Hey there, creative souls! Are you ready to take your crafting game to new heights? Look no further because we’re here to unlock the secrets of BetterPress and share some incredible tips for achieving success. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, these tips will help you create clean, detailed impressions that will leave a lasting impact. So, let’s dive in and discover the magic of BetterPress!
Tip #1 Keep it Clean and Detailed:
To ensure pristine results, it’s important to periodically clean your press plates with Ranger Archival Ink™ Cleaner. Start by removing the plates from the magnetic pad in the chase. Grab a lint-free cloth, like a flour sack towel, and apply the ink cleaner to it. Gently rub the plates to remove any residue. For a thorough clean, rinse with dish soap and water, and make sure to dry them completely before using again.
Tip #2 Reink for the Best Impressions:
BetterPress Ink is an oil-based dye ink that offers incredible color and permanence. To maintain the best impressions from your press plates, it’s a good idea to periodically reink your BetterPress Ink Pads. This ensures vibrant and consistent results every time you create.
Tip #3 Choose the Right Materials:
While you can experiment with other cardstock and papers, keep in mind that achieving the same impressive results as with cotton card panels might be a challenge. For that truly remarkable impression, stick with the cotton card panels that BetterPress is designed for.
Tip #4 Mind the Thickness:
If you’re working with double weight cotton card panels, remember to remove the shims from beneath the magnetic base of the chase. This adjustment will help you achieve optimal results with your press plates.
Tip #5 Stay Away from Pigment Ink:
When it comes to ink selection, it’s best to avoid using pigment ink with BetterPress. The foam pad and ink can lead to excessive ink application on the press plate, resulting in an over-inked impression. Stick with BetterPress Ink or other dye or oil-based inks that complement the special formulation for the best results.
Tip #6 Pristine Cutting Plates:
When die cutting an image that has been “BetterPressed,” make sure to use a pristine top cutting plate. Since cotton card panels are thick and delicate, any cuts or impressions on the top cutting plate can transfer to the die-cut card panel image. Keeping your cutting plate in top shape will help you maintain the integrity of your creations.
Tip #7 Tweezers and Craft Tape:
Having a pair of tweezers on hand can be incredibly handy when working with the Best Ever Craft Tape. Use the tweezers to peel back the tape, remove the card panel while keeping the folded-back tape in place. Then, simply place the next card panel and fold down the tape on the corners. With this technique, you can enjoy multiple pressings before needing to replace the tape.
Congratulations! You’re now armed with some invaluable tips to unleash your creative potential with BetterPress. Remember to keep your press plates clean, reink your ink pads regularly, choose the right materials, and use the appropriate inks. Pay attention to the thickness of your materials, keep your cutting plates pristine, and make the most of your craft tape with the help of tweezers. With these tips, your BetterPress creations are bound to impress! So, go ahead, dive in, and let your imagination run wild. Happy crafting!