|Shiny DIY Printing Kit|
I chose the larger kit, which includes character sets in two
sizes. Also in the kit are seven platens in various shapes to set the type, a
handle, tweezers and ink pad. A smaller kit is also available with one character
|Kit contents. The round and oval platens will be fun for other projects sometime.|
In addition to all the letters of the alphabet (upper and
lower cases), numbers and symbols for several languages, the kit includes
useful shortcuts like .com, P.O. Box, http:, etc. The character sets are
clearly intended for printing things like impromptu business cards, tags or notes
that might include contact info.
|Two sizes of characters.|
|Tweezers can be used to grasp and place the tiny letters.|
|Useful shortcuts included.|
The box is designed to organize and hold all the pieces neatly.
Diagrams in the tray compartments show you where things should go so that
everything fits perfectly. (I must say, however, that unless every piece is put
back in its place exactly so, the lid will not close.)
|Diagrams show where all the pieces go!|
Setting lines of type with those tiny letters is easier
than I thought it would be. Although I don’t have to use the included tweezers
to pick up the letters and place them in the platens, they are handy for
removing letters or pushing them into place.
I used a single-line platen to make a stamp for the hashtag I’ve been using (#washyourhandthendrawit)
and a two-line platen for the number and date.
|Be sure to test each stamp before stamping on your finished work and fix any typos (lowercase b’s and d’s are easy to confuse when they’re backwards).|
The handle makes it easier to ink and stamp, but the first
time I stamped on my hand sketch, I forgot to attach the handle. I found that
the platen is easy enough to ink and stamp without the handle.
|Platen can be used with or without detachable handle.|
I love this kit! It’s compact and easy to use. The hardest
part about it will be remembering to change the date before I stamp.