The first is that I love the look of letterpress cards and projects and wanted to try my hand at them. I mean what is not to love about these cute letterpress cupcake flags Danyelle made using the Epic:
The second is that I love tools that multi-task. This not only allows you to create letterpress cards, but also create die cut shapes. And that includes any of the existing Quickutz shapes, which I happen to have a few of from my scrapbooking days.
And the third reason is that I am a true blue lover of buying crafting tools. It is in my blood to want the newest, funnest, coolest. And I know there are a lot of people out there like me. So I wanted to try it out and really tell you if it is worth your dollars.
So my son's teacher was having a birthday and I thought we could make her a letterpress birthday card together. She loves orange and I loved these fun circle flowers, so we went to work.
I have to say the quality of the ink and the paper that they sell is amazing. The cards and envelopes truely beautiful and something that you would be proud to send a wedding invitation on.
So what did I think?
If you are someone that loves to make your own cards, either for holidays or parties, than this machine is definitely the perfect tool for you. The combination of letterpress and die cutting capability gives you an endless combination of cards.
image from Kerry's Craft Blog
If you love making personalized favors for parties, this is also for you! I personally think the machine lives up to its full potential when you are creating multiple identical images. A lot of time goes into the set up, so printing 100 invitations wouldn't take much more time than printing 1. The machine has great guides and tools for making it easy to line up the paper for repeat prints.
The machine and the materials are all great quality. The only thing that I didn't like was the adhesive sheets that you use to attach the printing plates. You have to cut around the shapes, and the shapes I love the most are very intricate which means lots of time cutting. BUT I also happened to have some removable adhesive tape from my scrapbooking days and it worked perfectly with no cutting.
So although it is a little time consuming to make just one birthday card for your son's teacher, it is a great product for those of you that love to throw parties or make your own cards and on a regular basis. You will really love the end product.
Do you want an Epic Combo Kit and an assortment of goodies to try out for yourself?
To enter to win, just leave a comment letting me know what you would use your Epic Letterpress and Die Cut Machine to create.
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