Create fun flourishes in an instant. The Flourishes Ink-its Letterpress Plates will look fantastic 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. This design is 7" long and 1 1/8" across. To use, cover the Plate with pigment ink from any ink pad, and then cover it with clear watermark ink and position 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). Letterpress Plates will work on any soft, thick material. Try it with paper, cardstock, chipboard or matboard. Craft metal can also be used. This product should not be used with shiny or non-porous materials, as the ink will not dry. Please note: if you are using regular cardstock and are not achieving the results you would like, position a narrow 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.