Well, it has been an absolute nightmare trying to get it to work properly...if I didn't have heart problems before I think I have now!!
If you have never heard of the Letterpress you can see a YouTube demo here.
Here are just a few of my attempts...initially I used the black ink that came with the starter kit...it is very thick and gloopy, it is meant to be, but it is very easy to brayer too much of it on. I also tried a Versafine ink in Spanish Moss, but this didn't work very well either. The other problem I found is that you need to use a thick soft cotton card to get the best debossed effect, quite restrictive if you want to use your ordinary coloured cardstock. It may work with other cardstock, I haven't tried, maybe you just need to pack it out more to get the required pressure but I think unless you've got thick cardstock it just isn't going to deboss as well.More than anything I wanted to get the debossed look as I think it looks so professional, well it does when it's done properly, but I don't think I achieved it. I used the cardstock that came with the starter kit. However, the more packing I put under the Letterpress plate to create more pressure, the more the outside edge of the printing plate showed and the more the ink splodged. I also found that the ink went all over the Letterpress when inking up the design, and I spent all my time just trying to clean up the ink before I could actually print the design. Maybe it's just practice but I've spent quite a while trying to perfect it. I would love to hear if anyone else has tried using the Letterpress with a Bigshot, and if you've had the same problems.
I really want to persevere as I really love the Letterpress designs and when it's done right I think it looks amazing, but first I need a lie down, it's worn me out!
EDIT: I remembered this afternoon that I had some really thick soft pastel colour card from Craftwork Cards, and it has worked really well, plus I haven't got myself in nearly as much mess (or quite as stressed either!!). I think I was creating too much pressure with the printing plate which was why I was catching the edges of the plates. Perhaps it is just a case of trial and error!