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I have a really fun and fast hostess gift to share with you today, Letterpress Coaster. Package them up in a pretty box, and you have a really pretty and functional gift. I'm over on the We R Memory Keeper's blog today sharing some ideas for wrapping up these letterpress coasters with the 123 Punch Board, and here on my blog I'll show you just how to make the coasters.
I wanted to make Christmas themed coasters, but you could really make anything for any occasion; monograms, butterflies, flowers, wedding, graduation...so many fun possibilities!
You'll need some plain bar coasters. They come in round or square, I chose these square ones. You'll also need a manual die cutting machine (I by far love the We R Memory Keepers Evolution the best!), the We R Memory Keepers Letterpress Platform, some letterpress plates (I used Christmas ones), and some Letterpress Ink. I prefer the new letterpress ink pads, but more on that in a bit.
Get everything lined up, and ink up your plate. The new letterpress ink pads are super easy to use. The roll on ink system works great, but it is so messy. The ink pads cut waaay back on the mess. You just need to dab the ink pad directly onto the letterpress plate until the plate is covered.
Then run everything through the die cutting machine.
I made at least 4 of every coaster. If you're careful, you can even ink 2 or 3 different colors on the same plate, like I did with the holly and with "Merry Christmas".
Stack them up and package them up, and you have some pretty letterpress coasters to gift to someone, and don't forget to head over the the We R Memory Keepers blog to see how I wrapped them up!