Unlock Your Creativity with BetterPress: A User-Friendly Guide
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Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Hey there, crafty friends! Are you ready to take your paper crafting to a whole new level? We’re thrilled to introduce you to Spellbinders BetterPress, a fantastic tool that will revolutionize your crafting experience.

In this blog post, we’ll dive into some frequently asked questions about the BetterPress and give you all the scoop you need to unleash your creativity. Let’s get started!

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Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: What exactly is the Spellbinders BetterPress?

A: BetterPress is an innovative and effortless system that allows you to create projects with the enduring elegance of letterpress design, without the complicated setup or mess. The starter system includes everything you need to begin creating when paired with your manual die cutting machine.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

The combination of high-quality cotton card panels, specifically formulated ink and detailed imprinting of BetterPress plates ensures that your projects will be irresistibly touchable, with luxury you can both feel and see. Experience the refinement of letterpress in your home with Spellbinders BetterPress.

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Q:What is included with the BetterPress system?

A: When you purchase BetterPress by Spellbinders, you’ll receive a thoughtfully curated package that includes everything you need to get started on your embossing and letterpressing journey.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

The starter kit includes the tool itself, which is comprised of a chase with magnetic platform, platen, and shims. It also includes a set of press plates, a selection of cotton card panels, a BetterPress Black ink pad and a roll of Best Ever Craft tape.

Learn more about what’s included in the box.

Q: Which die cutting machine does BetterPress work with?

A: The BetterPress system works with Spellbinders Platinum and Platinum 6 die cutting machines, as well as the Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Plus, and Switch machines.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: How is letterpress image different from stamp image?

A: When paired with the BetterPress Ink and Cotton Card Panel, BetterPressed images provide two distinct differences over stamped images: a high level of detail, and an elegant impression in the cotton card panel that you can feel, much like you would expect from letterpress stationery from a gift or card shop.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: How are the press plates themselves different from Glimmer plates or etched dies?

A: Not only are press plates a different thickness than Glimmer hot foil plates or etched dies, they also feature a special coating. This coating allows the ink to evenly lay on to the plate for optimal transfer to the cardstock.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: Can you use regular Glimmer plates in the BetterPress system?

A: No. Glimmer plates are thicker than Press Plates; using them in the BetterPress system will cause damage to the magnetic platform and plate.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: Can you use BetterPress plates in your regular die cutting machine?

A: BetterPress Dies can be used in a regular die cutting machine; the press plates do not cut.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: Can you use BetterPress plates in the Glimmer Hot Foil System?

A: Early testing suggests that yes, the press plates work beautifully when used with the Glimmer system to add hot foil to cardstock. The team is in the midst of conducting longevity testing to ensure that long-term hot foil use does not degrade the coating on the press plates, but early results look promising.

Q: How does the ink differ from other inks on the market?

A: BetterPress Ink was specially formulated by Ranger to be used in the BetterPress system. The ink is based on Ranger’s Archival Ink formula but has two additional features: a higher viscosity, allowing optimal transfer from the press plates to the cotton card panels, and more dye for intense color saturation.

Q: Can you use regular dye or pigment inks with the system?

A: For the optimal impressions, we recommend using BetterPress Ink. Traditional dye inks also provide a beautiful, clean transfer, as do Archival Inks; however, neither give the rich impression that you get from BetterPress Ink because of the dye level. Pigment inks tend to create a blurry transfer and are messy to work with on the press plates and magnetic platform.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

Q: How much ink does a betterpress transfer use?

A: We tested a variety of ink pad sizes and found the mini–ink pad to work the best. It was manageable for all size of images and line thicknesses in addition to making less mess than larger pads. However, because of the smaller pad size and increased ink saturation in the cotton paper, you will use more ink. Refill bottles are available for each color ink, and the pads and refills will last for hundreds of impressions.

Q: Can I use regular cardstock with the system?

A: Yes, any cardstock will work with the system; however, to get the full letterpress effect – an impression you can see and feel – we recommend cotton cardstock. Spellbinders offers the Cotton Cardstock in two weights, 118 lb. and 220 lb. double weight for a deeper and more luxurious impression.

Q: Can I color the images with watercolor, alcohol markers or other mediums?

A:BetterPress Ink is an oil-based dye ink, ideal for coloring with watercolor, colored pencils and other dye inks. While technically possible to color with alcohol markers, you may get feathering.

Spellbinders BetterPress: Your FAQ Guide!

We hope this FAQ guide has answered some of your burning questions about the Spellbinders BetterPress. Now, armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to embark on a journey of creativity and bring your paper crafting dreams to life. So go ahead, grab your BetterPress, and let your imagination run wild!

Happy crafting, everyone!

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