my new toy: the L Letterpress

Are you a fan of letterpress stationery?  Me too.  I love the look, the texture ... it just feels luxurious.  This week I've been playing with the L Letterpress combo system from Lifestyle Crafts and it is kind of rocking my world.


The L Letterpress is actually a plastic system that you run through a die cut machine to simultaneously ink and deboss the paper, which creates the look and feel of real letterpress.  I love that this system gives the at-home crafter the opportunity to experiment with letterpress - you don't need a studio, or a 1,000 pound machine (although that sounds dreamy, too).   While it won't replace the ancient method, it sure is a lot of fun.  You can learn a little more about the L Letterpress by watching these demo videos.

Last night I devoted the evening to my tube of pink ink and made lots of valentines.  For this first card, I did a blind deboss (no ink) for the words "I" and "you" using the Scholastic Plate.  I also pressed some matching envelopes with my last initial on the back flap.


 I used the Blossom printing plate to create this all-over blink debossed card, and a die cut to add the love tag (the word love comes from the Twigs and Sprigs printing plate).


More love cards ...


And finally, a little something for Ruby's wall.  Now I just need to find a frame.

Can you tell I love that Blossom all over print?  It is one of my favorites.  I also can't wait to get my hands on the new plates that have just been released - the Botanical and Wooden printing plates are calling my name.  And don't get me started on the custom plates.   I see glorious Homemade by Jill letterpress in my future.

If you want to get in on the letterpressing fun, Lifestyle Crafts is offering you a 20% discount using the online code: LC2011BLOG02.  The code is valid through Friday, February 18.

Check out The L Blog for more eye candy and inspiration.

18 comments:

Tab said...

Oh you and your wonderful gadgets!! I dream of such things, but I could never use them with the creativity that you do :) Thanks for continually inspiring me!

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

I love pressed stationary--what an awesome tool!

Looks so profesh (that's what us lazy folks call professional)!

Rachel said...

That is really cool. I think my husband would kill me if I attempted to pick up another hobby though.

Nikki said...

I tried to buy this kit last weekend. I went to two Hobby Lobby's and they were both sold out. Thanks for the promo code, now I'll just buy it online.

Cute Stuff by the way!

Becky said...

I think perhaps you mean stationERy, not stationary.

homemade by jill said...

Sorry to disappoint you with a typo, Becky! This is what happens when you type a post at 1 am. Could have been worse. :)

Ani said...

Ooh, I've seen this around blogland, and it's definitely one more thing I'm adding to my "Someday" list. :) That would be pretty sweet to be able to do such nice stationery at home.

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

I am SOOOO good!! I love L Letterpress! My good friend's SIL is the mastermind behind it. That paper is delicious :)

And you can bet I follow their blog!

Taylor {Sew Much Love} said...

So beautiful! I think it's such a genius idea and really affordable as letterpress goes! I really love the cards you made too!

Oh and also whether you say stationary or stationery I still love your blog! ;)

kelsie rae. said...

oh my!!! i think i just died and went to heaven! i need one of these asap!

Laurel {Make and Takes} said...

Hi Jill! It's Laurel from your NYC Book Club :) I still look at your blog all the time and just love it.

I wanted to tell you about my aunt Marie's blog: Make and Takes, if you haven't been over there before. She has a "Spotlight" page and I totally think you should post some of your stuff on it. Like your onesie cookies (which I have had and LOVE) or your valentine bag or that cute owl teether. Anyway, if you get a chance it's at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Hope you guys are doing great in CA!

मोगरा फुलला said...

That's lovely! Have fun.

Michele said...

These are gorgeous!

Jenn said...

beautiful work as usual! between this lovely new toy and your silhouette i don't know how you're going to get any sewing done ;)

likeschocolate said...

I think I just might need to buy this. With a new baby on the way, it would be so much fun to make the announcents.

Elissa Day said...

I read some reviews that it is hard to get a good imprint. Did you have extra padding? If so, then what kind? Does this machine only work with the paper that they sell? Thanks for the info. I am ordering this today. I love it!! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing what else you make with it.

homemade by jill said...

Elissa -

I had no trouble getting a good imprint, but I was using the L Letterpress paper. I don't think you necessarily have to buy their brand of paper, but using a letterpress paper is essential to getting a good print.

kaitaustin said...

I am debating on making my wedding invitations on my own would this be a goo idea? And if so what does the kit come with I will need smaller fonts in order to write out all he information.
Thanks