. Measures 4.75″ square when finished. Includes 4 pages (2 pages printed front and back) plus a cover. It also doubles as a CD booklet! Ours cost less than $0.60 cents to make, including beads, wire, and papers! Plainer versions with just paper and ribbon can easily be made for $0.25 each. Please visit our downloads area to get the template.


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