Epic Letterpress and Die Cut Machine REVIEW

i had the fun opportunity of reviewing the Epic Letterpress and Die Cut Machine {made by Lifestyle Crafts}. ever since this nifty tool came out, i have been intrigued by its multitasking skills {die cut machine and letterpress}. i worked at my local scrapbook store at the time and quit my job there to focus on this blog before i got a chance to see how the Epic pulled it off. so it was nice to get my hands on this machine and have some fun!

for those who have never heard of the Epic Letterpress, what it does is emboss and ink a design in one step.

i’ll be the first to admit, paper crafting is not my strong point. cards and scrapbooking don’t come naturally to me! so i have to say, i’m ridiculously proud of that card up there! i think its gor*geous! i love the different textures of the card. i used the Letterpress capabilities of the Epic to stamp and ink the black flower design into the card and “Thinking of You”.

i’m in love with the look the Letterpress gives. very professional and clean looking. it is perfect for wedding invitations, cards, and business cards. i actually made a few business cards as well and they looked very nice.

when i first opened up the Letterpress, i won’t lie. i was a bit overwhelmed by all the parts and pieces. BUT after reading the short How-To instructions, i felt confident to give it a go and felt like i {kinda} knew what i was doing!

one concern i had with the Letterpress was the ink. i was afraid it would dry quickly and be a pain to clean up. {i have a very energetic and mischievous 2 year old so being able to clean up quick was a major concern!} but i was pleasantly surprised at the ease of cleaning up the ink. the ink is oil based and cleans up quickly and easily with the Letterpress Cleaning Cloths. and the ink is slow drying due to its oil based nature and so it stays tacky for quite awhile. 

i was afraid that the Letterpress would use tons of ink and that these tubes would be used up quickly. boy was i wrong! it takes VERY LITTLE ink to emboss even a large design!

*one little trick i learned is that if you use too much ink, the paper will stick to the Letterpress template and you will get ink smudges on your design. use very little ink- just enough to cover the design- and the paper will not stick but will come off cleanly.

Overall Thoughts on the Epic Letterpress and Die Cut Machine

  • there are a lot of parts, but totally do-able! 
  • i thought it was easy to use- after 1 trial run, i felt i had a good handle on how the letterpress worked and the amount of ink needed.
  • lining up the design and the paper was easy.
  • the Epic does excellent at both jobs- die cut and letterpress.
  • you will get ink all over your hands no matter what you do. but the ink is easy to clean up.
  • it is small and light weight.
  • i think it is a unique, fun tool that has a lot of possibilities!
  • i really enjoyed playing with it.
  • i felt the Epic Letterpress was very well thought out tool.

i believe Lifestyle Crafts has a pretty good sale going on right now until March 20. so if you’re interested in one, i’d definitely check it out before March 20!

Disclosure: i received free product to review. all opinions are 100% mine. i was in no way obligated to give a good review.

Linda
Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥
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  1. 1
    Michell @Girl in Air

    Oh WOW!! I want one!!

  2. 2
    The Answer Is Chocolate

    Thanks for the review…always good to hear from someone who uses it like you would. I want one of these soooooo bad!

  3. 3
    Amy @ Positively Splendid

    I have been wanting something like this for some time! I think letterpress gives paper crafts such a professional look!

  4. 4
    LittleBird

    Ok, so I soooooooooooooo need one these!!!

  5. 5
    Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty

    that is sooo cool i love it!

  6. 6
    CAS

    That is some cute card. I just might have to copy that idea.

  7. 7
    Princess Pookie

    ooohhh…I've been wondering about the letter press world. LOVE it! Cutie blog. Thanks for the review!

  8. 8
    I Can Craft That

    I am very interested in letter press so my question is what are the availblity/restrictions/capability of designs? do you have to buy plates for each design? and if so what does it come with?

  9. 9
    Donna C

    Will it accept Sizzix Bigz dies?? That would be a deal breaker for me. thanks!

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