My second attempt with Letterpress went so much better - including the clean up as I had the Letterpress cleaning cloths. (Don't attempt to clean up without it! and baby wipes don't do the trick!) I have learned to be patient with the ink - I rolled it with the brayer quite a few times until it was uniform and non-lumpy, and I was able to get a nice thin coat of ink onto the plates this way. I also attempted to do some layering with the plates, using different colors and I must say, I was quite a bit happier with my purchase this time!
My cards that I made were for my dad and my dad-in-law, whose birthday falls within two weeks of each other. Here it is - see! see!! Don't you think that I'm getting better???