Take stamping and embossing to a whole new level. You will love the unique design you can create with Ink-its Letterpress Plates. The Bow Strings Letterpress Plate is easy to use and stylish. It will look elegant on any card, invitation or layout. Sizzix Ink-its leave an ink-debossed impression on your project. Each Letterpress Plate measures 3" x 8" and is 1/8" thick. It's the ideal size to create a border on an A7-sized card. Your ink-debossed impression will measure 7" long and 1" across. To use, cover the Plate with ink from any ink pad, and then place your paper on top. It's recommended that watercolor paper be used. Paper should be at least a medium weight or heavier (100 lbs or more) to achieve the optimum effect. Then, run the plate through a BIGkick, Big Shot or Vagabond machine with a set of Cutting Pads and the machine's Platform (all items sold separately). Creative note: craft metal can also be used with Letterpress Plates, but they should not be used with shiny or non-porous materials, as the ink will not dry. If you are using regular cardstock and are not achieving the results you would like, insert a thin piece of craft foam in your sandwich, between the top Cutting Pad and the paper. To clean: use water and a paper towel to rub off the majority of the ink. Sizzix suggests using a stamp cleaner to clean the plates for troublesome spots.