OK, folks, there are some things I just can't keep my mouth shut about. The Home Letterpress Machine is one of them. All I can say is shame on you, Paper Source.

THIS IS NOT LETTERPRESS. This maybe can create letterpress-looking, or letterpress-ish, or letterpress wanna-be things, but to call this Letterpress - without any note of "not really but you can pretend" is an insult to our trade.

I'm just wondering how long it will be until Etsy is filled with stuff printed on this thing by people with no real letterpress training, no idea how to set type or imprint properly, and call it letterpress in the description or tags, selling cards for a buck a piece and killing sales for real letterpress artists trying to earn a livable wage. Not to mention, putting the consumer at a huge disadvantage as there would be no way for them to really sort out who is printing real letterpress and who is printing fake letterpress until the purchase is made and, inevitably, the proof is in the quality.

My bet is by tomorrow.

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Comment by Helen Evans on November 29, 2009 at 4:35pm
This is pretty horrifying. I can see all the scrapbookers getting thrilled about it but the results look distinctly homemade (and I don't mean that in a charming way).

I heard that both Boxcar and Elum are providing platemaking services for these things? THAT'S disappointing.
Comment by Lisa Schaefbauer on November 28, 2009 at 9:06pm
I just threw up a little in my mouth. I knew it was just a matter of time till Michael's starts selling plastic DIY letterpress kits.
Comment by Maggie Roberts on November 24, 2009 at 6:56pm
@ Katrina Davenport: Seems transparently self-serving. Of course they will look to make money making custom plates. It's the smart business move for them when looking at this in a broad sense, but where does one draw the line between money and integrity? I have always loved boxcar, but I am disappointed in their choice here.
Comment by Katrina Davenport on November 24, 2009 at 2:52pm
as a follow-up to this, I found it interesting that boxcar press is now offering their plate-making services for this product:

http://boxcarpress.com/us/blog/2009/11/24/l-letterpress-printing-te...
Comment by Paperwheel on November 22, 2009 at 9:09am
Major fail. Soon we will need to all need to use a symbol that shows our authenticity. Fail to the fake-letterpress.
Comment by Adrienne Berry on November 20, 2009 at 2:18am
You got me at "Shame on you Paper-Source". I almost barfed on my monitor when I got that email this morning and considered closing my account with WNP because of it. Disgusted!!!!
Comment by anemone letterpress on November 19, 2009 at 9:57pm
Personally, that brayer business would send me right over the edge. Seriously though, I think Kseniya is right about the scrapbooking aspect. From the video is looks like it would be time suck to produce multiples of one motif, let alone a two or three color registered card, complete with crackling fold ;)
Comment by Tamara-Fresh Heifers Letterpress on November 19, 2009 at 4:59pm
Stuff like this is all the more reason we need to get the word out about the real people who letterpress print the real thing and that the end results are very different between what we do and this, this fake?
Comment by Kseniya Thomas on November 19, 2009 at 9:55am
And a review from Paper Crave:

http://papercrave.com/l-letterpress-tool-review/

I'm sure Kristen would appreciate our comments!
Comment by Kseniya Thomas on November 19, 2009 at 9:42am

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