Before the invention of offset printing, a letterpress was the only way to print multiple copies en masse on paper. The process consists of meticulous steps involving an arrangement of metal plates with elevated letters. A typesetter would select individual pieces of movable type, which are tied into assemblages called a forme. Paper would then be pressed against the inked forme to transfer the letters over to the paper. Today, using a letterpress remains an art form, allowing crafty people to make beautiful designs on paper for invitations and other projects.

Gold Stamping Ink

Ink pads commonly come in black or blue and you would see them in offices that officiate documents. Craft ink pads are special because they are available in unique colours for use with design stamps. Gold craft stamping inks are great for crafts and scrapbooking. Some contain fine golden glitter for stamping or fingerprint crafting. Others take on a metallic quality akin to marker pens, making them perfect for vintage typesetting for wedding invitations and the like.

Other Printing Equipment

If you want to print detailed images onto an imprintable substrate, heat presses are the way to go. These work by combining heat and high pressure to imprint a transfer onto paper, tiles, bags, shirts and other fabrics. They allow for repeatability and precision and result in long-lasting, detailed prints. Other printing equipment, such as button and badge makers, are also great for DIY'ers. Use them to create pinback badges by pressing a printed material onto thin steel circular plates. Next, press a backing onto the plates to finalise a badge you can pin onto your clothes.

Stamping Cards

Stamping cards are thick sheets of paper for letterpress printing. They absorb inks quickly and do not allow them to seep into the back, so your prints come out crisp and vivid. Cardstock is also good for creating tags, sturdy envelopes, cut-outs and origami.