What's included with the BetterPress Sytem?
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.
What are the differences between a regular die cutting machine and the BetterPress system?
Dies cut paper into shapes. The BetterPress creates an image like Letterpress. It presses the ink into the paper for an extremely detailed image.
The BetterPress System Compatibility
The BetterPress Letterpress system is great because it works with so many other machines! A rule of thumb is that any machines that can Glimmer, or can cut Steel Rule Dies can also use BetterPress. The BetterPress system is NOT compatible with any machines that can't cut Steel Rule Dies or that don't have at least a 6" wide platform. If you still aren't sure don't worry, we've listed the compatible machines out for you.
Machines BetterPress is compatible with:
Machines BetterPress is NOT compatible with:
Can you use BetterPress Plates in the Glimmer Hot Foil System?
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.
Can you use regular Glimmer plates in your Betterpress System?
Spellbinders do not advise using the Glimmer plates in the Betterpress System as Glimmer plates are thicker than Press Plates; using them in the BetterPress system will cause damage to the magnetic platform and plate. However, some people have successfully used Glimmer plates in their BetterPress system. If you are looking to use other hot foil plates (or hot foil stamps) with the BetterPress, please ensure that the thickness of the plates are similar and that by doing this could void the warranty of your BetterPress.
How do the BetterPress Inks differ from other inks in the market?
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.
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.